Governor Development Programme

Governor Development Programme

DfE update 21st January 2021 – Funding was made available on a first-come first-served basis, and all of the available funding for the programme has now been earmarked for eligible participants. Providers are not therefore accepting any further registrations, however a very limited number of places may become available for new applicants before the end of March.



As a Strategic Leader in your school would you like…
• 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?

The Governance Development Programme supports governors in becoming highly effective senior leaders with the skills, confidence and knowledge to contribute towards the strategic development of the school.   Read on for more information on the programme content, outcomes and feedback from recent participants.

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Our Delivery Model

Our delivery model adopts a blended learning approach – prioritising learning through live zoom 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.

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Programme Summary

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.


  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.

Feedback from Governors

“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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