Norfolk schools seek people from Essex to become governors
Pupils at Diss Junior Academy part of the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust. - Credit: James Bass Photography
Shortfalls in school governors has seen Norfolk schools launch a recruitment drive and consider applications from as far afield as Essex.
Governing boards play a vital role in the effective running of schools but hundreds of places across the county remain unfilled, a position made worse by the pandemic.
School governors are responsible for a huge variety of tasks including appointing headteachers, examining how money is being spent and scrutinising the progress that students make.
But the position is unpaid and it is hard to recruit volunteers, especially in rural Norfolk and villages with high proportions of second home owners.
Jill Wakefield, head of governance for the Diocese of Norwich Education Services, said its 110 schools and academies had about 200 vacancies, 20pc fewer governors than they should have.
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“Particularly in the rural areas, we do struggle to attract people,” she said. “In Norwich there is probably less of a problem, but most of …
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