Could you help raise standards in schools?

Schools in Derbyshire are looking to recruit governors who have professional or business backgrounds to help raise standards.

This is because the Government wants schools to change their governing bodies by September 2015, including appointing more business professionals.

Councillor Jim Coyle, deputy cabinet member for children and young people, said: “You don’t need to have a background in education or be a parent to become a school governor.

“We’re looking for skilled people to help us run Derbyshire schools in the best way.

“The role of school governors is a crucial part of the success of our schools and we want to recruit business professionals to help drive up achievement and shape the future development of our schools.

“New governors get lots of support and they can be sure of a warm welcome and a rewarding role.”

Anyone aged 18 or over and living in the UK can be a governor. Governors oversee schools’ long-term development.

They help set the school’s aims, allocate funds, appoint senior staff and act as a ‘critical friend’ who asks challenging questions.

The average time commitment is ten to 15 hours a term.