The RSA is working with the School Governors’ One-Stop Shop (SGOSS) to promote school governance. As many as 40,000 vacancies can exist across England at any one time. What challenges do members who are governors face in ensuring a full governing body? How do you recruit new volunteers?
For more information about the work of SGOSS visit www.sgoss.org.uk.
Hello Tom I am the Vice-Chair of Governors and have found that one way to recruit for the Governing Body is to make good use of your newsletter and website for the school. Harness the enthusiasm and motivational skills of any of your current Governros to increase awareness about the role of governors in the 21st Century. The roles, as we all know, can be time-consuming but taking the 'teamwork' approach where everyone is involved can cut down on the amount of work each governor has to do. Let those who show an interest know that the team in place will emsure they will not be taking on a huge workload. Encouraging current governors to become more of a visual presence at all events also encourages others to become involved. Look at the skills gaps on the Board and target local businesses to fill those gaps.
Encouraging governors to write regularly in newsletters and on websites saying how they feel about the difference they make to the school, staff, students and stakeholders is also a way forward. With increasingly busy lives, governors need to know what is required, why and how often. As we know, If all pull together and contribute, being on the Governing Body is hugely rewarding.