Governors sought for schools

AN education charity is appealing for Wiganers to come forward and stand as governors for local schools.

Recruitment charity SGOSS, part of the Department for Education, has revealed that 30 per cent of governor roles are currently vacant across the borough.

The request comes as Wigan schools have recorded their best ever performances in recent years with Ofsted acknowledging 80 per cent as either good or outstanding.

SGOSS manager, Jessica Wain, explained that school governors play a key role in raising standards and monitoring performance.

And with schools becoming increasingly autonomous, there is a growing emphasis on governing bodies supporting their school’s development.

She said: “It is fantastic to see that Wigan schools are performing so well.

“In order to keep this up, it is important that the teaching, management and leadership of a school is supported and held to account by a strong and effective governing body.

“Governors have a greater role to play in schools and it is vital that there are volunteers available to help establish a clear vision for school improvement. Schools rely heavily on the enthusiasm and experience of people from the local community and their support can make a real difference to education.

“Following on from the recent success, we are hoping that our campaign will cut through and resonate with the community.”