Birmingham City Council

Could you become part of something big?

Why not join the biggest volunteer workforce in the UK!

More than ever skilled volunteers are needed on Governing Boards to play a crucial role in the success of schools and their pupils.

“Effective governance underpins our continuing efforts to raise standards in our schools.” Baroness Barran, Minister for the School System.


Birmingham City Council is recruiting motivated, committed, curious and collaborative people from a rich diversity of backgrounds to become Local Authority nominated governors at its maintained schools.

We are particularly interested to hear from those with experience in: finance, HR, health & safety, premises, SEND and chairing.

Being a governor is a potentially exciting and highly rewarding role that involves setting the strategic direction of the school, holding school leaders to account for improving performance and ensuring money is well spent.

The average time commitment of being a governor is 5-8 hours per month, although it will vary depending on the needs of the school and the role. This includes meetings, background reading, school visits and attending training.  Most Governing Boards hold their meetings in the evenings.

School governors have the right to reasonable time off from work for their public duties and some companies allow paid time off, so check with your employer.

Birmingham City Council offers its governors a bespoke training programme which includes Induction Training for New Governors, a highly informative fortnightly newsletter and an advice team is on hand to provide support and guidance.

Examples of how effective Governing Boards can strengthen schools include:

  • providing an external view, a different voice and perspective which can challenge assumptions and lead to better decision making;
  • having high aspirations for pupils, staff and the wider community;
  • approving and monitoring key priorities in respect of teaching and learning that increases the pace of school improvement;
  • supporting the development of leadership potential within the school through effective CPD opportunities; and
  • using skills to complement those of the school leadership team in improving provision and outcomes for pupils.

Examples of how being a governor can benefit you include:

  • promoting a sense of supporting communities;
  • providing an excellent opportunity for personal development in a unique environment;
  • acquiring transferable board level experience to enhance performance and employability;
  • gaining experience in areas such as leadership, financial and data analysis, business awareness, strategic planning and the education system;
  • the development of personal attributes such as self-confidence, team working, decision making, influencing, negotiating, problem solving and communication skills
  • the personal satisfaction gained from making a real difference to children and young people’s lives and helping them to realise their potential.

What do you need to do?

Simply register via the sign up link at the top of this page, complete a brief profile and search for opportunities near you. Your profile can also be seen by governor services, local schools and colleges so if it catches their eye they’ll contact you directly.


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