Governor Support Team - Welcome and Notices

The information and links on this website will support you and your school in becoming more effective and in improving the outcomes for children.

The information contained on our website, in the first instance relates to Local Authority maintained schools.  Where there is no legal requirement, we advise on the basis of best practice based on the principles of effective governance, which could be applied to all categories of schools.  We hope our website will help you to make the most effective and efficient use of your valuable time. 

Our aim is to provide an outstanding service - your feedback on how we can improve is always welcomed.


In recognition of the frequent changes within the education world, we would like to signpost you to some useful information and reminders: -

  • An Introduction to Governance training course is taking place on Tuesday 5 June 2018 at St Michael's Church, Workington from 9.30am to 3.00pm.  Bookings can be made through SLA online.

  • We have recently updated our Clerk's Handbook.  Included in the handbook is a notification form for clerk's to complete when there are any changes to their chair, head teacher, LA governor or clerk.  You can also find the updated process and form for the nomination and appointment of Local Authority governors as well as the updated process for the election of chair and vice chair.

  • The Department for Education (DfE) has appointed the National Governance Association (NGA) to deliver Governance Leadership Development programmes.  These programmes include development for chairs, clerks and GBs and are designed to have real impact on school improvement.

  • Data Protection law is changing on 25 May 2018.  The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) have produced a package of tools and resources to help you get ready for the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).  The DfE have produced suggested Data protection; privacy notice model documents to issue to staff, parents and pupils about the collection of data.  The LA have prepared some guidance and example Privacy Notices for schools, these are available on the School Portal.  If you do not have access to the portal, contact your headteacher who will be able to provide the documents for you.  If your school has signed up to Legal Services Service Level Agreement, Legal Services are offering training sessions on GDPR, information about dates and venues can also be found on the School Portal.

  • The NGA have recently updated its guide The Right People Around the Table.  The guide contains practical guidance and suggestions of good practice for the recruitment of governors and trustees.

  • Changes to Ofsted's short inspection procedure have been announced.  The School Inspection Handbook, provides further detail on the changes.