I have been a governor at a local comprehensive (which converted to an Academy in June 2011) for just over 10 years. From 2003 to 2009, I was Chair and I am currently Vice-Chair and Chair of Finance and Staffing. I have always welcomed dialogue with staff, especially HoDs, HoYs and SMT members, whil;st being careful of the boundary between my role and that of the Headteacher. Over the years, the school has had difficulty in recruiting good Maths teachers amd so has a number of non-specialists (particularly from the SMT) teaching Mathematics lessons. When we have recruited it has often been through word of mouth, rather than advertisment. In June I completed a PGCE in Secondary Mathematics. For a variety of reasons (not related to my abilities as a beginning teacher), I have yet to find permanent employment. I am currently helping with Mathematics lessons (ranging from 1-2-1 through small groups to whole class teaching) as a volunteer at the school I am a governor at. I get on well with the team and have received very positive feedback about my relationship with the pupils and the impact I am having on their learning. The Head of Maths and the Headteacher have indicated that they would like to offer me a paid post but we have, so far, felt that there are obstacles to this happening. Firstly, I am trustee of the Academy and trustees cannot be employed by their charity. Secondly, as Chair of Governors, I have been involved in staff disciplinary panels, so I know confidential things about severeal staff members. Thirdly, I regard the headteacher as a friend (he attended my 40th Birthday bash and my wedding) and this could make achange in our working relationship difficult. The trustee issue is relatively easily dealt with - I can resign from the GB and as a trustee. The confidentiality issue is a bit trickier. My previous role, prior to teaching, involved dealing with confidential issues and I was a TU and staff rep, so was involved in disciplinary meetings, etc from the other isde. All teachers have to be trustworthy with confidential items. So is this issue insurmountable? With regard to the head being a friend, my boss from my last employer before retraining as a Teacher is also a friend - he too attended my 40th birthday and my wedding. Prior to being promoted to being my boss he was a colleague (actually technically junior to me). We managed to cope with our changing working relationship. Would me being employed at a friend's school be any different? I would welcome any thoughts. Does anyone know of someone going from Governor (especially ex-Chair) to Employee? Was it sucessful? Have we missed any other issues? Are we worrying aboy nothing?