Governor Training and Development


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 bought the 'One Governor' subscription, courses are free. For details on venues, costs and charges, course listings (by term) and courses, read: PDFOne Governor training brochure [PDF 413KB] .

How to apply

To book a place on one of these courses, please contact the Governor Support Administration Officer.


  • if a course is full, you will be offered an alternative (if available) or the option of going on a waiting list for a cancelled booking.
  • over-subscription may result in more courses being offered;
  • 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.

This authority also offers information, training and advice. New governors will get:

  • a welcome letter with induction information;
  • 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.

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