FSB tackles shortage of governors


The problem over the lack of school governors is being tackled by the Federation of Small Businesses, East Sussex County Council and Governors for Schools.

The trio are trying to get more employers and their staff involved in school governance.

Volunteers with a business background are essential as school governors need to utilise their skills and experience to set the strategic direction of their school and ensure that it is constantly striving to deliver an outstanding education to every child. With more than 500 vacancies on governing bodies across East Sussex, many schools are currently in need of the professional skills that the FSB belives its members have in abundance.

FSB regional chairman Brett McLean said this September and October the organisation was calling on its members to go back to school.

“I am driving this initiative in order to ensure that ‘today’s students are tomorrow’s employees, employers and entrepreneurs’,” said Mr McLean.

“People can help to secure the business community of tomorrow and volunteer as a school governor. We need skilled and motivated governors who are committed to transforming our schools.

“By contributing just 10-15 hours per term you can have a tremendous impact on local education as well as benefiting from this fantastic professional development opportunity.”

Free training is provided by East Sussex County Council and those volunteering can learn and practise transferrable skills such as budgeting, project management and HR amongst many others.

The FSB is currently running a recruitment campaign and anyone wanting more information should contact Rebecca Martyn on 020 7288 9543 or at this month’s Federation of Small Businesses breakfast meetings.