Bespoke Governance Development

Bespoke Governance Development

 In these ever changing times, governors and trustees have a sharper role in a more autonomous system and their ability to challenge and lead is key  -  asking the right questions, knowing their school and understanding the data.  Governance development is vital in order for governors and trustees to fulfil their role.

Through the Governance Development Officer, the Governance Services Team can provide governing and trust boards with an audit and self-evaluation to identify areas of development and training which may be required.  Following the audit, a bespoke development session or programme of sessions on specific issues and topics can be arranged.

These can be varied in length and can be held throughout the daytime or evening, convenient to each governing board.  They can also be provided as cluster sessions with other governing boards in the local area.

The following are examples of development sessions which may be tailored to your board’s needs:

  • Governance Roles and Responsibilities
  • Strategic and Operational
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Skills Audit
  • Challenge and Support
  • Governor Visits to Schools
  • Self-Evaluation
  • The Effective Governing Board and Team Work
  • School Data:  what this means for Governors
  • Sustained Effectiveness and Improvement
  • Demonstrating Impact

 The bespoke sessions will also look at the School Improvement (Development) Plan, Governing Board Action Plan and Ofsted review and recommendations to encompass all areas of the school and governing board.

The sessions can be provided as part of a full package of development or as short information sessions.

What are the benefits of bespoke development?

  • The development sessions will be tailored to your Governing Board’s specific needs.
  • The sessions will address particular issues which have been raised through self-evaluation or outside parties.
  • The sessions, whilst providing development, also provide the opportunity for teamwork and bonding as a governing board
  • The timing of the sessions can be varied, depending on governors’ time constraints.

For further information on accessing development or to discuss costs, please contact Annette Harris, Governance Development Officer on 01204 332104 or via email at