Can you help make a real difference in Devon Schools?

Posted on: 12 January 2017

Devon County Council is encouraging people to consider becoming governors or trustees at their local school.

Good governorship for any school is essential, says the Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for education, Cllr James McInnes, but many people have a hazy view of what governors and trustees do within our schools.

Governors at maintained schools, and trustees at academy schools, work with head teachers and senior leadership teams in schools to ensure the best possible outcomes for the children and young people attending, and beyond.

As a Governing Board, they help set the strategic vision for the school; hold head teachers to account for the performance of the pupils and staff; and ensure that the school resources are used efficiently and effectively to support pupils.

“Good governance is about overseeing the success of the school,” says James.  “It’s about agreeing priorities and monitoring progress towards them. It’s not about running or managing the school or college – that’s the job of paid professionals.”

Governors or trustees needn’t be parents of children at the school, nor do they have to have a connection with the school or indeed be a parent!  Governors and trustees come from all backgrounds and walks of life, and needn’t necessarily have a knowledge of schools and education.  They do need to be over 18 years old though.

“Volunteering as a governor or trustee is hugely rewarding, with the potential to help make a real difference in Devon schools,” says James.

If you are interested in finding out more please get in touch with the Governance Consultancy Team, by emailing

1 comment on “Can you help make a real difference in Devon Schools?

  1. john mardle says:

    The key is quality in ensuring the right mix of Governors and ensuring they will not be caught up in issues re academy status or indeed the huge deficit in funding and lack of teachers and head teaches too.

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