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Could you be a school governor?

ARE you a member of one of Liverpool’s diverse communities? Have you ever thought about becoming a school governor?

Liverpool City Council is committed to ensuring boards of governors represent the communities they serve and is encouraging people from diverse groups to volunteer for this satisfying role.

Anyone wishing to get involved will be joining over 2,000 other people who support the city’s schools and will be required to attend about six meetings each year and take part in training to support their work.

Governors are not involved in the day-to-day running of a school but set its strategic direction as well as support and challenge the school’s leadership team.

Anyone who would like to find out more about the role can attend an online session on 30 November at 10am via Zoom. Attendees should pre-register.

There are also further details and an application form on the council’s website.

Cllr Tom Logan, cabinet member for education and skills, said:

“I’m absolutely committed to ensuring that boards of governors reflect the communities that they serve.

“If parts of our communities are not represented then they don’t have a voice in the decision-making process.

We need to make sure we have people who will bring diverse perspectives to that process which will ultimately improve schools for children and young people.

“If you think that being a governor isn’t for you, I’d challenge you to think again! You will undoubtedly have skills, experience and cultural diversity which will enrich a school community.

“This is an important but an enjoyable role and it is a fantastic chance to make a real difference for children and young people.”

Ahmad Dolani, a governor at Smithdown Primary School, which was rated as “outstanding” in its recent Ofsted report, said:

“After being elected as a school governor, I was really amazed by the level of contribution that I could offer to my community. I was honoured by the trust of great parents, privileged by the acceptance of the amazing school team, and dignified by the outstanding achievements of our talented students.

“Every meeting I attend is a chance to voice thoughts, aspirations, and even the fears of a diverse, yet unified community. It is a great role that leads to better use of the potentials found in every member of our unique Liverpool community. This is a role that many in the community should take on for brighter outcomes for our future generations.”