£1 million announced to help schools recruit skilled governors

More than £1 million to help schools across England recruit highly-skilled governors is announced today by Schools Minister Lord Nash.

The funding, provided by the Department for Education (DfE), will support a new partnership between SGOSS – Governors for Schools and the Education and Employers Taskforce, to recruit and place more high-calibre governors in schools. An online tool will be developed to help more schools search for suitable volunteers and more bespoke support will be available to the schools that find it the hardest to recruit the experienced governors they need.

SGOSS – Governors for Schools and the Education and Employers Taskforce are founding members of the Inspiring Governors Alliance – an initiative launched by the DfE in May 2014 to inspire more high-calibre people to:

  • volunteer as governors
  • raise awareness among employers about the benefits of supporting their staff to be governors
  • encourage more governing bodies to actively recruit governors based on their skills

The alliance and its aims are supported by the school leaders’ unions ASCL and NAHT, as well as the National Governors’ Association (NGA) and employer bodies including the CBI.

School Minister Lord Nash said: “Good governance is an essential part of any school and as part of our plan for education we are determined to further support schools to find more experienced individuals who can use their skills and knowledge to help improve standards of education.”

Read the full press release: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/1-million-to-help-schools-recruit-high-calibre-governors