Continuing professional development (CPD) for governors; contains links to downloadable resources we hope you will find useful at the induction stage of your career as a school governor.
Please download the document below for information on forthcoming CPD events for Governors:
Forthcoming CPD Events for Governors 2016 (pdf 227kb opens in new window)
To view the full CPD prospectus provided through the Improvement and Learning Service for 2015/16 please access the following link:
Improvement and Learning Service (external East Riding website)
To make a booking please contact your school admin office.
Yes, if your school subscribes to the Governors Support Service your governing board will have access to GEL, Governor E-Learning.
Governor E-Learning (GEL) is an online learning experience providing school governors with a flexible way to access information and training. GEL supplies high-quality and accurate learning through: learning modules, supporting documents and hot topics. Together these ensure the required support is available to you at your convenience to enable you to be an effective Governor.
Governors E-Learning materials are constantly being added. GEL training modules are designed to let you work at your own pace to learn about key aspects of the many different roles that school governors can take, helping you not just to improve your skills and knowledge on key topics, but to test yourself. Each learning module will guide you through the topic, with regular activities to reinforce your learning. You will also be offered a learning review at the end of the Module.
The Learning Modules provide governors with the opportunity to read, learn and reflect on a specific subject area. Learning modules usually take up to 45 minutes to complete.
At the end of each Learning Module there is a learning review test, which takes the form of a multiple choice style of between 10 – 15 questions. Governors can test their understanding by undertaking this test and must get 80% to pass. Everyone has an opportunity to re-sit up to 5 times.
If you pass you can print out a certificate. If you collectively collate certificates for all members of your governing body covering all modules, as a governing body you have evidence to present to Ofsted to demonstrate your effectiveness and learning.
You can register for GEL here and follow the instructions (your password must be 6 letters or more):
GEL (external website)
Once your registration has been approved, you will receive an email confirming your access to the site.
Arrange to attend an informal meeting at the school to meet with the Head and Chair of Governors, during which a range of issues might be discussed:
The Head and Chair should arrange a time to show you around the school (ideally with the help of a pupil). You should receive a range of useful reading/reference material which might include:
If you have requested a supporting governor, it helps if the two of you can have a brief discussion before the meeting, particularly when the agenda has arrived, so that the procedures for the meeting can be explained and clarified.
There are a number of key issues that the chair of the meeting should bear in mind to ensure that your first experience of a governors’ meeting is encouraging and positive.
They should ensure:
A little time reflecting on your first governing body meeting will help clarify any outstanding questions or issues and assist your induction process, including:
Effective induction of new governors by the school and governing body has been shown to result in:
Yes. Governor cluster groups were established to promote greater collaboration and most efficiently deliver governor training and support on a local basis. Cluster training can provide a valuable opportunity for effective networking between governing boards to allow the sharing of experience, expertise and practice.
Training as a cluster can be beneficial in the following ways:
We have ten governor cluster groups with each one having a Governor Cluster Representative who can assist in arranging any required training.
Governor Cluster Map (pdf 532kb opens in new window)
Governor Cluster Groups (excel 14kb opens in new window)
Lisa Devine is the key point of contact at the local authority who co-ordinates training and support requests from clusters on behalf of the Improvement and Learning Adviser Team. If a governing board has any requests for training, they should contact their cluster representative who will then take the matter forward.
If you have any queries regarding the information on this page, then please contact us:
Lisa Devine - School Governance and LA Ofsted Development Officer Tel: (01482) 392173 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy Grundy - Area Improvement Adviser (North) Tel: (01482) 392406 Email: email@example.com