Inspiring Governance

Inspiring Governance is a new service that connects thousands of volunteers interested in becoming school governors or trustees with schools and colleges nationwide. It is part of Inspiring the Future, the online matchmaking service that connects state schools and colleges with over 30,000 volunteers across the country.

Volunteers seeking to become a governor

To express an interest in becoming a school governorall you have to do is click here and add a few details about yourself – it takes about 2 to 3 minutes.

Your profile will then appear in searches by head teachers and recruiting governors looking for volunteers in their area that are interested in becoming governors. Your commitment at this stage is simply to spare an hour for an exploratory chat with a school, but the time commitment is likely to be between 5-15 hours a month depending on the needs of the school or college.

If you would like to know more about what is involved in being a governor, how the matching process works, or have lost your password then please ring Tamanna Ali on 020 7566 4882 or email

Governors/schools seeking new recruits

Schools and recruiting governors can register or login here to approach suitable volunteers interested in joining governing boards in their area.

The Inspiring the Future team can provide additional support to help you find governors to suit your school or college’s needs. Please contact Tamanna Ali, Assistant Inspiring Governance Manager at: or phone 020 7566 4882.

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Inspiring Governance

Across the country, hundreds of thousands of people give up their time to serve as governors or trustees of schools and colleges. They are one of, if not the, largest volunteer forces in the country and play a vital role in raising and maintaining educational standards. They set the vision, ethos and strategic direction of institutions and ensure finances are used effectively, contribute to school improvement and hold head teachers, executive leaders and senior management teams to account for educational performance. Ofsted is clear: good governance is a fundamental characteristic of a high performing school.

Inspiring Governance is an exciting new free service which connects skilled volunteers interested in serving as governors and trustees with schools and colleges. It also provides additional free expert bespoke support for volunteers and governing bodies as well as for employers wanting to run programmes for their staff serving as governors.

Inspiring Governance is run by the charity Education and Employers in partnership with the National Governors’ Association working closely with the Academy Ambassadors Network, the Association of School and College Leaders, the National Association of Head Teachers and other partners. Inspiring Governance is funded to 2020 by the Department for Education.

Volunteers sign up online and recruiting boards can search quickly and easily for the skills and experience they need. Inspiring Governance uses the Inspiring the Future online technology which already engages over 6,000 schools and 30,000 volunteers registered across the country. Hands on support will also be provided where it is not possible to make matches online.

As part of the Inspiring Governance service, the National Governors’ Association is providing free support and expert guidance for newly appointed governors/trustees via a dedicated helpline as well as through induction materials and online guidance.  The Association is also providing governing boards with free help and advice on the recruitment of chairs.

If you are interested in joining Inspiring Governance and expressing your support for these objectives please get in touch Tel: 0207 566 4882


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