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All roads lead north for education charity’s recruitment drive
Wednesday 15th August, 2012

A trio of workers from London-based charity SGOSS (School Governors’ One Stop Shop) are hitting the road this week as part of a drive to raise awareness of school governance across northern England.

Certain areas of the north face a shortfall of school governor volunteers, with some vacancies in Greater Manchester existing for almost a decade. The SGOSS team hope to encourage community members from across the region to put themselves forward and help local schools.

SGOSS’s Area Manager for the North West, Jessica Wain, says, “being a school governor is one of the most rewarding and important voluntary roles in education and schools rely heavily on people from the local community”.

Governing bodies act as the ‘critical friend’ to the Head Teacher and are hugely important in supporting a school’s progress and development. They cover a wide range of issues including personnel, budget control and the curriculum. Having a full governing body allows schools to benefit from a diverse mix of perspectives and increases the effectiveness of the governing body as a whole.

Whether volunteers want to develop and apply new skills; have a personal interest in education; or simply want to give something back to their local community, being a school governor helps bring positive change to thousands of children’s lives.

SGOSS’s trip begins on Saturday 18th August when they will visit locations across Tameside, Wigan and Bolton. Following that, the team will continue on to Yorkshire and the North East.

If you would like to make a difference to education in Greater Manchester or want to find out more, please visit www.becomeagovernor.com, contact SGOSS at info@sgoss.org.uk or call 0207345 9805.

Look out for the SGOSS team in an area near you!

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