How to induct a new governor or trustee effectively

High-quality induction ensures that new governors and trustees can hit the ground running. Understand what you need to do to prepare them for their role, and use our checklist to make sure you've done everything you need to.

Last reviewed on 3 November 2022
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  1. The chair usually leads induction
  2. Set up a meeting with your new governor 
  3. Send them key documents
  4. Set them up on GovernorHub
  5. Assign them their mentor
  6. Help them prepare for their first board meeting
  7. Invite them to observe a committee
  8. Set them up with training
  9. Download our induction checklist
  10. Keep in touch

The chair usually leads induction

The chair should lead induction for a new governor but can delegate the responsibility to someone with the necessary governance experience, such as the vice-chair or governance professional. In multi-academy trusts where there is a governance lead, they could be the person responsible for inductions.

Whoever's responsible, the individual should keep the headteacher/principal/CEO and clerk updated on the new governor's progress.

Set up a meeting with your new governor 

If you're leading induction, arrange a video call with the new governor.

You don’t need to invite the headteacher or CEO to this meeting as they don’t need to be involved yet. This will also help the new governor understand that you’re responsible for providing the leadership and direction of the governing board, not the headteacher.  

Present the vision for improvement and strategy for the future Explain how the governing board and its committees function Outline your expectations