Effective governing boards ensure new governors have access to induction training. Understand how you can provide induction training, and use our free e-learning module to help new governors to get to grips with their role.
What does the role of training link governor involve? We look at the role of the link governor for training, citing three local authorities and expert advice on who should, and should not, take the role. We also point to our articles looking at governor handbooks and induction packs in more detail.
What should a mentor for a new governor do? We relay advice from one of our associate education experts on the role of a mentor for a new governor. We also look at a school’s governor induction policy which outlines the role of a governor mentor.
A good governing board ensures that the right support is in place for new governors. Help new governors settle into their role with our downloadable checklist, and read advice from one of our governance experts on conducting effective inductions.
How can a new governor contribute to meetings? Our associate experts explain the correct procedure for bringing issues to the governing body. They also suggest ways that new governors can make an effective contribution in meetings, and how they might overcome being intimidated by the headteacher.
Can an existing governor move to a different category? One of our associate education experts sets out a process for re-appointing a governor in a new category. We also look at the process for when the governor in question is the chair or vice-chair.
What are the inspection arrangements for new academies? This article relays guidance from Ofsted and one of our associate education experts on the inspection of new academies and schools in the process of converting.
Is there guidance on conducting governor appraisal? Three of our associate education experts give advice on the frequency and preparation for governor appraisal. We link to guidance on choosing an appraisal method. You will also find our KeyDoc template for 360° feedback for individual governors.
How can we ensure a proposed staffing role is necessary? We relay advice from our associate education experts on how governors can hold the headteacher to account over an additional staffing position. We also look at who should approve a new role and how to change existing roles.
Where can we find funding for new facilities? In this article, we refer to examples of sources of funding that may be available for school building projects. We look at government funding, such as school condition allocations and the Condition Improvement Fund, as well as grant funding.
Is there advice on creating a strategic plan for a new multi-academy trust? We relay advice from one of our associate education experts on creating a strategic plan for a multi-academy trust (MAT), and link to examples of strategic plans from MATs.
How can we support a new headteacher? This article contains a downloadable KeyDoc setting out arrangements a governing body can make to support a newly appointed headteacher. It also points to local authority guidance on headteacher induction.
What should governors consider when forming a new multi-academy trust (MAT)? In this article, we relay advice from one of our associate education experts on key questions to consider when setting up a new MAT. We also include a flowchart on the process for setting up a MAT.
Is there information on conducting a headteacher handover? We look at guidance from local authorities (LAs) on handing over to a new headteacher, and checklists of documents and information that should be provided.
How often should DBS checks be renewed? DBS checks do not expire - it is for the school employer to decide if you need a new check. We look at whether you need a check if you have one through another organisation. You will also find information on the DBS Update Service.
Is it appropriate to ask for references when appointing governors? We refer to advice from Governors for Schools and One Education on this issue, including what referees should be asked. We also link to examples of forms used to request referees' contact details.