Supporting schools and trusts across England and Wales to find highly skilled governors, chairs and trustees for their boards

Register a vacancy using our online form and specify the skills and attributes you’re looking for. We’ll then find a volunteer that best matches your requirements.

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Our Services

Chair Recruitment Service

We recognise that finding someone with the skills and experience to chair a board can be challenging. As such, we’re delighted to have launched an enhanced Chair Recruitment Service, including targeted head-hunting and additional support for placed volunteers.

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Online training and support

We’ve developed eLearning modules on a number of topics from driving school improvement to understanding performance data. We hold regular webinars, topics include effective safeguarding and personal development in the new Ofsted framework.

New governors and Trustees receive exclusive access to guidance and resources. They’ll receive 12 months’ free access to online governor resource GovernorHub Knowledge.

At Governors for Schools, we recognise the importance of induction training to ensure newly appointed governors can hit the ground running in their new roles.

We have developed a bespoke 11-module eLearning course entitled ‘Become an Effective New Governor’, which is designed to ensure new governors know all they need to start their roles.

Why purchase Become an Effective New Governor?

  • Our CPD-accredited programme provides a comprehensive introduction to school governance to help new governors quickly gain confidence in the role.
  • Two different versions for those in maintained schools and those in academies.
  • Volunteers can complete the modules at any time, over any time period and come back to refresh their knowledge as often as they like.
  • The content is dynamic, with quizzes, challenges, and links to more in-depth information to broaden learners‘ knowledge in areas of key interest.
  • At only £24 per person, or £50 per board, it offers tremendous value compared to other induction resources out there.
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How we work with our partners

We support corporations across England and Wales to get their employees into governance, building connections with local communities and supporting professional development.

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We also work with a number of universities to encourage both staff and alumni to volunteer as governors.

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We're proud to work with a number of organisations that better prepare governors for their role, and offer training and guidance in the field of education

GovernorHub Knowledge

GovernorHub Knowledge is an online resource and knowledge bank for school leaders and governors, providing clear, comprehensive help and resources. GovernorHub Knowledge, formerly known as The Key for School Governors, has supported Governors for Schools since 2012, and throughout this time, thousands of new governors have benefitted from their resources.

All our newly placed governors receive 12 months’ free access to GovernorHub Knowledge to support them in their new role.


IGovs exists to provide free independent support to school governors and trustees, regardless of whether they are in Trusts or maintained schools. Collectively, our consultants have many decades of governance experience and we will match your needs to a suitable expert.

Better Governor

Better Governor has supported our webinar programme since 2018, with governance experts Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn hosting regular sessions on a variety of key topics.

Better Governor combines real-life experience of governance and clerking in maintained schools and academy trusts with insight into education policy, legislation and practice relevant to governance.

Governors Cymru Services

Governors Cymru is a unique, independent support service in Wales that provides a range of services for school governors.

Governors Cymru offers a subscription-based package which includes access to a wealth of information on the roles and responsibilities of school governors, to keep you up to date and compliant, as well as saving you time and providing excellent value. This includes a support line, a user-friendly website, high quality online guidance, advice, and resource information, e-bulletins and briefing sessions, and much more. Additional services are also available.

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GovernorHub is a website designed by, and for, governors and trustees, that provides you with a central place to manage the work of your board.

With GovernorHub, you can:

  • Save your clerk time and effort.
  • Keep track of all of your meetings and papers.
  • Make sure everyone knows what is happening and when.
  • Provide an instant body of evidence for when you need it most.

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