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.
Reducing avoidable exclusions
Governors for Schools and Allen & Overy are working together to equip governors with the knowledge and skills to build a fairer approach to exclusion. Overall rates of exclusion have risen in recent years. Research has found that practice is inconsistent across schools, trusts and regions. Certain pupil groups, including those with special educational needs and disabilities and from disadvantaged backgrounds, are significantly more likely to be excluded. This short eLeaning course will explain the role of governors around exclusions, from building a culture that seeks to minimise exclusion, to robustly reviewing decisions to exclude.Start course
Wellbeing Governors: children’s and young people’s mental health and wellbeing
Wellbeing Governors: children’s and young people’s mental health and wellbeing is the first of three elearning modules we are producing as part of our Wellbeing Governors campaign. Part 1 looks at some of the most common mental health issues that children and young people experience and what school leaders and governors can do to promote wellbeing and improve mental health in schools. Part 2 looks at staff wellbeing and how governors can support this area of school life. Part 3 considers the role that sport and exercise can play in supporting children’s and young people’s wellbeing. This eLearning is relevant to governors in all jurisdictions.Start course
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. This eLearning refers to duties placed on governors in the English state school system; governors in all jurisdictions may find elements helpful.Start course
Employability and work-related learning
This eLearning module was made possible through the support of Allen & Overy
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. This eLearning refers to duties placed on governors in the English state school system; governors in all jurisdictions may find elements helpful.Start course
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. This eLearning is aimed at governors in the English state school system; governors in all jurisdictions may find elements helpful.Start course
An Introduction to School Governance
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. This eLearning is aimed at governors in the English state school system; governors in all jurisdictions may find elements helpful.Start course
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. This eLearning is aimed at governors in the English state school system; governors in all jurisdictions may find elements helpful.Start course
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. This eLearning refers to duties placed on governors in the English state school system; governors in all jurisdictions may find elements helpful.Start course