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Becoming a school governor

Becoming a school governor

Canford's Head of Geography, Mrs Alex Boulton, shares her positive experience of becoming a school governor. 

"It is the start of a new school year and in amongst the joyful chaos of the new term I find myself attending the third course of the week in the evening on Teams. Tonight I am learning about appraising a Headteacher, on Monday it was about supporting disadvantaged pupils and last week it was about ensuring the school curriculum is accessible to SEND pupils. All part of my staff development? Well no, not technically!  All of these are seminars I am attending in my role as a governor for a local primary school.

I became a governor a year ago at a local primary school attended in the past by my own children. I love education (which will no doubt be a relief to parents reading this!) and I am passionate about all pupils having the opportunities and support to fulfil their potential.  Primary teaching is definitely not for me, however I felt that becoming a governor would enable me to support these younger children and at the risk of sounding twee ‘give back to the community’.  In reality it has already informed my own practice and indeed I have received an enormous amount of CPD that I wouldn’t necessarily have accessed otherwise.

Many local schools are struggling to fill vacancies on their governing boards and therefore we can be very proud that many staff at Canford are governors. There is no doubt that the expertise of working in education in whatever role, brings real value to the board and enables us to offer support on a very practical level. I have advised on resources, curriculum progression and new initiatives. In return I have evolved my own understanding of the primary curriculum and of the experience that pupils have both academically and pastorally before they reach us at Canford. 

So would I recommend it? Yes wholeheartedly. It is time consuming there is no doubt but the rewards far outweigh the demands. On both personal and professional levels I have got far more out of the role than I have given. 

Please do consider becoming a governor; schools need people with a range of backgrounds and expertise."