Our eLearning modules cover a variety of important topics in governance.

They’re designed to help get you up to speed in the role, so that you can deliver effective governance from your first day.

We recommend starting with our Governor Induction module if you’re new to the role. It covers the basics of governance – from the core responsibilities to preparing for your first meeting.

All modules are free to complete. You don’t need to be a school governor or have become a governor through Governors for Schools to access our eLearning, but you’ll need to register as a user. Create an account or log in when you click to start a module.

Each module takes roughly an hour to complete. You’ll receive a certificate for each module you finish.

Short course: special educational needs and disabilities for governors

Governors in all types of school have duties towards children with special educational needs and/or disabilities. It looks at the definition of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), how the needs of pupils with SEND are met in schools, funding for SEND provision, and the role of the board and link governor in securing effective provision for pupils with SEND. This short course sets out what you need to know.

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Multi-academy trusts

Multi-academy trusts provides governors with an introduction to leadership and governance in these types of education organisation. It looks at the key characteristics of multi-academy trusts, how they are structured, and the roles of the trustees and local governors. It explores government policy towards multi-academy trusts and the various operating strategies that multi-academy trusts might adopt. It also looks at how existing schools might form or join a multi-academy trust.

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Employability and work-related learning

Developed in conjunction with City of London Corporation

Employability and work-related learning will provide governors and trustees with an introduction to their school’s role in preparing, advising and inspiring pupils ahead of their entry into the world of work. It will also look at why work-related learning and employability matters, what it looks like in different phases of education, and what makes for effective practice. The eLearning module will ensure that governing boards are well placed in delivering on this crucial aspect of the government’s careers strategy.

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Driving school improvement

Developed in conjunction with Allen & Overy

Driving School Improvement covers the role of governors in the school improvement process. It looks at setting a clear and compelling vision for the future, ensuring effective self-evaluation is taking place, and approving and monitoring clear and costed plans for improvement.

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An Introduction to School Governance

Developed in partnership with Lloyds Banking Group and The Key:

An Introduction to School Governance provides a comprehensive introduction to the school governor role. It looks at the core responsibilities of governors and some of the key activities that they carry out. It includes sections on how governors can make a positive impact, learn more about their school, and prepare for their first meeting.

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Performance data for new governors

Developed in association with Arbor:

Performance data for new governors covers the key metrics and measures governors need to understand in order to provide effective oversight of pupil and school performance. It focuses on the key types of data governors need to be able to interpret, how to interrogate data to provide support and challenge to the school leadership, and how to investigate performance more closely by benchmarking against other schools.

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Finance for new governors

Finance for new governors covers the key principles of the schools financial framework, including the funding system and accountability framework. It also focuses on the key principles of effective financial management, including the development of a financial strategy, budget monitoring, internal controls and value for money.

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