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Star date: 26th September 2010

POWER TO SCHOOL KIDS

A schools charity is urging Salford's kids to take power and play a part in sorting out their school.

Across Salford there are currently 27 positions for school governors that need to be filled, which is a massive shortage, and charity the School Governors' One-Stop Shop (SGOSS) is calling on pupils to get their voices heard.

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As the cuts begin to bite and school mergers begin to happen in Salford, pupils are being urged to take up the 27 school governors positions currently vacant in the city.

"I would encourage anyone who wants to make a difference in their community to consider volunteering" says Luke Dickinson from SGOSS "Being a governor is one of the most rewarding and important voluntary roles in education. If you have the time to attend between two and four meetings each term, then you could make a difference to the education of Salford children."

Becoming a governor, together with giving you a voice in future direction of your school, also allows you access to training and development in areas such as leadership and finance. It also is a highly respected voluntary role and an extremely positive statement for a C.V..

There are no special qualifications needed and governors come from all walks of life, but all have an interest in helping the community. Some governors are asked to participate in staff interviews and they are always welcome at events such as prize givings. In total most governors give up about an hour a week.

If you are interested in becoming a governor or want further information such as speaking to actual governors this can be gained from e-mailing info@sgoss.org.uk, who can put you in contact with existing governors from Salford schools. You can also call 020 7354 9805 or apply online at www.sgoss.org.uk.

Words and graphic by Gareth Lyons

Steve Middleton wrote
at 12:34:30 on 28 September 2010
I was a governor at Langworthy Primary School until it's closure this year. I requested a chance to continue as a governor at it's replacement (the new Willow Tree Primary School), but was told that all community governor positions were full. This was before it had even opened and before Langworthy school had even closed. If there's such a shortage of school governors - why haven't I been contacted to ask if I'd like to continue (I do!). The blame for this lays squarely at Salford Council's feet. Their Childrens Services Dept are worryingly disorganised as recent OfSted reports have shown. If Salford Council don't get a grip on all aspects of Childrens Services soon, the government have said they will step in and take control. It can't come too soon for me, sadly it's a mess at the moment.

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