Join us, say school governorsJun 11, 2013
Dan Hewett and David Giles, who have 35 years of governing experience between them say that anyone who wants to make a difference to the education of children and young people in Milton Keynes should consider taking on a governor role.
School governors work in partnership with a school’s headteacher to promote high standards of educational achievement and improve outcomes for children. They also provide the strategic direction for the school.
Mr Hewett has been a governor at four schools in Milton Keynes and is currently the chair of governors at Broughton Fields School.
He said: “Being a school governor is an essential part of giving all of our children the best possible education. It is a really important part of my life – I get so much from it personally and at the same time I can make a real difference to the futures of so many children.”
Mr Giles, a governor at three schools – Walton High, New Chapter and Lord Grey – added: “All governors have something to contribute, bringing their own life skills and experience.
"Additionally, we are very lucky in Milton Keynes – there is an excellent governor support team at the council who are always ready to offer help and support. There is also a huge range of exceptional training programs to improve your skills.
“Governorship is hard work, but meetings are often fun and fulfilling and it is an excellent way of giving something back to the community.”
Governors do not need any special qualifications other than to care about children’s education and well being and have the time available to make a difference.
Each governor can devote as much time as he or she wishes but will typically attend one full governing body meeting a term and will also be invited to join a committee or two which will meet once a term.
Cllr Andy Dransfield, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Children’s Services and Lifelong Learning, said: “We are grateful for the commitment of governors like Dan and David who make a valuable contribution to their schools. I encourage more people to get involved and work with us to ensure that all our schools are outstanding”.
Mr Hewett added: “As part of the school team I can see how the decisions we make as governors make a real difference. Being part of the Governing Body, I have developed skills that I’ve been able to use at work and at home. The reward of seeing the children go on to succeed in their education is immense!”
There is an extensive development programme for governors and support from the local authority will help you to become familiar with your role as quickly as possible.
Visit www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/mkgovernors for more information and an application form. If you would like to talk to someone about becoming a governor, contact the Governor Services Team at Milton Keynes Council on 01908 253614.