Is there a cost to use Inspiring Governance?

No, the service is free to use. We encourage employers to download and use the free resources for employers, and our staff are available on email or the telephone to offer advice.

If you are a large or multi-site company and would like support to develop an employee governance volunteering scheme, our regional officers will be able to help. Most of what we offer is free, but depending on what your requirements are, there may be a small charge for this service.

Can all employees take part?

Yes. Anyone age 18 and above can serve as a governor. Governing boards benefit from having a wide range of perspectives and experiences, therefore schools are looking for governors of all ages and skill sets. Governance provides especially good professional development for staff at middle manager level, but those who are more junior and more senior also have valuable experiences to contribute.

Will staff need time off?

Governing board meetings typically take place in the late afternoon or early evening, so staff will need minimal time off. There also may be other events or meetings during the school day which governors are asked to attend. It is up to employers whether to give paid time off for these activities, but do keep in mind that they often provide excellent professional development opportunities and can be incorporated into staff training and development.

Are there any health and safety implications?

As you would expect, schools are very safety focused and will be fully compliant with health and safety regulations. As they are volunteering in an organisation with children, governors will need to have an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. These are usually undertaken by the school as part of the induction process.

Are there other ways we can support schools?

Yes. Our umbrella scheme Inspiring the Future has a range of volunteer opportunities in schools that require a time commitment of as little as an hour a year. It’s a great way to find out if volunteering in schools is right for your organisation.

Find out more about Inspiring the Future.