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“The SGOSS team has had a busy year and has achieved outstanding results. A record number of volunteers have applied to become governors and a record number have been appointed to governing bodies across England.

 

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Charese Lock, IT Project Manager at Lloyds Banking Group tells us why being a school governor is so worthwhile:

 

I knew I wanted to give back to those in my local community, like many other adults had done for me when I was a member of The Sea Cadet Corps when I was younger. I knew I wanted to focus on either young people or the elderly and after realising there was a real shortage of school governor volunteers, I felt it my responsibility to support my local school.

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Janet Scott, CEO of SGOSS, responds to the recent announcement from the Education Secretary that governing bodies should be ‘fully skills-based’:

 

"At SGOSS, we fully support the belief that governors should bring the right skills, knowledge and commitment to the table. However, that doesn’t mean that parents should be discouraged from taking up these important roles.The term "parent governor" might be disappearing but parents can still have a role to play as a governor. Parents have a range of skills that can add value to a governing board, both professionally and personally, and some schools will welcome their contribution - be that at their child’s own school or at another school within the community. 

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Don’t know where to start with transforming your school food culture? The School Food Plan, in collaboration with the National Governors’ Association, has produced guidance to support governors in championing a whole school approach to food and help create a culture and ethos of healthy eating:

 

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Catherine Roche, CEO of children’s mental health charity Place2Be

 

The chief inspector of Ofsted has recently announced that it will launch an inquiry into the effectiveness of school governors. Similarly, the Department for Education has revealed plans to investigate whether the quality of governance in schools could be monitored using performance metrics.

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