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Application for appointment as a Local Authority Governor

Become a school governor in Lancashire

Being a governor is a very rewarding experience. There are approximately 300,000 school and academy governors from all walks of life and backgrounds, making them the largest volunteer force in the country. They perform a vital role in making a real difference to children's education.

Becoming a governor is a great way to contribute to your local community and improve the lives of local children. You don't need specialist knowledge or educational expertise – governing bodies need a range of people who can bring the skills and experience they've developed at work, or in voluntary roles in the community.

To be an effective governor, you need commitment, time to attend meetings and to get to know the school, a willingness to ask challenging questions and to work as an enthusiastic member of the governing body team with the aim of promoting high standards of educational achievement. Ideally, you should also have some basic IT skills (e.g. using e-mail and the internet).

Governors are encouraged to take up opportunities for training and development, either through the school or the local authority, to enhance their knowledge and skills.

Governors who are in paid employment are entitled to 'reasonable time off' to undertake public duties, but this should be negotiated with your employer, and may be with or without pay depending on your employer's policies.

Can anybody be a governor?

People appointed as local authority governors will be expected to have some or all of the following:

  • a commitment to improving and raising standards in schools.
  • a willingness to use and develop their own skills for the benefit of the school including attending relevant training.
  • an ability to work as a member of a team with the pupils’ interests uppermost.
  • responsibility for promoting community cohesion both individually and as part of a team.
  • a willingness to sign up to and adhere to a governing body code of conduct.
  • a willingness to visit and learn about the school and.
  • an ability to attend governing body and committee meetings and other school events.

Certain people are disqualified from becoming school governors. Details are provided as part of the application process. You will be asked to declare that you are not disqualified when you apply.

How do I apply?

Please continue to the online form.

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