What inspired you to become a governor?
I had been a governor as a newly qualified teacher and then more recently just before I retired from being a Deputy Head of a primary school. It is a very rewarding and fulfilling role. I wanted to share my skills and experience with others.
Did the induction prepare you for your new role?
Everyone at the Trust and on the committee has been extremely helpful, supportive, and approachable. I was made to feel welcome from the outset and my experience has been valued.
They offer a good induction program to support new governors in their new role.
How does the Trust support governors?
They are always happy to answer any questions, they offer guidance and training. Meetings are well organised so we can focus on things that matter.
If governors want additional responsibilities they are assigned in line with their skills and interests - I am the Lead Safeguarding governor. To prepare for the role I did bite-size virtual training and met key staff. A Trust-wide virtual network is a source of support and helps us share best practice.
I have just taken on the role of Vice Chair and started the National Chair’s Development Program!
What is the most rewarding part of being a governor?
I most enjoy visiting the school and talking to the staff and children - we visit schools to gain assurance and understand what it’s like to be a pupil or member of staff at our school.
Thank you Arti!