Training and development is a vital part of becoming an effective governor. It assists governors in dealing with the many issues that occur regularly; in keeping up with the many changes taking place in education; and in supporting schools to raise standards. Governors play a key role in the life of a school and their job is demanding in terms of time, skill, energy and commitment.
The training aims to support governors in;
- fulfilling their strategic planning role in the school;
- understanding and fulfilling their accountability role by providing information as required;
- acting as a critical friend in the management of the school;
- developing appropriate skills and knowledge to be an effective member of a governing body;
- working in partnership with senior management, staff, parents, the local community and, where appropriate, the diocesan authorities.
Governors rightly recognise the importance of in-service training for staff in schools yet frequently forget that they, too, are key players in raising standards and that they need support and training to an equal degree.
Governor Training Programme
All governors and clerks to governing bodies of Calderdale schools are eligible to attend governor training courses. If the school has purchased the One Governor subscription, then the courses are free as part of the subscription. The brochure includes details of venues, costs and charges, course listings by term, and details on the courses.
How to apply
To book a place on one of these courses, please contact the Governor Support Administration Officer
- If a course is fully booked, you will be offered an alternative course (if available) or the option of being placed on a waiting list for a cancelled booking.
- Over-subscription may result in additional courses being provided.
- Low bookings may result in a course being re-scheduled / cancelled.
Support and training for new governors
New governors can get support from their governing body and from the local authority. Governing bodies should develop school specific induction packs for new governors. Some governing bodies also arrange for an experienced governor to partner a new governor. The experienced governor can:
- make introductions and arrange a visit to the school;
- explain how meetings are conducted;
- help the new governor to understand and organise the paperwork;
- explain the education jargon;
- explain the structure of the governing body and how the committees function.
The local authority also provides information, training and advice. All new governors receive a welcome letter from the Local Authority, together with induction information with the school’s Instrument of Government if it is for a maintained school and a copy of the training available.
Induction training for new governors runs once per term.