An education charity which supports school governors is launching a new campaign in Suffolk to encourage more people to take up the role.
The Governor Stories campaign is being launched at Quay Place in Ipswich on October 9 by charity Governors for Schools, with the aim of inspiring people to consider joining their local school’s governing board.
The scheme aims to break down some of the stereotypes of school governors, and encourage people of all backgrounds and varying skills sets to consider the role.
It has recorded the experiences of more than 30 governors so far, to help people understand the realities of what it involves.
Louise Cooper, Governors for Schools chief executive said: “Across England, but particularly outside the urban areas, we are really seeing a strong demand for governors.
“We really want to get the word out there to people that might not have considered it before – what can you bring to a school that’s near you?”
Ms Cooper said part of the project was breaking down common misconceptions, and said that the best governing boards featured people with various skills sets such as finance, HR or management, and didn’t require everyone to have a detailed knowledge of the education sector.
It also aims to encourage younger people and women to consider roles, while businesses are being encouraged to help support their employees to become governors as part of their engagement with their community.
Tina Ellis, who is on the governing boards at Ormiston Denes Academy and East Coast College in Lowestoft, said: “It’s really good to see pupils improving – you get a real buzz out of seeing the successes of the students and development of teaching staff.
“It’s not just a board meeting – often there are sub-meetings or particularly in primary schools you do have a variety of things.”
Data published by Suffolk County Council in May revealed 378 vacancies across 149 local authority-maintained schools, prompting it to relaunch its Govern Suffolk campaign.
The event will run from 10am-12pm featuring speakers, advice and support and a chance to speak to people to get involved.
Gordon Jones, cabinet member for children’s services, education and skills at Suffolk County Council said: “Becoming a school governor is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a team that can positively influence children’s lives.
“I was a school governor myself for many years and found the experience to be incredibly rewarding.
“The Governors Stories campaign is really important with school governors playing such a vital role in our education system.
“They provide strategic leadership and accountability and ensure the school is as good as it can be.
“We need more Suffolk residents to put their skills into our schools to continue driving up standards.”
Source: Sudbury Mercury.
Posted in Academy news on 5th September 2018.
Festive fever has spread across Lowestoft as residents got into the Christmas spirit at the town’s switch-on on Saturday afternoon. Not even the weather or a temporary tree light failure could put a damper on the festivities which culminated in the big Christmas lights switch-on. The lights in the town centre were switched on by […]
A clifftop ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War attracted a fine turnout as a “very moving” community event was held. An estimated crowd of more than 500 people turned out on Pakefield Cliffs on Sunday, November 11. Those present saw the beacon lit as the bells tolled to […]
Interactive workshops have helped to inspire the “next generation of engineers and scientists.” A “hands-on science roadshow” has rolled into Lowestoft as a series of wind power and engineering workshops take centre stage. Using coding to make traffic lights turn green, assembling an arch bridge, looking at how energy is generated and hearing about what […]
A popular exhibition was hailed as a “roaring success” as record numbers descended on Lowestoft. The fifth annual Lowestoft model engineering and model making exhibition was held at Ormiston Denes Academy over the weekend, with a diverse range of exhibits inspiring people of all ages. The exhibition, organised by the Halesworth & District Model Engineering […]
An academy trust which educates thousands of children across the region has secured a £2m funding boost to develop social action projects. Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) will receive the money through the #iwill Fund to ensure pupils engage in meaningful youth social action and develop social, emotional and life skills. The trust has numerous academies […]
An education charity which supports school governors is launching a new campaign in Suffolk to encourage more people to take up the role. The Governor Stories campaign is being launched at Quay Place in Ipswich on October 9 by charity Governors for Schools, with the aim of inspiring people to consider joining their local school’s […]
It was another day of celebration for young people who found out the results of the toughest exams of their school careers so far. Students across Lowestoft and Southwold were greeted with good news as schools continued their upward progress despite fears that exam grade changes would prove a setback. At Ormiston Denes Academy it […]
Ormiston Denes Academy was celebrating this week after being honoured with a national Quality in Careers award, recognising the outstanding careers advice it provides to its students. Credited by Prospects, the academy has achieved the highest, Gold-level accreditation, which is part of the Quality in Careers Standard award programme. The standard is awarded to schools […]
In May students in Year 10 visited the International Aviation Academy in Norwich. They climbed aboard a full-size Boeing 737-300 operational aeroplane and were later challenged to identify different parts of an aeroplane’s fuselage. They learnt that they can start training at 16 and progress to employment or the BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Engineering Practice […]
Ormiston Denes Academy has hit the spotlight, with some of its students being given the unique chance of starring in a new film by renowned movie-makers Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis. The academy was selected to be one of the settings for the film, which is based around the Beatles. Fifty students at the academy […]
Ormiston Denes Academy has been praised for taking effective action after being told it requires improvement by Ofsted. The academy received a monitoring visit on June 20 after a full inspection in April last year when it was given the rating in all four key areas, including outcomes for pupils and quality of teaching. However […]
Students from Ormiston Denes Academy got the chance to experience the daily lives of their teachers as part of a new project. The Year 11 students were invited to take part in the Teacher Experience within the academy for six days over the last two weeks. A selection of Year 11 students who have an […]