Training for School Governors

Training for School Governors

Please see below for updates and changes to Training Programme.

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.  It also gives governors the opportunity to attend some sessions during the day or as twilights to assist those who are unable to attend evening sessions.

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.

Governors need to be able to:-

  • fulfill their strategic planning role in the school
  • understand and effectively undertake their accountability role
  • act as a critical friend to the management of the school
  • develop appropriate skills and knowledge to effectively monitor school improvement
  • work with school managers, staff, parents, the local community and, where appropriate, the diocesan authorities, Academy Trust Boards and other partnerships.

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 promise to deliver a high quality service provided by experienced professionals to meet the needs of individual governors and governing boards.

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.

Training Programme

Following the link below to access the Summer Term 2018 programme of training. For more information please contact the School Governor Service on 01274 439400 or to book e-mail

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 and Changes to the Training Programme Summer 2018 

Preparing for Ofsted

‘Inspectors will always seek to meet those responsible for governance during an Ofsted inspection’.(Ofsted Handbook)  There is an increasing emphasis on governance in the Ofsted inspection process. The contribution of governors to the school’s performance is evaluated as part of the judgement on the effectiveness of leadership and management.

How can you provide clear documentary evidence of the work of the governing board and the impact that you have in ensuring that your school is effective?

The session will provide guidance on how governors can prepare for the Ofsted visit and be ready to provide evidence of the impact of those responsible for governance. It will be particularly relevant to governors in schools that are due for inspection in the next few months.


Preparing for Ofsted Wed 20 June 2018 from 4.30pm - 6.30pm at Eastwood Community Primary, Keighley

(Wednesday 13 June 2018- now rescheduled as above)

Finance - Effective Financial Governance   

Ensuring the effective use of the funds available to a school for the benefit of its pupils is one of the most important tasks of any governing board. The strategic management of the school is dependent upon this and Bradford Council School Funding Team have used their expertise to develop this course.

The course aims to:

  • Explain the role of governors who serve on a finance committee (or its equivalent).
  • Consider the governor’s role setting the annual budget, agreeing financial priorities, medium term financial planning, monitoring expenditure against the budget, variations to spending plans including virements, financial systems and procedures, delegated authority to the head teacher, and financial benchmarking.


Effective Financial Governance Wednesday 4 July 2018, 6.00pm- 8.00pm at Eastwood Community School, Keighley

Buildings - the Governors role in Managing School Building Projects

No matter how large or small the building project CDM (Construction, Design & Management) law applies.  CDM law states that construction projects include, “Alteration, Conversion, Renovation, Repair, Redecoration, Maintenance (including cleaning) and Demolition”.

According to the HSE (Health & Safety Executive), “Head teachers and the school management team, in consultation with governors” are responsible for school safety.  There are processes that need to be followed, from the planning stage through to completion and, as the strategic managers of the school, the governing board are responsible for ensuring that these processes are in place.

The Bradford Council Education Client Services tutors have developed this programme to help governors to:

  • Understand the need for proper project planning
  • Help schools to avoid taking unnecessary risks and avoid making costly mistakes
  • Fund, manage and control school building projects
  • Understand the school’s financial, legal and Health & Safety obligations

Governors will also consider how improving school buildings can improve behaviour and achievement and enhance the school’s reputation through improved facilities, which can be used for the benefit of the community.  It will also signpost governors to the experts and professionals needed to support project development

Session:   Buildings -Thursday 05 July 2018 from 6.00pm - 8.30pm (2.5 hours) Margaret McMillan Tower, Bradford


School Visits - Effective use of visits into school

Undertaking school visits can be an effective contribution to triangulation of the information needed by governors. They are not, however, a way for governors to monitor the quality of individual teaching and so visits need to have a clearly structured focus. This session will give governors a template for their visits; discuss ways the outcomes can be used as part of monitoring and evaluation and look at instances of good practice.


    Tuesday 10 July 2018 6.00pm -8.00pm at Eastwood Community Primary, Keighely 

Please book by emailing

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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