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Become a community representative

School or college governors

Become a school or college governor to support and improve children’s education in Devon. You don’t need to be a parent or have any formal qualifications; just an interest in education, a willingness to contribute to a team and time to commit to visiting your school at least three times per year during school hours whilst also committing to your own learning about education.

As a governor, you will work as a volunteer as part of a board of governors who are responsible for making sure the school provides good quality education or reporting to a Trust Board.

You can help:

  • the school with its strategy
  • hold the headteacher to account for a school’s performance
  • make sure the school’s budget is properly managed.

You can apply directly to your local school or college, or via Babcock in Devon, 0r Torbay Council or Plymouth City Council.

Academy Ambassadors

Academy Ambassadors is a non-profit organisation set up to bring inspirational educationalists together with talented business leaders to build better multi-academy trust boards. Academy Ambassadors matches Academy Trusts looking to strengthen their boards with business leaders seeking to develop their board career. The service is completely free.. More information.

Exeter Church of England Diocesan Board of Education (EDBE)

Church of England schools and academies are community schools with a Christian foundation and ethos and have a very strong relationship with the parish church and local community. The role of any governor is challenging yet many find the opportunity of serving their school and local community by sharing skills and experiences very rewarding. Like every other school, being a Governor in a church school is a commitment to the children, staff and parents to make the school and the learning the very best it can be. More information.

Inspiring Governance  is the free online matchmaking service which connects skilled volunteers interested in serving as governors and trustees with schools in England. It also provides free, expert support for volunteers and governing bodies, as well as for employers wanting to run programmes for their staff serving as governors.  Funded by the Department for Education there is a Regional Manager for the South West who can help with local queries and who works to engage employers and recruit volunteers . More information.