Could you, a colleague or friend Be A Governor?
There are around 200 vacancies in Bristol schools for governor and trustee roles. Could you, or a team colleague - or that neighbour with the finance and computer skills - help raise school standards? People are volunteering in 2018, but we need more to come forward and enjoy the shared benefits.
From January 2018 to the summer break, we're asking employees and companies to apply for school governor and trustee roles. There are currently more than 200 vacancies across the city that schools wish to fill. To improve this Bristol needs you, your business colleagues, sole traders and members of the volunteering community to add to the good work being done on school boards today. Good governance can raise outcomes and life chances for young people across the city. Can you help make the difference?
Schools really stand to benefit from the skills you, as employees or volunteers, can bring to governing bodies, from project management to legal and HR experience – and of course the people skills that create successful business. Likewise you, as individuals - and your organisations - stand to benefit from the skills and learning that board members can bring back to the workplace. These include increased confidence and decision-making abilities, alongside communication, leadership and management skills. And let's not forget what good corpoprate social responsibility can do for a firm's image.
Working with the DfE funded Inspiring Governance a new, online process that matches potential governors to Bristol schools has been created, as well as an introduction for employees, explaining the easy application process and what to expect of the role:
- An interactive PDF, ‘Could you be a governor?’ - explore our introduction
- This intro delivers readers to Bristol’s apply-online portal – Be a Governor in Bristol
Bristol Learning City is working directly with partners Business West and Skills West to find new volunteers. Bristol wants to see a high proportion of current vacancies filled, especially those in more deprived wards, by the start of the new school year in September 2018.
Please support 'Be A Governor' by following the links above and consider applying to become a governor. It takes time and commitment, but the rewards can be great.
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