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CAN YOU BE A SCHOOL GOVERNOR?

schooladmissionpencils400The Isle of Wight Council is working with a national charity to recruit school governors from professional and business backgrounds.

SGOSS – Governors for Schools, is funded by the Department for Education and will be coming to the Island between 22 and 27 June and visiting numerous organisations and companies including the Riverside Centre, BAE Systems and the Isle of Wight College.

At each organisation, representatives from SGOSS will talk to staff about what being a governor involves, the benefits and how to become one.

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SGOSS_LOGO_KE v4Governing bodies have a key strategic role in the management of schools and are required to hold the senior management team to account. They are responsible for overseeing expenditure of schools funds and for the progress and achievement of pupils at their schools. Membership comprises of governors with the appropriate skills and experience to carry out the statutory roles and responsibilities of the governing body.

Isle of Wight Council Executive member for children’s services, Councillor Jonathan Bacon, said:

“We are pleased to be working with SGOSS to help recruit school governors from professional backgrounds.

“Although all schools on the Island have active governing bodies, there are always vacancies and opportunities for people to share their professional skills with their local school.

“Being a governor myself, I know it can be very challenging but it also very rewarding. It is a great opportunity to contribute to the education of young people on the Island and support the local and Island community.”

Adam Balzano, regional manager for SGOSS, added:

“In the last three years we have helped facilitate the placement of 10,000 governors across England, and we are looking forward to visiting numerous organisations on the Isle of Wight.

“Our vision is for every school to have access to diverse, skilled and effective set of governors who can drive forward school improvement.”

More details on SGOSS and how to become a governor is available at www.becomeagovernor.com.

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