Education is changing.
Over the past three years every secondary school in Leicestershire has become, or is in the process of becoming, an Academy - an 'independent' school free of local authority control.
Many primary schools have followed suit.
Only around half of the schools which were part of our Local Education Authority just a few short years ago continue to remain as such.
But everyone of those schools continue to have one thing in common.
They all still have Governing Bodies.
Governing Bodies are so important. They set the strategic direction of the school. They appoint and hold the Headteacher to account. They stimulate the schools position in the community. And increasingly they are setting the curriculum, performance monitoring and pay policies for staff.
Yet Governing Bodies are not staffed by education professionals. They are made up of ordinary people like you and I who want to give the best opportunities to young people and who don't mind giving up a few hours each month to deliver just that.
Governors come from all walks of life and that is their strength. They bring their life experiences to education, life experiences that enhance the academic management skills of educational professionals.
And yet their is a significant shortage of school governors.
Many schools have vacancies on their governing body, whether they are an Academy or under the control of LEA, and are having difficulty filling them.
The very best schools have outstanding Governing Bodies and the simple fact is that to be successful schools need people like YOU.
If you feel that you have a few hours to spare and want to make a real difference to the life chances of local children then please consider becoming a school governor.
If you are interested why not contact Leicestershire County Council Governor Recruitment, they would be more than happy to hear from you.