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DfE Governor Development Programme


School governors are the strategic leaders within a school environment and it is vital that they are suitably trained. Ofsted are now asking inspectors to ensure governors are trained and to reinforce the commitment, the DfE have awarded Governor Training Licences to facilitate high quality training for governors.

Alliance of Leading Learning are offering training to support you in becoming a highly effective senior leader with the skills, confidence and knowledge to contribute towards the strategic development of your school.

The programme consists of face-to-face sessions, either 3 full days or 6 twilight sessions and it is expected that the course will be completed within 9 months.

We tailor the programme to suit the requirements of governors and to fit in with your busy schedules. All programmes will be facilitated within schools conveniently located in the North and in the Midlands, so it will be easy to find a venue to suit you.

To book your governors onto the Funded Governor Development Programme, please click here.

Our Delivery Model

Our delivery model adopts a blended learning approach – prioritising learning through face-to-face sessions with specific learning underpinned by experts in the field of visible learning. The essential facilitated learning by expert facilitators, who are practising governance leaders, is supported by self-directed learning through think pieces, online learning, current cutting-edge research, work-based practice and exposure to outstanding National Leaders of Governance as mentors.






Funded Places –  The programme costs £500 per governor

Funding is available from the Department For Education who will fund the full cost of the Governance Development Programme for one governor per school (or Governing Board).

Additional Places – Full Programme or Individual Sessions

Additional places on the programme can be booked at a reduced rate of £450 per governor (if you have more governors please speak to us about further discounts or the running of a bespoke course).  We are also happy to provide individual sessions for governors at a fixed price per session (for example your governor responsible for finance could attend Twilight 4 – Financial Framework and Accountability).

To book additional places on the full programme or to book individual sessions please complete this booking form

Programme Summary

The proposed programme consists of 3 core face-to-face, day long, facilitated sessions (or 6 twilight sessions) focused around the Governor Competency Framework and incorporating more generic and transferable leadership skills. All materials are devised by our highly skilled and experienced team of governor leads, school leaders and advanced facilitators to ensure the programme remains at the cutting-edge of education.


  1. Assessment of Board’s strengths and development needs
  2. An ambitious Action Plan
  3. Measured progress against Action Plan

The course will lead to you being a more effective governor, able to demonstrate a cohesive vision for the school and show full accountability for the educational performance of the children and for financial effectiveness.  Throughout the sessions there will be regular steps to practise your learning in a safe environment which will lead to a school based completion of an action plan and learning log by the end of the course.


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