Development and Support Services at Governors for Schools

Interested in becoming a school governor, or academy trustee?

The development and support services listed below are designed to get you prepared to make a difference within education. Whether you’re new to volunteering within education, or have worked in schools/academy trusts previously, we’re here to support you every step of the way. No past experience is required to access any of our development and support services.


Discover more about our eLearning modules on a variety of topics, from driving school improvement to understanding performance data. Each module is designed for both prospective and in-post governance volunteers.

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Become an Effective New Governor eLearning series

Thinking about becoming a school governor and want to prepare for the role? Or just started volunteering and want to ensure you’re effective from the outset? Our ‘Become an Effective New School Governor’ series may be for you.

This CPD-certified induction course is ideally suited to those new to education, with key language, regulations and acronyms explained so you can fully engage with meetings and visits early in your school governance role. Each section contains real examples of actions and questions – to help you develop best practice – as well as videos of current school governors speaking about their roles.

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Pathway to Governance

Find out about Pathway to Governance, our unique development and support programme designed to help make school governance accessible and relatable. Pathway to Governance is particularly suitable for:

  • Firstly, those starting out on their career journey.
  • Secondly, young people with more recent lived experience of the education system.
  • Thirdly, those who bring a diversity of skills but not necessarily from a professional background.
  • Finally, those who are interested in school governance but are lacking confidence in their ability to carry out the role effectively.
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Pathway to Trusteeship

Learn about our Pathway to Trusteeship programme which provides comprehensive training to help you prepare for the role of an academy trustee. It enables you to develop your skills and knowledge of board operations in education and the academy trust landscape.  

Additionally, the online learning series can be completed at your own pace, to fit it around professional and personal commitments. You can then apply these insights by engaging with live academy trust board scenarios in two online mock trust board meetings.  

Pathway to Trusteeship