Parent Governors invited to join Surrey County Council's Education Select Committee

Surrey County Council’s Children, Families, Lifelong Learning and Culture Select Committee, in accordance with regulation, is seeking a parent governor to join its membership.

The Committee is responsible for scrutinising council services, including education, children’s social care, safeguarding, SEND support, adult learning and apprenticeships, arts, libraries and heritage.

The successfully elected applicant will join thirteen County Councillors and three other co-optees, including one other parent governor representative, on the Committee for up to four years. The council will reimburse travel expenses incurred by parent governor representatives

“This exciting leadership role presents an opportunity for a parent governor to help drive improvements in the county’s education system by holding the council and its Cabinet to account while representing the needs and views of all Surrey parents in a non-political manner. At Surrey County Council, we are committed to improving and increasing equality, diversity and inclusion; and I encourage applications from parent governors from all backgrounds.”
- Councillor Liz Bowes, Chairman of the Select Committee.

If you would like to apply, please do so by sending a brief personal statement outlining your suitability for the role to Benjamin Awkal; by Friday, 30 July 2021, after which an election will be held to determine who will be appointed to the position.


To stand for election to the vacancy, you must be a parent governor at a school which is maintained by Surrey County Council and be the parent of a child who is educated at a school maintained by Surrey County Council or who is educated by the Council otherwise than at a school.

Parent governors from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

You are unable to stand for election to the vacancy if you are:
  • a member of a local authority;
  • an employee (including teacher) of a school maintained by Surrey County Council;
  • an employee of Surrey County Council; or
  • a parent governor representative on another local authority education overview and scrutiny committee.

  • Meeting Dates

    Here are the Meetings dates for Surrey Governance Association, Surrey County Council, Cognus and National Governace Association, Strictly Education 4S and Others.

    Headlines - Autumn update
    Wednesday 15th September 2021 - 19:00-19:45

    Hi Geoffrey,

    Welcome to the Autumn term - I do hope you have had a fantastic well-earned break!

    Here is my personal invitation to you for this terms “Headlines Webinar”.

    There is much to do and think about as the new academic year gets off to a flying start. This session is designed to provide insights into the topics for the term which everyone involved in governance needs to have an understanding of.

    This webinar is completely free to join in and is suitable for governors/trustees, governance professionals and school leaders from Academies/Free Schools and Maintained Schools. It will last approximately 45 minutes.

    Topics we will be covering during this session will include:

    1. The term ahead - Contingency framework, Ofsted restart, new Statutory Admissions code

    2. Inclusion and Safety - embedding the culture, and what's new in KCSIE?

    3. The Academies agenda - Government plans, Academy Trust handbook, Trust Partnerships

    For more information and to register, click here:

    I look forward to seeing you on the 15th.

    Best wishes,

    PS Please do share this email with your colleagues who may wish to attend the webinar

    PPS If you find the link doesn’t work when you click it, there are a couple of things you can try

    If you are clicking when in a school, sometimes the filter will block the link; in which case try the link when you are away from the school premises;
    Try cutting & pasting the link into a different browser - this works if for some reason your original browser is not updated to the latest version;
    If you still have difficulty, please contact

    Ruth Murton

    Strictly Education Events

    Please note there are as yet, no planned Chairs of governance meetings this summer term, pending developments in the Schools-Led System please watch this space for dates when they are announced thank you

    Local Committees with governor representation

    Education & Skills Board Peter Corns, a governor at St Augustine's Primary School..

    There is a vacancy for the other position.
    Surrey Schools Forum Geoffrey Hackett primary school governor representative

    Fred Greaves secondary school governor representative

    Eric Peacock primary school governor representative
    Surrey Educational Trust Rosemary Hucker

    The above are governor representatives on local committees. We have asked each group to provide a summary of the work they do, together with any examples of where they have influenced local policy.

    Please see the following documents for an outline of each committee function.

    Next Executive Meeting:
    SGA AGM Annaul Conference 21st May 2022

    Schools Alliance for Excellence

    Please follow the below link to view all our upcoming events:
    Schools Alliance for Excellence - Governance Support - Clerks' Corner - Upcoming Dates

    Following - Surrey Resilience and Sustainability Conference 22nd September

    Please see Conference Folders below

    The presentations from the Resilience and sustainability conference at Sandown of interest to all in Governance

    Ofsted presentation Resilience and sustainability conference 22.09.21.pdf

    Resilience and Sustainability Conference 22 Sept Presentations.pptx

    Meetings/Conference Programme outline for 22nd September 2021 Resilience and Sustainability.pdf

    Governor Vacancy on Education and Skills Board

    Following the election of two Parent Governor Representatives onto Surrey County Council's Education and Skills Board earlier this year, Martin Lock has unfortunately had to stand down from the Board; as a result the Board has another vacancy to fill. Surrey Governors' Association wishes to notify attendees of this vacancy, The SGA will to help administer an election for the position later this year at the Autumn conference.

    Committee function documents for Surrey Schools Forum

    Surrey Schools Forum
    Information on the role of the Schools Forum. Governor representatives are indicated in Bold type.
    Surrey Schools Forum and Consultive Groups

    Education & Skills Board
    Education and Skills Board.pdf
    Microsoft Word document [35.5 KB]