In Blackburn with Darwen, there are approximately 1000 people acting voluntarily as governors, bringing to that role their experience of everyday life in their wish to help children and schools.
Effective governors do not need educational expertise but do need to be committed to their school, willing to ask questions, to both challenge and support the head teacher. They also need to be able to devote the time necessary to work as an enthusiastic member of the governing body team, and to attend meetings and get involved in the life of the school.
Blackburn with Darwen Council values the contribution from governors from all walks of life, bringing their unique life experiences and skills that can be used to support school improvement. New governors will be supported by others on the governing body as well as the Council. The governor services team working for the Council provide services such as clerking of meetings, a comprehensive termly training programme and advice and guidance to help governors be effective in their role.