Improving Governance Programme

The Improving Governance Programme replaces the DfE Funded Governor Leadership Development Programme bringing a cost effective programme that aims to support governors in becoming highly effective senior leaders with the skills, confidence and knowledge to contribute towards the strategic development of the school.

Cost – £250

Length – 12 Months

Who is it for?

– governors / trustees in any school setting looking to improve their knowledge and skills and become highly effective

Programme Summary

What this programme will bring to you ….
• tools to make you a more effective governor
• a better understanding of your role and the educational landscape
• the opportunity to meet other governors and hear from one of our governance experts

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The proposed programme consists of 6 core zoom facilitated live 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.

The 6 core zoom facilitated live session will cover the following topics:

Session 1 – Strategic Leadership
Session 2 – Accountability
Session 3 – People
Session 4 – Structures
Session 5 – Compliance
Session 6 – Evaluation


Our Delivery Model

Our delivery model adopts a blended learning approach – prioritising learning through live zoom sessions by expert facilitators, who are practising governance leaders,  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.


  • Assessment of Board’s strengths and development needs
  • An ambitious Action Plan
  • 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.


Feedback from Governors who attended the DfE Governor Leadership Development Programme

“I think all governors should do this training, this will ensure that all governors are involved in governance for the right reasons and gain more understanding of their own role to support the school and increase outcomes for children……I have found all the sessions useful. I value the chance to spend time with governors from other schools and to see how they manage things…..Taking part in this course has increased my confidence to present ideas and suggestions to my board”   Carol Pinnington, Chair of Governors, Knowsley Junior School

“An excellent course that allowed the sharing of experience, reinforcing the knowledge that seasoned governors have. The course material was excellent… This course should be mandatory for all chairs” Mark Liquorish, Chair of Governors, Marches School

“I would highly recommend this training…”  Sue Wilkinson, Chair of Governors, Deyes High School

Below is a governor from Mere’s Federation receiving her certificate with her Headteacher and Chair of Governors.











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