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 2022/2023, or schools can access the training on a ‘pay as you go’ basis. Please contact us for further information

DfE Guidance on union strike action

The document provides advice on keeping schools open on strike days and
explains the law on trade disputes and picketing.
• In the event of strike action at a school, the Department for Education expects the
headteacher to take all reasonable steps to keep the school open for as many
pupils as possible.
• The decision to open, restrict attendance, or close a maintained school is for the
headteacher. The decision for academies rests with the academy trust, but is
usually delegated to the principal.
• It is best practice for headteachers to consult governors, parents and the Local
Authority, academy trust or diocesan representative (where appropriate) before
deciding whether to close. Headteachers are entitled to ask staff whether they
intend to strike
17th January 2023

What is National School Governors’ Day?

National School Governors Awareness Day has been created to raise awareness of governance in our schools and celebrate the contribution that governors and trustees make to improving the experiences of children and young people.
Save the date in your diary-28th February 2023

Clerks monthly briefing meeting

Copies of the January meeting Powerpoint and briefing notes are available.
Please log in to download the material.
14th January 2023

DfE What maintained schools must publish online

Clerks to governing boards must remind their boards about the updated regulations. These include school uniform and school opening times.

13th January 2023

DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education

Revised guidance effective from September 2022.

See Annex F for a summary of changes.

20th May 2022

Parent and staff governor elections

We have updated the documents.
Log in and go to the model documents section

28th May 2021

Virtual Training Courses

Courses for the Spring term 2023 can be found on our booking site. Please follow the link above.

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.


Please the framework was updated in July 2022.

Also includes a summary of changes.


Academy Trust Handbook
from 1 September 2022.

DfE Governance Handbook

Governing boards and clerks please note the handbook has been updated was last 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.


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 Spring term 2023 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 [email protected]

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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