Promoting school governance as a volunteer opportunity is a great addition to a community engagement or Corporate Social Responsibility plan. Nine in ten consumers expect companies to operate responsibly to address social and environmental issues, according to a 2015 study by Cone Communications.
Employers who support their employees to become governors are demonstrating their commitment to their communities and helping to develop the UK’s future workforce. In addition, their employees volunteer gain valuable new skills.
What does it involve?
As an employer, you will most likely find that the benefits you gain as an organisation far outweigh the investment needed to encourage employees to undertake governance roles.
The support that governors tend to value most is flexibility around working hours and the ability to occasionally take some time off work, although governor activities generally take place in the late afternoon and evening.
There are many ways that you can promote and support employees to become school governors. This can involve:
- regularly recognising and celebrating employee governors, the skills they are developing and the impact they are having
- actively encouraging more staff to become governors and building this into staff development programmes
- allowing employees a certain number of hours a year to undertake governance work during work time
- advertising governor vacancies from local schools
- helping staff become better governors through a peer-support network that allows staff to share their experiences and learn from each other
- encouraging your experienced governors and senior executives to take up a trustee position in a multi-academy trust
Inspiring Governance can provide templates and tools, including posters for your staffroom, and guest speakers. To help get you started, take a look at our resources for employers.
Why not start now? You could:
- Develop an employee governors scheme
- Promote governance by putting up our poster in your staffroom
- Be a role model – volunteer as a governor yourself
If you are a large or multi-site employer looking to set up an employee governors scheme, our regional managers may be able to help.
Eileen Brocklehurst, South West, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Roy, East and South East, email@example.com
Richard Ellam, Midlands, firstname.lastname@example.org
Claire Leman, North, email@example.com