Tribute paid to School Governors across Northern Ireland

Friday 13th December 2019

The Education Authority (EA), Department of Education (DE) and Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) have been paying tribute to school governors, the people who make up one of the largest groups of volunteers in Northern Ireland.

Banbridge Academy Governors
Pictured are year 8 pupils and principal of Banbridge Academy Mr Robin McLoughlin, along with school governors Mr Denis Livingstone, Mrs Shirley Henning, Miss Joanne Greenlee and Mr Jonathan Clarke.

School governors contribute to the education of young people within local communities and have a strategic role to play in the management of a school, alongside the principal to ensure that the school delivers a good quality education for all its pupils. Working collaboratively as a team and using their skills, life experiences and knowledge, school governors have opportunities to make important decisions about the way schools are managed.

More than ten thousand school governors have been appointed for the term of office 2018-2022 over the past two years, with help and support from schools, the Transferor Representatives’ Council, Catholic Schools' Trustee Service and Controlled Schools Support Council during the appointment process.

EA Interim Director of Education, Kim Scott and Lianne Patterson, Deputy Secretary, Department of Education said:

“School governors play a critical role in the running of our schools and thousands of volunteers have dedicated themselves to the role of school governor for this term of office.

“Governors help to drive school improvement by providing clear direction through the setting of aims and objectives. They are accountable for how their school performs and have a role to play in monitoring and evaluating the progress of their school.

“In dedicating time and commitment to the role school governors help schools to do their very best for our children and young people to provide them with the best possible chance in life.  We wish to thank all school governors for their commitment and wish them well during their term of office.”

While approximately 95% of governor vacancies have been successfully filled, there is still a small number of school governor vacancies available in schools in some areas of Northern Ireland, which may be of interest to those who may still wish to make a contribution.

Further information and guidance on how to apply to become a school governor and a copy of the application form are available online to download from the Department of Education website and the Education Authority website

Work on the most recent governor reconstitution process has concluded, though as vacancies arise on boards of governors from time to time, recruitment of governors will be ongoing.

Last updated: 13/12/2019