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A very warm welcome to our new CEO!

Louise Cooper has been appointed CEO of charity SGOSS Governors for Schools, suppliers of a free governor search and selection service for schools keen to recruit candidates with commercial experience to bolster the existing skills set of their Board of Governors.

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Announcing the launch of new Governor Induction training

Being a school governor can be a highly rewarding endeavour. As well as having an impact on local children in the community, the role also gives volunteers the opportunity to gain new skills, and develop existing ones, that will benefit them in their professional life. 8 out of 10 governors said they’ve learnt new skills¹ in the role.

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Widening Participation: getting universities involved in school governance

Tom Weaver, Widening Participation Officer at King’s College London, talks about his organisation’s support of school governance. In the last 3 years, just over 150 staff and alumni have been registered with SGOSS – Governors for Schools, seeking a school governor position.

 

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Teach First: Supporting school improvement beyond the classroom

 

We talk to Gemma Morris, Internships and Volunteering Senior Officer, at Teach First, about supporting participants and ambassadors to get involved in school governance.

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Competency framework 2017:The skills you’ll need and gain as a school governor

For the first time the Department for Education has issued a competency framework for effective governance in schools. It sets out the personal attributes the DfE thinks all governors should possess, along with the knowledge, skills and behaviours that it says are needed for governance to function well. Most competencies all governors are expected to possess, while others are reserved for the chair of the governing board, or a single governor.

 

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