We think it’s important that governance in our schools should be representative of the local community.
To that end each of our schools has a Local Governing Committee, with representatives from staff, parents, and community members. We also have a Board of Directors, who are accountable for all the schools in the Trust and provide oversight as a group of schools.
You can expect to develop a range of both new and existing skills. Training is provided and there is a wealth of independent training providers which offer opportunities for professional development.
You might want to develop your professional expertise in a specific capacity, or it could be softer skills like team working as the governing committee or Board deliberate and reach a significant decision.
School staff make up part of a governing body so as a trustee or governor you are not expected to have a working knowledge of the education sector. What is more important to the role is a specific working skill set relevant to the operations of a governing body (HR, data analysis, finance, project management) and commitment to the position.
There’s no denying that being involved in governance is a challenge, but that’s a good thing. The role should be a challenge (because it’s important) and it can put you out of your comfort zone when you have to get to grips with new policies, procedures and challenges.
This challenge does not necessarily mean the role is time consuming – though of course it can be – but it will certainly, at least initially, challenge you to think in new ways and work with new people.