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School governor shortage in Bristol

A shortage of people volunteering to become school governors in Bristol has led to a recruitment campaign.

More than 100 position are vacant in the role which includes overseeing budgets, hiring teachers and deciding school policies.

A council spokeswoman said many people did not realise you do not have to have children at school to take the role.

"Schools have increasing autonomy. We need a good mix of people from local communities to help them," she said.

Bristol City Council is teaming up with national charity, School Governors' One-Stop Shop, to recruit new school governors from the community.

Every state school in the country has a governing body made up of staff, parents, and community representatives.

They work to manage the strategic direction of the school, including overseeing budgets, recruitment issues and deciding school policy on a range of issues, from health and safety to bullying.

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