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.

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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 2010/2021, or schools can access the training on a ‘pay as you go’ basis. Please contact us for further information

Virtual Training Courses

New courses for Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021 have now been released.

***Bookings to be made through the link above***

Department for Education

School Governance updates
Important news relating governance in maintained schools and academy trusts

17th July 2020

Governance Annual Report

In reference to completing your Governance Annual Report for 2019/20.

Regarding outcomes (assessments and testing), please refer to the Department for Education (DfE) ‘Guidance for full opening: schools’ – with particular reference to Section 4 ‘Assessment and Accountability’.
See our revised Annual Governance Statement Template,in “Model Documents” section once logged in.

DfE Guidance for full opening of schools

Welcoming children back in September.

Although the majority of the guidance is operational, governing boards need to be assured of the revised risk assessment and health and safety matters.

2nd July 2020

Governing Board Update - 17th June 2020

This document is for information only and does not come into force until 1 September 2020 – continue to refer to KCSIE 2019 until then.

DfE Guidance for managing playgrounds & outdoor gyms

Governing boards need to be assured that playgrounds are included in your school Covid19 risk assessments.

9th July 2020

Message from the Secretary of State

“I am particularly grateful to you as trustees and governors for your dedication to the wellbeing and capacity of school leaders, who are under immense pressure, as well as your ambition to support your communities. Thank you”.

Read the full statement and further summary DfE guidance for governing boards from the link above.

4th June 2020

NGA - COVID 19 Information for Governing Boards

A summary of the role of governors in the safe re-opening of schools incl. risk assessments.
No log in/password needed for this download

Coronavirus: Safeguarding in Schools, Colleges & other providers

Ensure safeguarding policy is reviewed where needed as more children come into school
Ensure staff know name of DSL(s) and how to contact (each day)
20th May 2020

Hillingdon Governors' Termly Meeting

Papers from the meeting on 20 May 2020.
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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 October 2019 please see below:

Courses can no longer be booked on this site. Details of all our training courses can be accessed by clicking here and selecting the ‘Governor Support Courses’ tab on the left-hand menu. New users to the course booking service will need to complete the registration process (via the ‘Register’ tab on the top menu bar) to create a personal account where their bookings can then be viewed and amended as necessary. More information on how to register here.

*Have a look at our Summer term 2020 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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