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Leadership Development - Chair of Governors support

A governing board chair is at times a leader, a confidante, a manager and a critical friend; it is no exaggeration to say that the success or failure of a governing board depends heavily on the calibre of its chair.” (National Governors Association)

There is a range of guidance and support for the chair and vice-chair of governors including:

Chair of Governors coaching and development
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Chair of Governors Development Programme
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National Leaders of Governance - recruited to provide one to one support
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National College of Teaching and Leadership provide a guidance document
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National Co-ordinators of Governor Services (NCOGS) provide a guidance document   
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The Key for School Governors provide online support for subscribing schools
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Role of the chair and vice chair of governors 
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Chair of governors and headteacher - a framework for working together
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Chair of governors coaching and development

Governor and Clerking Service run a one-to-one consultancy for new and nearly new chairs of governors to help understand the roles and responsibilities. The consultancy is designed to last a maximum of one and a half hours and is available to all governing boards.

We want to help new chairs of governors understand their roles and responsibilities so that they can make an effective contribution as quickly as possible. You may want to include your headteacher in the consultancy.

For details of charging and to book contact the team


Chair of Governors Development Programme

East Sussex Governor and Clerking Service are pleased to be partnered with The National Governors Association delivering the Department for Education's funded Chair of Governors Development Programme in East Sussex.

Programme delivery
This programme offers a blend of flexible learning and will take approximately three terms to complete. Led by experienced facilitators, participants will attend workshops and access effective one-to-one mentoring throughout the duration of this programme. Learning will be both group-led and independent.

What’s included in the programme?
This is a leadership programme designed for those in a chairing role, or a future chair, and will include:

  • three face-to-face workshops focusing on leadership development at Wellshurst Golf Club
  • a 360-degree diagnostic to evaluate strengths and development needs
  • access to interactive e-learning modules and resources
  • participation in action learning sets
  • support with creating a school-based project and action plan

Please visit the NGA website for full details

What is the cost?
The full cost of this programme is £500. Funding for £500 is available for eligible schools. 
Please visit the NGA website for further details

Or contact NGA to enquire about eligibility.
Telephone: 0121 237 4600
Email: leading.governance@nga.org.uk 

To book a place
Please register your place