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

IMPORTANT: If you have already signed up to Inspiring the Future, simply log in, click ‘My Profile, ‘My Activities’ and add School Governor. Your profile will then appear in searches made by local schools looking for governors.

Governors and trustees are volunteers who 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. By becoming a school governor you’ll be joining the biggest volunteer group in the country – more than 250,000 people like you are already serving governors and trustees.

Could you #JoinThe250k to help change children’s futures? Here’s how and why you should get involved:

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Why should you become a school governor?

  • Make a positive impact on young people’s lives and contribute to the issues that you feel passionately about.
  • Develop new skills, such as board-level leadership, strategic planning, chairing, financial planning, and team working, that are valued by employers and can help your own career development.
  • Use your skills and expertise to contribute to making our schools more effective. As a bonus, a governance role looks great on your CV.
  • Receive free support and training provided by the National Governance Association (NGA), the leading independent charity that supports and promotes good governance in schools.

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.


We take safeguarding very seriously and have robust procedures to address safeguarding issues. If we receive a complaint or concern about any volunteer’s or individual’s conduct, we will follow our set procedures.

As part of the governor or board recruitment process, volunteers will need to complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. This is organised by the school or trust. Volunteers may also be asked by the school or trust to supply references.

Devolved nations and independent schools

Inspiring Governance works with state-funded schools in England. If you are interested in volunteering in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, or in an independent school, please find more information here.

Other opportunities

Not sure you’re ready to make the commitment to become a governor or trustee? 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 for you.

Find out more about Inspiring the Future.