Become a school governor

Want to make a difference in your community, and develop your own professional skills? By volunteering as a school governor or trustee, you can do both. Sign up here

Watch our campaign video by clicking the image below:

School governors and trustees play an important role in leading our schools

They set the strategic vision and direction, approve the budget and hold the senior leadership team to account.

Why become a school governor?

Our volunteers tell us that the benefits of being a governor are immense. These benefits include:

  • Developing your professional skills and experience such as strategic planning, chairing, financial planning, and team working, all of which are valued by employers and can assist your own career development;
  • Building relationships and networks in your locality and;
  • Supporting children and young people in your community.

Anyone over the age of 18 can be a governor and you don’t need to be a parent. Find out more about the role.

Applying to become a governor is easy

Inspiring Governance can help you find a school governor role that develops, inspires and challenges you. It’s free and easy to use.

  • Connect with local schools and colleges via our easy-to-use website.
  • Our innovative mapping tool allows you to view opportunities near you and schools can see that you are interested.
  • Once appointed, receive free expert support and training from the National Governance Association (NGA), the leading independent charity that supports and promotes good governance in schools.

Sign up with Inspiring Governance and look for vacancies near you

  1. Your journey starts with a simple online registration. Tell us a little about your skills, experience and preferences in relation to being a governor.
  2. Your profile can be seen by local schools and colleges seeking new recruits.
  3. If your profile catches their eye, they will contact you through the website for an initial chat to start the process. Your commitment at this stage is simply to find out more.
  4. You can also view governor vacancies near you and express an interest for more information.

Many of us want to ‘give something back’ but aren’t sure how to go about it. Alister Bould outlines the benefits of doing just that by volunteering as a school governor and outlines the steps one needs to take in order to sign up:

Training and Support

You will receive:

  • A complimentary copy of an NGA induction guide – Welcome to Governance or Welcome to a Multi Academy Trust (dependent on school type);
  • Access to NGA’s extensive online guidance centre containing a wealth of governance resources;
  • Dedicated telephone and email support – staffed by professional advisers – to walk you through your first year;
  • NGA’s weekly e-newsletter featuring the latest education news and policy updates;
  • A monthly ‘hot topics’ email designed especially for new governors and trustees;
  • Over 50 training modules on NGA’s Learning Link
  • Eight new Core CPD accredited modules
  • A certificate of achievement with every module
  • Secure access 24 hours, seven days a week
  • Multi-device access – usable on desktops, tablets and smartphones
  • Tracked learning – revisit content, take a break or pick up where you left off
  • A dedicated support service
  • If you are aged under 40, membership of the Young Governors’ Network.

This support and training is designed to complement local and face-to-face training which will be provided by your school as part of your induction.

Sign up now for 12 months free support

Questions? Please contact us at or phone 020 7566 4880.