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

The Autumn Term 2017 training booklet can be downloaded from here GSS T&D Programme Autumn 17, or courses can be accessed individually from the Courses sections of this website.

Our training and development programme aims to:
• Contribute to raising standards and effectiveness and improving school performance
• Clarify roles and responsibilities of the governing body and increase understanding of issues affecting education
• Support schools in meeting national and local education agendas
• Help to problem solve effectively within complex issues of school governance
• Develop positive relationships and partnerships
• Promote a ‘teamwork’ attitude
• Provide support for those new to school governance and education.

To help governing body members meet the challenges of their role, we strongly recommend that every governor should attend as, an absolute minimum, at least one session from our programme each academic year.

New governing body members are strongly encouraged to attend our introductory sessions which take place each term. These sessions will provide a good understanding of the governing body’s role and responsibilities and offer networking opportunities.

Clerks to governing bodies are recommended to attend our clerks termly briefing session to keep themselves updated on current issues (locally and nationally) and seek support on any other clerking matters. Our clerking sessions offer networking opportunities.

The governing body has overall responsibility for the training and development of its members and, as good practice, it is recommended that a whole governing body training session takes place at least once each academic year.