Guidance

School governors: professional development

Find out what training is available for school governors and how to apply.

Chairs of Governors’ Leadership Development Programme

Apply

This programme will not accept new applications after July 2017.

If you wish to apply, please do so before the end of the summer term.

Apply with one of the organisations licensed to offer this training.

Who can apply

This programme is suitable for aspiring chairs, those new to the role and experienced chairs.

What’s involved

The programme consists of 3 units, each studied over a term. Each unit focuses on an essential element of being an effective chair:

  • the role of the chair, the leader
  • leading the governing body and effective governance
  • leading change and continuous improvement

You can study individual units together as a programme or take a single unit depending on your needs.

Each unit includes:

  • a workshop providing opportunities to collaborate and learn with peers
  • opportunities to reflect on leadership practice
  • school-based activities leading to school improvement
  • access to a mentor for support, guidance and challenge
  • online learning
  • a leadership diagnostic to guide your development

Costs

The recommended price for the programme (all 3 units) is £399, although the cost may vary by licensee.

The cost of taking individual units varies by licensee. Contact your licensee for further details.

Unfortunately, we’re unable to pay your travel or supply cover costs.

Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships will be available for part of this financial year, from April 2017 to July 2017. These will be for chairs in the following settings:

  • scholarships of £320 if you’re in a state-funded educational setting

You may be eligible if you’re an aspiring or existing chair of governors from the English state-maintained sector or a non-maintained special school. This includes:

  • academies
  • city technology colleges
  • community schools and colleges
  • foundation schools and colleges
  • free schools
  • local authority nursery schools
  • non-maintained special schools and studio schools
  • pupil referral units
  • secure units
  • voluntary-aided schools and colleges
  • voluntary-controlled schools and colleges

Scholarships are only available if you take the full programme. They’re not available if you choose to take individual units.

We can’t guarantee that scholarships will be available in future years.

Apply for a scholarship

Contact your licensee to apply for a scholarship as part of your programme application. Licensees will prioritise scholarships in their own regions.

We’ll pay the scholarship to your licensee, not to you or your school. You should arrange to pay any remaining balance with your licensee, as we’re not responsible for processing these payments.

Clerks to Governing Bodies Training Programme

Who can apply

You should be a new or experienced clerk to a governing body.

Apply

This programme will not accept new applications after July 2017.

If you wish to apply, please do so before the end of the summer term.

Apply with one of the organisations licensed to offer this training.

What’s involved

The programme takes about 35 hours and will develop your skills to support your governing body. Your learning will take place through:

*face-to-face sessions *online learning *group working *personal reflection

Costs and scholarships

The recommended cost of the programme will be £399, although this may vary by licensee.

A limited number of scholarships are available for part of this financial year, from April 2017 to July 2017. These will be for clerks in the following settings:

  • Scholarships of £320 if you’re in a state-funded educational setting

We can’t guarantee that scholarships will be available in future years.

Training workshops for governing body members

Who can apply

You should be a school or academy governor or trustee.

Apply

Scholarships for these workshops end in July 2017.

If you wish to apply, please do so now.

Book a place directly with one of the schools or organisations licensed to offer these workshops.

What’s involved

The workshops address strategic themes for governing bodies. There are 5 workshops to support you with your governor responsibilities. Each lasts for 3 hours with a break. They are:

Costs

The workshops are free for up to 3 governors (which can include the headteacher) from your school or academy.

Disadvantaged pupils – what governors need to know about Pupil Premium

The workshop is to improve your understanding of how Pupil Premium funding is used to support disadvantaged and vulnerable children in your care.

By the end of the workshop you’ll:

  • know the definition of ‘disadvantaged pupils’ and the funding available
  • be clear on the role of the governing body and its accountability for Pupil Premium
  • know what data is available and how it can be used to ask the right questions
  • be aware of whole-school strategies that have been successful and effective

Forming or joining a multi-academy trust (MAT)

The workshop will increase your understanding of MATs and explain the benefits of joining or forming a MAT.

By the end of this workshop you’ll understand:

  • government policy on MATs
  • how MATs are structured
  • models of effective MAT governance
  • the options available for maintained schools
  • the next steps in joining or forming a MAT

Contact us

Governance

Further information on external reviews of governance, national leaders of governance and leadership development opportunities for governors.

Published 18 March 2014
Last updated 13 July 2017 + show all updates
  1. The NCTL governor programmes and workshops will not accept new applications after July 2017
  2. New workshops added to page
  3. Updates following decisions to extend the licences for governor training
  4. Scholarships available for 2015 to 2016
  5. New contact information added
  6. First published.