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Becoming a School Governor

Becoming a School Governor

Although the position of school governor is a rewarding one being a school governor does involve a commitment to the school as governors are usually appointed in a voluntary unpaid capacity for a 4 year term of office.


Boards of Governors generally meet as is necessary but at least once a term. Governors can also sit on committees to deal with specific issues such as finance or staffing, these committees may meet more frequently.

What makes a good governor:

  • common sense and the ability to work in a team;     
  • an interest in education and young people;
  • patience, energy, enthusiasm and some spare time; and
  • a willingness to listen, learn and to undertake training.
The document below provides some information on the requirements to be a school governor. The booklet was produced by the Department of Education for use during the four year term of office of a school governor (September 2018 – June 2022). 


The Education and Library Boards (ELBs) were dissolved on 31 March 2015. The Education Authority was established on 01 April 2015 and is now responsible for all of the operational functions previously carried out by the five ELBs in accordance with the Education Orders.

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