Online service launches to connect schools with volunteer governors and trustees

Online service launches to connect schools with volunteer governors and trustees

A new online service aims to connect schools and colleges with would-be governors and trustees.

Funded by the Department for Education until 2020, the free matchmaking service Inspiring Governance allows individuals to register their skills, and boards to look for governors.

It also provides advice and support for volunteers and governing boards, as well as for employers wanting to run governance volunteering programmes for their staff. It follows a survey by the National Governors’ Association (NGA) and TES that found 61 per cent of governing boards had difficulty attracting members.

More than 3,000 volunteers have already signed up to the service, which is run by charity Education and Employers, in partnership with the NGA.

Lord Nash, academies minister, said: “It’s more important than ever to give our young people the opportunities they deserve. This means building and
supporting better school governing boards across England.

“It’s essential that we do more to attract talented and committed volunteers.”

You can access the service here.

 

Featured picture: Lord Nash speaking at the Inspiring Governance launch event