SGOSSSchool Governors One-Stop Shop (school volunteer placement; UK)
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Janet Scott, operations director at SGOSS, said: "School governors perform the most important voluntary role in education, helping to guide the future of millions of school children.
"We want to help schools find their ideal governors and have identified that the more information and contact we receive from a school regarding its vacancies, the better we can help them." SGOSS was set up Department for Education in 1999 to recruit skilled governors for schools that need them the most.
Ms Conway, aged 36, from New Oscott, found out about becoming a governor through contact between SGOSS and her company, and through the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
The School Governors' One-Stop Shop, SGOSS, has been working in partnership with the Bank, a member of the HSBC Group of companies and, as a direct result of this link, around 70 staff members have volunteered to become governors in schools in Birmingham.
Now the SGOSS is targeting the West Midlands and working with Birmingham Local Education Authority to persuade more people to become governors.
The SGOSS is a charity which recruits school governor volunteers in inner city schools where vacancies are often three times higher than the national average.