School governors

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – school closures

Go to GOV.UK: opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June – guidance for parents and carers. Check the website of your child's primary school, secondary school or special school for specific information and advice.

Government guidance to help parents continue their children's education includes:

Go to GOV.UK: online resources for home education for websites to help children learn at home. BBC Bitesize offers daily lessons.

Go to GOV.UK: GCSEs, AS and A level awarding for information on how qualifications will be graded and awarded in summer 2020.

Department for Education (DfE) coronavirus helpline

: 0800 046 8687


For early years up to universities, plus parents – open from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

The role of school governors

School governors share a commitment to supporting a school in becoming the best it can be. They:

  • set a school's strategic direction
  • hold school leaders to account for improving the pupils' education
  • make sure money is well spent

We offer training, advice and guidance to governors in the borough. We also help recruit new volunteer governors for schools.

Becoming a governor

If you would like to get more involved in your child's school, or in any of our schools, being a governor might be a good way.


  • go to regular meetings
  • visit the school
  • debate policies and plans
  • keep an eye on income and expenditure

Some come from professional backgrounds while other bring more general life experiences.

We provide a wide range of training for governors and governing bodies.

Thurrock school governors


Advice and guidance

Governors can contact us for advice and guidance. The National Governors Association has a lot of useful information on training and other issues.

Schools can purchase governor packages and training through the Thurrock Traded Services for Schools website.