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- Education Professionals
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, every state school has a Governing Body. (Schools in Scotland have Parent Councils not governing bodies.)
In England there are around 300,000 governor places in schools, in Wales 26,000 and in Northern Ireland 11,000. As a parent you could make a really valuable contribution by volunteering your services.
All schools have a number of places specially reserved for parents of pupils at the school.
No specialist qualifications are needed and people from many different backgrounds volunteer for the role. It is just important for you to have enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education.
The role has often been described as that of ‘a critical friend’, being supportive but not afraid to ask difficult questions.
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