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A solid induction can help new governors understand their roles and be effective straight away. Discover resources to help them get off to a great start.

Induction is recommended

It's good practice for new governors to have induction training. 

This is important because: 

  • Your board will work most efficiently when everyone knows their roles and responsibilities 
  • Ofsted will consider governors' commitment to their development as part of the 'leadership and management' judgement 

Your board needs to:

  • Identify induction and ongoing training needs
  • Encourage all governors to take advantage of the resources, guidance and training available to them
  • Set aside a budget for governor training needs

This is set out in the Governance Handbook (page 35).

Check with your LA or academy trust 

Formal induction courses from your local authority (LA) or academy trust can also give new governors a chance to learn about their new roles and network with governors from different schools at the same time.

Salford City Council, for example, runs a 1-day induction course covering:

  • 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

Run in-school induction training

Give new governors information about the school they're going to be serving. Run in-school induction that includes:

  • 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

Make sure new governors receive copies of all the important documents, like a copy of the school's last Ofsted report.

More help with managing governor induction

Use our induction checklist 

If you're organising induction, download our induction checklist. It will help you stay on top of the tasks you need to carry out, and the paperwork you need to pass on to your new governors

See what other schools do

Get some inspiration with these examples of governor induction policies from schools. 

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

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