Recruitment roadshow provides advice for prospective governors

PUBLISHED: 12:23 16 February 2006 | UPDATED: 11:33 04 May 2010

GOVERNORS form the largest volunteer force in the country and one per cent of all adults in England are school governors. Now Cambridgeshire County Council s governor service team is coming to Ely on Thursday to give more information about what is involve

GOVERNORS form the largest volunteer force in the country and one per cent of all adults in England are school governors.

Now Cambridgeshire County Council's governor service team is coming to Ely on Thursday to give more information about what is involved.

A recruitment roadshow will be in the city library between 10am and 2pm as part of an ongoing series of events under the council's recruitment strategy.

The roadshow will provide an opportunity to discuss the training and support provided for governors and to meet serving governors from Cambridgeshire schools.

Ideally a school's governing body should be representative of the community served by the school with a cross-section of people who all bring skills and experience from their day-to-day occupations to their role as governors.

Under employment legislation, governors are entitled to time off work for public duties.

There are various routes to becoming a governor. They can be elected, appointed by the local education authority, by a foundation supporting a particular school, or appointed by the governing body itself to represent the local community.

Governors have access to a wide range of training to help them in their work and the role brings the rewards of contributing to the local community and putting something back into the education system.

Cambridgeshire County Council head of governor effectiveness, Susie Hall, said: "A governing body should reflect the school's local community so everyone has something to offer schools. Our aim is to increase the number of committed and dedicated school governors in Cambridgeshire."

INFO: contact the School Governors' One-Stop Shop on 0870 241 3883 or email:

info@schoolgovernors-oss.co.uk.

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