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Livery Schools Link

School governorships

There is a need not just in Inner London but in various parts of the UK for volunteer to act as school governors. More information can be obtained from the School Governors One Stop Shop (SGOSS).

This is a charity set up for the purpose of helping schools find suitable governors. Out of about 300,000 places currently available on school governing bodies in England and Wales, there are approximately 40,000 vacancies. Many of these are in schools in the Home Counties where many members live. Members should express their interest to SGOSS who then assess their suitability for the position of governor and pass on their details to schools in their area. There are no pre-agreed or automatic places but SGOSS are in an excellent position to be able to discuss people's requirements and interests.

The Worshipful Company of Arbitrators is committed to promoting education in its widest sense and particularly in supporting children from disadvantaged backgrounds who have fewer opportunities than others. This is a commitment that has been encouraged by successive Lord Mayors.

Financial Literacy Initiative and preparation for the world of work

The Livery Schools Link pays a key role in coordinating the support given by Livery Companies to schools in the inner London Boroughs. Many of these schools are in areas of deprivation where the opportunities for young people are very limited. Members of the Company are strongly encouraged to try and help out. Some projects need only a couple of hours of your time working with other volunteers to assist young people to be better equipped to find work when they leave school. Other projects are available for those willing to give a little more time. In all cases teaching staff or professional trainers lead the sessions. Details of the help needed will be provided on this website from time to time. If you are willing to help, or would like more information, in the first instance contact David Steward. His contact details can be found in the Members' Area.

Members who attended Common Hall will have heard short talks from Susan Ward, Head Teacher of Clara Grant Primary School in Bow, and Becky Feetham of Tower Hamlets Education and Business Partnership. There may well be members who would like to volunteer for educational programmes but understandably cannot commit to regular sessions during the working day. With that in mind, we have discussed with Tower Hamlets EBP activities that can take place after school hours and without the volunteer being tied to a regular day and time.

Two such schemes are for mentoring in business and languages. Volunteers are paired with a GCSE or A level student, whom they meet every three or four weeks, at a time convenient to both. The volunteer might support the student with revision, academic work, UCAS applications, interview skills or careers advice. The EBP has a Mentoring Project Manager who is happy to discuss this with prospective volunteers. There are further details at: http://thebp.org/programmes/business-mentoring/ and http://thebp.org/programmes/language-mentoring/

Any member interested in volunteering is welcome to contact Liveryman David Steward.