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School Governor Programme

The School Governor role is one of the most important roles in education. Governors play a key role in improving educational standards and giving children the best possible opportunities in life.

The School Governors Programme at the University of Leeds provides support to hundreds of state schools by providing school governors from our staff and alumni community. We also support our School Governors in being equipped for the role and in enhancing their professional knowledge and skills.

Becoming a School Govenor

Schools need Governors to provide them with an outside perspective and to work alongside the school’s leadership to set targets, formulate school policy and plan for future development.

University staff can take up to 18 days in any period of 12 months to carry out the duties of School Governor. For more information see the University’s policy on Leave For Public Service.

Anyone can become a Governor – the only requirement is that you have the enthusiasm and desire to make a difference!

New School Governors benefit from a package of training and support from the start of their roles. Through our charity partners, staff and alumni have access to a suite of  e-learning modules,  monthly  webinars  and 6 months access to  The Keys  up to date intelligence, tools and resources

Visit the Governors for Schools website to register.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

We use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to guide our activity. Our School Governor Programme is linked to the following SDGs:

  • Number 4: Quality education
  • Number 10: Reduced inequalities
  • Number 11: Sustainable cities and communities
  • Number 17: Partnerships for the goals

Find out more about our impact on the SDGs.