Schools in Milton Keynes are seeking motivated volunteers who are committed to improving education and making a positive difference to children’s futures.

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Who can be a governor?

School governors and trustees come from all walks of life.   You do not need any special qualifications other than to care about children and young people's education, have an interest in your community, a willingness to learn new skills and time to commit to the role.  Diversity of background, skills, knowledge and experience adds to the effectiveness of a governing/trust board.

To be eligible to be a governor or trustee you must be aged 18 or over.

What do governors do?

Governors work strategically and have three key roles:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding senior leaders to account to ensure the best possible outcomes for every pupil
  • overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

Governors fulfil these roles by:

  • attending governing board meetings
  • regularly reviewing the values, ethos and strategic direction of the school or trust
  • looking at and discussing with executive leaders information on the school’s or trust's progress
  • visiting during the school day to see policies and plans working in practice,
  • listening to the views of staff, pupils and parents 
  • involvement in the appointment of senior leaders
  • hear appeals in respect of complaints, pupil exclusions and staff disciplinary matters
  • attending induction, safeguarding training and undertaking ongoing development

How much time will it take?

This can vary dependent on the board, but on average you will need to be able to commit 7-10 hours a month during term time to make a meaningful contribution.

Governing board meetings generally take place during the evening. However, there will also be opportunities to get to know the school and see it in action, including formal visits, and more informal activities such as assemblies, sport days and concerts.

Will I receive training?

Milton Keynes City Council’s Governor Services offer a wide range of training opportunities to trust and governing boards within the city.  Newly appointed governors/trustees are highly recommended to complete induction and safeguarding training shortly after appointment.  Ongoing training should also be undertaken to ensure an individual has the necessary up-to-date knowledge to effectively carry out their role as a governor/trustee.  An induction will be provided by the board/school and fellow board members, including the headteacher will offer help and support.

Applying to be a governor

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