New drive to recruit school governors in Devon

Posted on: 14 October 2015

A new drive to recruit more governors for Devon’s schools begins next week.

A roadshow will be coming to Exeter, Honiton and Bideford to explain what governors do and how people may be able to help a school in their area.

Devon County Council’s Cabinet member for schools, James McInnes, said:

“Governors are unpaid volunteers who give up their time to enhance education in their neighbourhood.

“They are vital cogs in the school system, recruiting and appointing headteachers and monitoring the performance of the school and its staff.

“Schools need a good mix of people from their local community – from all walks of life and backgrounds – who can contribute different viewpoints, experience, skills and ideas.

“Schools across the county have vacancies for governors and this week aims to match potential volunteers with schools seeking recruits.”

The roadshows are being staged by Devon County Council’s school support company, Babcock, and people will be able to speak to serving governors and education experts.

The roadshows are at Exeter’s Princesshay Shopping Centre on Tuesday (October 20)
Tesco at Honiton on Wednesday and Atlantic Village, Bideford on Thursday.

There is free training available for school governors, both face to face and online, along with lots of support and advice.

Members of Devon’s governor support team will be able to explain what being a governor involves, what the time commitment is likely to be and the benefits to be gained, both by the school and by the individual who is volunteering.

Research has shown that governors can both share their existing skills and gain new ones, which can benefit their own life and career.

Skills such as adaptability, team working, communication, negotiation, problem solving, leadership, planning, organisation, decision-making, finance and building relationships are all used by governors.

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