What is the role of a governor?

School and academy governors form part of the largest volunteer movement in the country, with just under 2,000 appointed or elected in schools and academies across Bolton.

Governors perform one of the most important voluntary roles in schools, and are people from all walks of life and backgrounds, with various skills and experiences, who want to make a difference to children's education.

Governing bodies are responsible for making key decisions in respect of the overall vision and values for their schools and academies. They ensure that policies and procedures are in place not only to provide a safe and stimulating learning environment, but also to provide children with the very best development opportunities to turn them into responsible young adults.

In conducting their role, governors provide support and challenge to school leaders to ensure the necessary focus on educational improvement.

Governance is also about holding Senior Leaders to account and ensuring the best use of staff and resources to provide positive outcomes for all children.

What support is there for Governance in Bolton?

The Governor Services Team maintains and develops effective provision for all governors and leaders within the Bolton family, and provides access to good quality, value for money services in order to strengthen strategic leadership and accountability.

The Governor Services Team aims to empower school governors by providing support, training and guidance in order for them to confidently and effectively conduct their roles.

As well as providing a comprehensive support package offering advice and support on governance law and procedure; the Governor Services Team engages with all schools and academies in Bolton to provide guidance and support through various publications, events and a dedicated website for Bolton governors - the Bolton Governor Exchange.

Through the annual Governor Training programme, the Governor Services Team provides access to a programme of centrally based training to assist governors to undertake their roles effectively.

Bespoke development packages are also available to support individual governing bodies and local area cluster groups in developing their awareness and understanding of governance.

For further information about the support available to governors in Bolton and to access a wide range of resources, please visit the Bolton Governor Exchange website.

I'm interested in serving as a governor, what do I do now?

You can find more information about the role of a governor and register your interest in becoming a governor in Bolton by visiting the Governor Exchange website via the link below.

If you are interested in a particular school you may wish to contact them directly to find out whether they have any current governor vacancies.  Or, if you are a parent of a child of school age, ask at your child's school if they have any vacancies for parent governors.

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