People volunteer as School Governors for many reasons – to give something back, to make a difference for young people and to utilise existing skills and experience. However, there are also clear benefits to the volunteers, but don’t just take our word for it. What do serving Governors say?
Responding to a governor survey carried out by the University of Manchester, 85% of people felt that they had gained new skills whilst serving on a Governing Board. And in the biggest survey of school governors in 2018, three quarters of respondents who were in employment said they had gained or developed skills that are valuable in their professional lives.
Respondents to a City of London Governor survey reported that their experience of volunteering made them feel more positive across a range of measures including: self-confidence; well-being; awareness of social issues; job satisfaction, and motivation.
Respondents to the same survey were equally positive about the kinds of skills that they had acquired whilst serving on Governing Boards. These included:-
· Team Working
· Influencing and Negotiation
· Problem Solving
· Decision Making
· Financial Skills
· Business Awareness
· Technical or Professional Skills
When asked to sum up the experience of governing in one word, governors described the role as challenging, interesting and rewarding.
Is it time to join the thousands of people who have already discovered these benefits?
If you want to gain skills in a vast array of different areas to help you develop professionally then serving as a school governor can help you towards that goal. Sign-in today at www.inspiringgovernance.org and find a governance opportunity in your area.