Training and support for governing bodies
Governing bodies are free to identify their own training and support requirements through a process of regular self-review and skills audit, allowing them to commission their own training according to their own need. It is important for governing bodies to make sure that they are developing their own skills, and this is emphasised by Ofsted in the School Inspection Handbook.
In assessing your governing body’s training requirements you may like to consider using some or all of the resources listed on this page. You may also like to look at deploying a National Leader of Governance to support your chair of governors, or undertaking an external review of your governing body’s performance. The following links should help you get started:
- All Party Parliamentary Group’s 20 Key Questions for Governors
- National Governors Association Skills Audit
- National Leaders of Governance
- National College of Teaching and Leadership Review of Governance
In addition, the Manchester Schools’ Alliance is developing a Manchester Local Leader of Governance model to provide peer support for schools from highly skilled governors already working in the city.
There are many local and national providers of training and support that governing bodies may like to consider when thinking about their own training requirements. The School Governance Unit will not be directly providing training for governing bodies. Some training providers are listed below, please be aware that this is not a comprehensive list and is provided for information only. Manchester City Council is not endorsing any of these providers’ products or services.
- GL Performance
- Governance Self Evaluation Tracker (GSET)
- GEL (Governor E-Learning)
- IAA (Independent Academies Association)
- Modern Governor
- National College of Teaching and Leadership
- NGA (National Governors Association)
- Ten Governor
Other Websites and Social Media
- Twitter – UK Gov Chat
- Clerk to Governors Blog
- Department for Education
- UK Governors Forum
- The Times Education Supplement Governors Forum
Faith schools can also source support from the appropriate diocesan authority. For Church of England schools this is the Diocese of Manchester. For Roman Catholic schools this is usually the Diocese of Salford, however some schools in Wythenshawe are part of the Diocese of Shrewsbury. More information can be found on the dioceses’ website.