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 


SEND: The Role of Governance - last chance to book!

Monday 16 July 2018 4.30pm-6.30pm Margaret McMillan Tower

Ensuring that children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities receive the best possible education that will equip them for their adult lives is an important part of the governor’s role. This newly updated course gives governors the background and information they need to:-

  • Monitor the curriculum provision for SEND children and the progress made against their targets
  • Ensure admission procedures for SEND children comply with both SEND and equalities legislation
  • Look at the staffing provision and CPD for staff working with SEND children
  • Monitor the processes used within school to comply with the relevant legislation

To book a place please email any queries please ring 01274 439400.

Cost: Schools subscribing to School Governor Service Training package - the cost of attendance is covered by the subscription. If schools do not subscriibe the cost is £115 per governor.

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

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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