Contributing to meetings: tips for new governors

Follow these top tips to get off to a good start in governance. Find out how you can make a positive contribution, bring issues to the governing board and overcome feeling intimidated.

Last reviewed on 27 July 2022
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  1. Make sure you get a good induction
  2. Prepare before the meeting
  3. Bring any issues to the board the right way
  4. During the meeting 
  5. Know how to disagree 
  6. Speak to the chair if you're finding meetings intimidating

Ask whether your governing body has a buddy system. If not, ask if a more experienced governor would be willing to support you. Ask whether your school has an induction programme. If there isn't one, ask to meet the headteacher and chair of governors and go on a visit to your school to meet some staff and pupils. This will help you to increase your knowledge of the school. Asking the headteacher about the school's strengths and weaknesses is a good place to start. Check out governor training opportunities. Our Induction course for your school type is a great place to start. Your school might also require you to take a course provided by your local authority (LA) or another organisation.  Meet other governors. Attend any face-to-face opportunities you're offered in your area, and join governance groups on social media. It'll be helpful to meet other new governors who'll share your anxieties and