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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You should have a senior board level lead to take leadership responsibility for safeguarding arrangements. Read guidance on the role of a link governor for safeguarding, and find links to resources to support governors in the role.