The new school year inevitably starts with the annual frenzied media attention lavished on the education sector. Among the current rich pickings of hotly debated topics, a welcome bit of news is Education Secretary Justine Greening’s confirmation that she won’t be proceeding with plans to remove the parent governor role from academies in England. Parent Governor role won’t be scrapped – BBC

 

Earlier in the year the government’s ‘Educational Excellence Everywhere’ White Paper was widely criticised for suggesting the role of elected parents on school governing bodies was to be scrapped, moving towards “fully skills-based governance

[becoming] the norm across the education system”.

 

While the role of parent governor is incredibly important, school governance in general is under increasing scrutiny with a growing focus on the specific benefit individual board members can bring. Schools gain so much from the wealth of knowledge brought in by external governors – often in a voluntary capacity – be it in terms of management, general business acumen or leadership.

 

Volunteering today is no longer just associated with graduates working in their holidays, but rather provides numerous opportunities to develop skills and broaden experience across various sectors and levels of seniority. Being on a board is another way of being involved in the community, gaining insight into different businesses and taking advantage of networking opportunities. Community involvement and board experience are also increasingly welcome additions to CVs, regarded as part of executive development.

 

Lending professional skills does require an investment of time at the very least, but the rewards in terms of self-fulfilment and potential career advancement can be great. Who knows, you might be helping to nurture tomorrow’s leaders … and how proud would that make your parents?