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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.

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  1. Induction is recommended
  2. Free governor induction from The Key
  3. LA induction training
  4. In-school induction training
  5. Induction arrangements: examples

Induction is recommended

Although not compulsory, it is good practice for new governors to have induction training.

The Governance Handbook says:

As part of induction and continuous development, effective boards encourage everyone involved in governance, especially those new to the role, to make the most of the resources, guidance and training available to develop their knowledge and skills.

Boards should also set aside a budget for training and induction.

Free governor induction from The Key

Governor Induction is a free e-learning module produced by The Key in partnership with Lloyds Banking Group and Governors for Schools. It is designed for new governors and trustees in maintained schools, academies and multi-academy trusts, and can also be used as a refresher for existing governors and trustees. Take the course here: 

The module includes information, activities, videos and practical resources. It provides an overview of:

  • Your role and responsibilities
  • The impact you can make
  • Learning about your school
  • Attending your first meeting
  • Your accountabilities

It takes around an hour to complete. You need to create an account with Governors for Schools to take the course, but it's free to access. You can complete it on a PC, tablet or smartphone.

Make sure your new governors have access to The Key

Tell your new governors to register themselves with The Key for School Governors so they can access our full range of resources, read up on the topics they're likely to encounter and keep up-to-date with changes in education.

They'll require a personal login, which they can create online. Tell them to: 

  • Visit My Key (
  • Have your school's postcode to hand, which they will need for the registration
  • Fill in the short registration form, and select 'The Key for School Governors' when given the option

There is no limit to the number of users your school can have, so tell the other governors on your board too if they aren't already signed up.

If you have any queries or need more help, speak to our member support team via live chat (the red button at the bottom-right corner of this page), visit our Help Centre, or call us. Our working hours are 8am-6pm, Monday to Friday.

LA induction training

Formal induction training courses can enable new governors to gain an overview of the role and network with other governors from different schools.

Some local authorities (LAs) and academy trusts offer induction training to governors in their schools. You may wish to check whether your LA or academy trust provides such training.

Salford City Council, for example, runs a 1 day induction course covering topics such as:

  • The principles of good governance
  • The roles and responsibilities of governing bodies
  • How the governing board should challenge and support the work of the school
  • Governors' use of data
  • Ofsted's impact on the role of the governing board and what to expect from a school inspection

In-school induction training

New governors should receive an induction within the school. This could involve:

  • A tour of the school
  • An introduction to staff
  • Meetings with the headteacher and chair
  • A meeting with the school council
  • An introduction to a governor mentor/buddy

New governors should also be provided with important documents, such as a copy of the school's last Ofsted report.

You can use our downloadable checklist for new governors, which contains a list of documents that a new governor should receive.

Induction arrangements: examples

Junior school in Warwickshire

St Giles Junior School's induction policy and pack for new governors outlines the board's induction procedure including:

  • Access to documents
  • What the headteacher will cover in her briefing to new governors
  • Areas that the mentor will cover
  • Areas that the training link governor will cover

Secondary academy in Barnet

The governor induction policy from East Barnet School explains that new governors will have the opportunity to tour the school, and a mentor will accompany them to their first full governing board meeting. 

It also lists the documents that new governors will receive within the first 2 weeks of their appointment.

In another article from The Key, we look at further examples of schools' induction arrangements for new governors.

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