School Governors


Governing bodies have a vital role to play in raising standards and it is essential that relevant advice, information and guidance is available to support that role.

There are many benefits to being a governor, these are;

  • personal development
  • contributing to the success of the school and its pupils
  • training
  • a sense of achievement
  • working as part of a team
  • gaining expertise in new areas
  • understanding the education system
  • playing a role in your local community
  • making a real difference for our children!

 A valuable contribution

School governors have an important part to play in maintaining and developing our children's education. There is a heavier workload on governors now than there used to be, but equally, the importance of the governors' role has gained national recognition.

We are particularly keen to hear from potential governors from ethnic minority communities; see the list of current local authority governor vacancies.

If you are interested in becoming a governor please contact us or visit our Become a school governor page for an application form.

Contact the governor support team

Governor helpline

Governors, headteachers and clerks to governing bodies can contact the governor helpline during office hours, or e-mail at any time, to seek advice and guidance on matters of school governance.


Advice is provided on issues such as:

  • legal advice on governing body proceedings in accordance with current legislation
  • governing body constitution and membership
  • terms of office for governors
  • appointment of local authority representative governors
  • procedures and guidance on the election of governors
  • technical advice on governing body meetings including quorums, committee functions and so on
  • provision of advice and guidance as a result of legislative changes
  • provision of information and assistance about governor training.

Useful links

  DFE: School Governance

Official UK Government site offering up-to-date information on all aspects of school governance.

The National Governors' Association is a registered charity, established for general public benefit but in particular to improve the educational welfare of children by promoting high standards in schools, and raising the effectiveness of governing bodies.