Training for School Governors

Training for School Governors

The School Governor Service Training Programme enables governors to clearly plan their training and to identify those dates, times and venues that will be the most convenient for them.  

The purpose of this programme is support governors in the effective strategic management of all schools and academies, to enable the best possible educational outcomes for children across the district and improve further education and job prospects for them.

The programme offers a wide range of opportunities intended to broaden governors’ knowledge, develop their skills and update them on specific responsibilities.  Governor feedback and developments in education continue to inform the sessions provided.  Governors in Bradford contribute to the programme and support our committment to deliver a high quality service provided by experienced professionals to meet the needs of individual governors and governing boards.

In addition to other relevant courses there are a number of new courses for Autumn 2018 reflecting need from Governors, some examples are below:

  • Early Years Foundation Stage for Governors Monday 19 Nov 2018 6.15pm – 8.15pm Margaret McMillan Tower (MMT) Bradford;
  • Engaging Stakeholders  Tuesday 2 October 4.30pm – 6.30pm MMT
  • Governance in 2018- a Refresher for longstanding governors Thurs 8 No 6.15pm-8.15pm MMT
  • Managing Grants and Funds – looking at income generation etc. Wed 7 Nov 2018 6.15pm-8.15pm MMT
  • Hearings: The Governors Role Mon 12 Nov 2018 6.15-8.15pm MMT

Cost: if your school has subscribed to the School Governor Service Training Package, the cost of attending training will be covered for all your school’s Governors to have unlimited attendance at the courses. However, those schools not subscribing will be charged £115 per attendance (£200 for the Induction 5 hour course). If you would like confirmation of your school’s subscription please ask the school business manager or email

To Book: please email your booking to with your full name, school, phone number. You will receive an email confirmation.

Governor Forums – these free termly sessions are open to all governors - please see further details and dates in the Autumn Term 2018 Governor Training Programme – to book please email


Training Programme

Following the link below to access the Autumn Term 2018 programme of training for governors (also see additional courses below). For more information please contact the School Governor Service on 01274 439400 or

to book:  complete the electronic booking form, 'save and send'  to or email your request.

Non-attendancePlease note that a fee of £25 will normally be charged to the school unless prior email notification of non-attendance is received.

UPDATES: Please see below for updates and changes to Training Programme:

Friday 5 October 2018 Chair and Heads Working Together re-scheduled to Friday 23 November 2018 9.30am-2.30pm Margaret McMillan Tower, new booking being taken.

Wednesday 3 October 2018 GDPR cancelled. Next date  14 Nov 6.15pm - 8.15pm Margaret McMillan Tower

Thursday 27 Sept. 2018 Pupil Premium re-scheduled to Thursday 1 November 2018 6.15pm-8.15pm  Margaret McMillan Tower, new booking being taken.

Monday 1 October 2018 Data: Progress and Attainment cancelled. Next date is Wed 31 Oct 2018 4.30pm MMT, bookings being taken.

Additional courses added from 26 July 2018

Cyberbullying - Awareness raising and online protection workshops for governors

West Yorkshire Police are offering these specifically designed workshops to improve the awareness of e-safety for governors. They will look at social media and its misuse and the need for effective online protection for children.

  • October 11th 2018 – 18:00 x 20:00 at Eccleshill Police Station
  • or  December 11th  2018 – 18:00 x 20:00 at Lawcroft House Police Station


Pupil Premium -  new date Thursday 1 November 2018 6.15pm - 8.15 pm Margaret McMillan Tower.

Chair and Heads Working Together new date Friday 23 November 2018 9.30am-2.30pm Margaret McMillan Tower

to book: e-mail


Future Training courses for School Governors in Bradford District: if you wish to put forward ideas/ requests please email or contact 01274 439400.


Bespoke courses for Governing Boards or Groups of Schools/Academies

Services we offer at an additional cost include:

  • Bespoke Training – up to a maximum of 2 hours
  • Cluster Training – up to a maximum of 2 hours with a 30% discount  based on level of subscription for each school
  • Facilitated self-evaluation, consultancy and support up to a maximum of 2 hours
  • Coaching & Mentoring for Clerks up to 2 hours.

Each element above is charged to individual governing boards at a cost of £200 for schools who subscribe to the training programme and £420 for non-subscribing schools.  Additional hours can be agreed and costed on an individual basis, please contact School Governor Service to discuss.

E-learning Opportunities with Modern Governor

Governing boards have expressed a keen interest in e-learning opportunities.  In response, we have negotiated a very competitive agreement with Modern Governor, the market leader in the field.  Governing boards that purchase any package which includes the training programme can access the Modern Governor e-learning modules for an additional annual fee of £135 for 2018/2019 that allows access to all e-learning modules for all members of the governing board.

What is Modern Governor?

The modules cover a wide range of topics in an interesting and interactive way in approximately twenty minute 'chunks' that governors can follow at their convenience. Each module can be revisited at any time as a refresher or point of reference.

E-learning Module Content

There are currently 24 e-learning modules in the Modern Governor catalogue. Further details can be found at

Want to see a module for free?

Use the link below to access the ‘Becoming a School Governor’ module:

How to subscribe

Contact School Governor Service on 01274 439400 or e-mail


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