Welcome to the Governor Support Service

The Governor Support Service is an independent service offering governor training, advice, guidance and support to all Hillingdon Schools. With over 20 years’ combined experience working within local authorities in Governor Support roles, we are able to offer local and legislative advice, support and training to school governors and clerks.


Our services

Advice & Guidance

We provide governing bodies and schools with information, support, and advice to proactively promote and achieve outstanding governance.
Schools can access our full range of services by purchasing a service level agreement with us for 2021/2022, or schools can access the training on a ‘pay as you go’ basis. Please contact us for further information

Clerks briefing meetings

Reminder the next virtual meeting is on Tuesday 6th July at 10.00am.
Please follow the link above to book your place.
Log in to download a copy of the 5th May briefing notes.

Virtual Training Courses

New courses for Summer 2021can be found on our booking site. Please follow the link above.

Ofsted Visits -Summer term 2021

Ofsted have confirmed that it will undertake on-site, lighter-touch inspections in the summer term.
Inspection activity will mainly be on site. In the notification call before an inspection, inspectors will agree safety measures to ensure the inspection is COVID-19 secure. Inspectors will also take a lateral flow test before arriving at the setting.
Monitoring inspections will begin from 4 May.
Unlike ‘full’ inspections, these visits will allow inspectors to assess how well schools are educating their learners and keeping them safe, but they will not result in a grade.
Where the evidence strongly suggests that a school’s current grade is no longer a fair reflection of its work – for example where the school is graded ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’ but has clearly improved – inspectors will be able to convert to a full, graded inspection either immediately or later in the term.
Ofsted is currently piloting some limited changes to inspection methods to take account of the challenges raised by COVID-19. An updated set of inspection handbooks can be found in the link above.
A full programme of graded inspections will resume in September.

20th April 2021

Department for Education

School Governance updates
Important news relating to governance in maintained schools and academy trusts
** Please note**
The DfE advises a pragmatic approach to governing board meetings. Boards should continue with their alternative meeting arrangements where possible.

From September 2021 statutory induction for teachers will change and they will be entitled to two years development and training.

20th April 2021

DfE National Covid-19 restrictions

Face coverings
In schools where pupils in year 7 and above are educated, face coverings should be worn by adults and pupils when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas where social distancing cannot easily be maintained.
Read the full guidance by clicking the link above.

NGA - COVID 19 Information for Governing Boards

A summary of the monitoring priorities for governing boards:
•Risk management and safeguarding
•Wellbeing of staff and pupils
•Remote education
•Maintaining the curriculum and continuity of learning for all pupils
•Support to reduce the impact of lockdown on disadvantaged pupils
•Resource allocation and management

DfE Remote Learning

So that pupils and their parents know what to expect from their school if they need to self-isolate, or where national or local restrictions require them to remain at home, the DfE are asking schools to publish information about their remote education provision on their websites.

12th February 2021

DfE What maintained schools must publish online

Clerks to governing boards must remind their boards about the updated regulations.

12th February 2021

DfE What academies,free schools should publish online

Clerks to academy and free school trust boards should remind their boards about the updated regulations.

12th February 2021

DfE Schools financial value standard (SFVS)

The checklist asks questions of governing boards in 6 areas of resource management. It provides clarification for each question, examples of good practice, and details of further support available to assist schools in addressing specific issues.

The SFVS document, checklist and dashboard guidance, and additional resource documents are appropriate for the 2020 to 2021 reporting year.

For the financial year 2020-21 schools should submit their SFVS to local authority no later than 28 May 2021

8th March 2021

DfE Governance Handbook

Governing boards and clerks please note the handbook has been updated on 1st October 2020.
Changes can be found on pages 8-12.

Governance Annual Statement/Being Strategic

See our revised Annual Governance Statement Template, in “Model Documents” section once logged in.
Also read the report from the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) & NGA on “Being Strategic” The guide offers leaders and governing boards in schools and trusts a robust annual cycle for creating, monitoring and reviewing strategy.

Updated in October 2020.

Our Courses

The Governor Support Service provides a programme of training and development sessions each term that governors, headteachers, senior leadership teams, associate members and clerks can access to help them carry out their duties effectively.

We run a varied range of training courses and briefing sessions covering subjects such as Safeguarding, Exclusions, the Curriculum and HR Matters in addition to regular termly briefing sessions for clerks and chairs and an induction programme for those who are new or fairly new to school governance including all categories of governors, senior leaders, clerks and associate members.

*NEW  COURSE BOOKING ARRANGEMENTS* From January 2021 please see below:

Details of all our training courses can be accessed by clicking here and selecting Governor Support Courses.

New and existing users to the course booking service will need to complete the registration process to create a personal account where their bookings can then be viewed and amended as necessary.

During the initial registration please make sure that you select the Governor Support Service course booker option at the top of the page.

Once you have entered your registration details you will receive a confirmation email.( Just in case, please check your junk mail/spam folder)

*Have a look at our Summer term 2021 webinar courses by clicking on the link here*

If you need any support with using the new course booking service please contact us on 01895 717321 or by email at office@governor.support

Schools we work with often have vacancies for school governor volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, why not find out more?

Apply through GSS directly by completing the form below or click on the link below to volunteer through a charity we work with, Governors for Schools:

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