At Fisher German we encourage colleagues to get involved in their local communities and use their time, expertise and passions to support causes for good.
Colleagues who are interested in volunteering with schools may want to consider becoming a school governor. The role can be extremely rewarding, giving you the chance to shape a school’s future strategy and priorities.
You don’t need to have children to become a school governor, although many parents do choose to become parent governors at their child(ren)’s school. Schools are looking for volunteers of all ages – particularly those under 40 – to bring unique perspectives and wide-ranging experiences to school governor boards.
If you’re interested in getting involved, we encourage you to apply through Inspiring Governance. Part of the charity Education and Employers, Inspiring Governance connects volunteers with schools in England that are currently recruiting for school governors.
How much time do I need to commit?
On average, school governors volunteer around 8 hours a month, but there are opportunities for you to contribute more time if you would like to.
This time will be split between reading meeting packs prior to meetings, attending meetings (either face to face or online) and any additional responsibilities you take on. Colleagues at Fisher German have been involved in interviewing headteachers, supporting SEND initiatives and chairing finance committees, for example.
Colleagues can utilise their two days of paid volunteering leave to contribute towards any time they give to their school governor role during working hours, and this time can be taken in chunks throughout the year to provide you with increased flexibility to support your role. Read our Volunteering and Pro Bono Policy on FishNet for more information about how this works.
Simply register using the button above to have your skills matched with a school that needs your help and make a change in your community.