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School governor recruitment

This is a very exciting time for the children and young people of Swansea with the future opportunities that the City Deal will provide for them.

We believe Swansea schools are in a strong position to realise the vision of:

Improving education and skills - so that every child and young person in Swansea gains the skills and qualifications they need to succeed in life.

Volunteers from a wide variety of backgrounds and communities are needed to help schools in Swansea to continue on this journey. There are vacancies for school governors across the City and Swansea Council is now looking for recruits. Being a governor is a key leadership role in ensuring successful, inclusive schools in Swansea.

Formal qualifications are not needed with applications welcome from anyone with an interest in supporting schools, driving forward improvement and promoting opportunities for children and young people. At present there are around 1,500 governors sitting on 95 governing bodies in Swansea.

Councillor Jennifer Raynor, Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Lifelong Learning, said: "Working with headteachers and senior managers, school governors play a vital role in driving improvement in our schools and it can be a very rewarding experience.

I would encourage anyone to apply who has a passion to see young people given the best possible opportunities in life to realise their potential.

In Swansea we ensure our governors are given all the support they need and as well as a number of mandatory courses there is a comprehensive programme of free training on a range of topics."

People who have skills, experience and knowledge of different cultural backgrounds are being urged to apply.

Applications are also sought from people with experience in  wide range of areas including finance and budgets, health and safety, child protection and safeguarding, human resources and personnel, although this list is not exhaustive and the most important quality is that they feel they have a relevant contribution to make to a school governing body.

Local authority governors provide support and expertise to the governing body and are encouraged to challenge and ask questions regarding agreed school aims, standards and accountability.

According to data published last week under the Welsh Government's school categorisation system, schools in Swansea have shown improvement for the fourth successive year.

A record number of schools in the City are in the green category and for the second year running none at all are red. Councillor Raynor added: "The vast majority of our schools in Swansea are performing well but there is always room for improvement so it is important we have governors with the necessary skills and enthusiasm to continue this work."

Applicants are welcome to contact Kate Phillips, School and Governor Team Manager (Tel: 01792 636551) or Gemma Chapman, Governor Support Officer (Tel: 01792 636552) for an informal discussion.

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