Recruiting parent governors: PRUs and special schools

PRUs and special schools face unique challenges in recruiting parent governors. Get tips on how to raise awareness of governance in your school and encourage parents/carers to apply.

Last reviewed on 17 June 2024
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  1. Understand issues with engagement
  2. Make it clear what the role is
  3. Make the role accessible
  4. Ask school leaders about parental engagement
  5. Alternatives to appointing a parent governor

This article is based on advice from our associate experts Jackie Beard, Gulshan Kayembe and Lorraine Petersen.

Understand issues with engagement

Special schools and alternative provision (AP) settings such as pupil referral units (PRUs) face similar issues when recruiting parent governors.

In each case it's likely that:

  • Pupils travel further to get to school, so it's not as easy for parents/carers to attend school meetings
  • Parents/carers feel their spare time is precious, as they're already busy providing their child with the specialist support they need

There are also the following considerations: 

For special schools  Pupils are likely to stay longer, but may

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