Providing practical support for your governing body

How the Diocese can help your governing body

Your governing body, as a whole or as groups or individuals, may need some practical support for a number of reasons including:

  • You may have concerns about effectiveness because, for example, there are too many governors or there is shortage of skills or experience in particular areas
  • You want to develop the team and/or Christian distinctive agenda in partnership with the school’s professional senior leadership team
  • An Ofsted or SIAMS Inspection or both may be looming and you want to prepare for your involvement in the inspection process 
  • Being placed in a category by Ofsted and you need support to improve

It is preferable that governing bodies seek support even when they consider themselves effective on the basis that ‘there’s always room for improvement’.

The Diocesan Governance Consultant is available, by arrangement, to meet with the Chair of Governors and headteacher for a two hour consultation, as part of the Partnership Agreement. Additional time may be agreed by arrangement.

The outcome of a consultation

As part of the consultation suggestions as to how the governing body might be supported to undertake its role effectively will be provided. This might include recommendations for training, ideas to help the governing body develop, and suggestions for the mentoring and personal development of individuals.

The Consultant will be able to consider an ongoing relationship with the governing body, if desirable, and provide a range of support, at an agreed cost, or point to other providers. 

Contact the Education Department to request a consultation visit from our Diocesan Governance Consultant.