Become an Educator on Board

Joining the governing board of a different school or trust offers a fantastic development opportunity for education professionals. By contributing your experience and expertise, you will provide effective support and challenge to another school, and the school where you work will benefit from the insight and skills you develop.

Research undertaken by NfER for the DfE showed that three of the top seven skill sets sought by governing boards are education related: namely – local, regional and national policy knowledge; educational expertise; and school improvement expertise.

To help meet this need, the National Governance Association and Inspiring Governance launched the Educators on Board campaign and have worked with a range of brilliant organisations and individuals to get hundreds more educators….on boards! Could you now join the many education professionals that have volunteered as school governors?

Here’s why you should volunteer

  • ✅ It’s a substantial, varied and valuable professional development opportunity
  • ✅ Develop and extend your strategic leadership skills, personal skills and job related skills in an education environment
  • ✅ Get a strategic view of a school or trust: you’ll oversee budgets, human resources and long-term planning
  • ✅ Build networks and connect with other education professionals and people from the wider community
  • ✅ Broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of education issues and how they affect schools
  • ✅ Essential experience for aspiring future leaders

This is not just an opportunity for teachers – if you work in educational research, policy, delivery, Further or Higher education, or supply services to schools – this is a great development opportunity for you too.

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“Teachers know how much support students need when going through the education system, and by volunteering as a governor we are able to share our knowledge and skills to help the next generation get a great start.” Bridget Ampofo, Primary teacher


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Educators on Board - Emma Knights

Governing boards must have a balance and diversity of knowledge, skills and experience – including that of education professionals – to be effective. Our chief executive Emma Knights explains why it is a fabulous development opportunity for teachers, middle leaders and senior leaders, and how schools and boards will benefit too. ...


Teachers, school leaders, and all those who work in the education sector – please do consider the huge opportunities for career development in education that becoming a school governor offers and sign up with Inspiring Governance.

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