Educators on Board
Governing boards must have a balance and diversity of knowledge, skills and experience – including that of education professionals – in order to be effective. Teachers, middle leaders and senior leaders can make a valuable contribution to the governing board of a different school/ trust (to where they are employed). We are encouraging educationalists to find out more about the opportunity. Find out why in this short video from our chief executive Emma Knights.
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the School System Lord Agnew said: “The role of governance in our school system cannot be underestimated – it underpins our efforts to continue raising standards in our schools. Governors and trustees have a huge opportunity to make a positive impact, and we need even more people to come forward to invest in their local community... and to boost their own skills and experience. NGA’s campaign [offers] a fantastic opportunity for school leaders to gain more experience and develop their own careers.”
To a governing board:
- Getting someone with eduation expertise and experience on your board can help you in effectively supporting and challenging executive leaders
- You can benefit from someone who brings ideas and insight from a different phase, type of school or area
- Their specialist skills may include data analysis, teaching and learning, SEND, curriculum, safeguarding and more which can add value
To a governing board as the employer:
- When considering succession planning to senior or executive leader positions, you will benefit from having candidates who have experience of strategic leadership and working with a board
- As the employer, you should create a culture where staff and enabled and given time to govern in another school – it is an important part of their professional development and they will bring back what they learn
- Experiencing governance will help to create a more governance-literate staff who understand the role of a governing board
Why should educationalists volunteer?
There are enormous professional development benefits to doing so. Governing in a different school provides valuable experience of strategic leadership including finance and human resources for aspiring leaders whilst teachers can utilise and grow their skills and experience in a different context.
"Being a governor is truly continuous professional development – I learn something new on every visit and in every meeting." Rob Leitch, a deputy headteacher in a secondary school who is chair of governors at a secondary school in a neighbouring borough. Read about Rob's experience in this blog.
Our campaign has won the backing of several organisations supporting and representing education professionals:
We want to make teachers and school leaders aware of the opportuity to govern and the benefits of doing so, enabling them to consider wheteher it suits their interests and circumstances.
How can we recruit educationalists?
We're asking governing boards that want to connect with education professionals who are interested in volunteering to register or login to Inspiring Governance.
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