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Use your risk management experience to become a school governor

As Risk Professionals, IRM members are used to working across a wide and diverse section of the industry to help build excellence in risk management and improve the way organisations work.

And, just as meeting the demands of an increasingly complex and challenging business environment requires understanding, analysing and addressing risk to make sure organisations achieve their objectives, improving the performance of schools and most importantly the life chances of young people requires an equally multi-skilled governing board.

The remit of a school governor is a strategic one and a great opportunity to gain experience of operating at board level. It will test all your skills of judgement so that you make the best decisions in the interests of children. Anybody over 18 can be a governor and you don’t have to be a parent. In fact, 250,000 people are already governors, yet there remain national shortages and schools throughout England would welcome the skills that risk professionals can bring, for example;

  • Experienced working with stakeholders
  • Ability to challenge, ask questions and seek answers
  • Strategic leadership and project management
  • The analytical approach and attention to detail
  • Being collaborative and working as a team

School governors follow a Code of Conduct which provides a set of values and virtues by which to evaluate actions.

The 3 core functions of a governing board are:

  • Agreeing on a long term strategy for ensuring compliance of the school's clarity of vision, ethos and culture
  • Holding executive and senior leaders to account for the conduct and educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and agree on the budget and staffing structure required to deliver the strategy

Lynn King Head of Governance Programmes at Inspiring Governance explains “As an IRM member your strategic leadership and analytical skills, alongside current thinking and ability to ask questions and seek answers, makes you an ideal school governor candidate”.

Inspiring Governance (IG) is a Department for Education funded programme delivered by the Charity Education and Employers, whose published research Governing Our Schools: 10 years on shows ‘there was unanimous agreement that volunteering as a school governor was beneficial for both volunteers and their employers’.  It is run by the charity Education and Employers and comes with 12 months of free CPD accredited training for all newly appointed governors, provided by sector experts the National Governance Association (NGA).

Schools need governors from all walks of life; individuals who can bring a mix of professional skills and life experiences to the table. If you’d like to find out more, please visit https://www.inspiringgovernance.org/volunteers/

 

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