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School Governor training, help and resources

Governor Support Service

We are able to offer a range of support services to schools and academies across Sheffield. These are subscription services which can include:

  • Help with planning the agenda and structure of your governing board meetings.
  • Provision of a well-trained clerk who will support the governing board at their meetings, advising on governance, constitutional and procedural matters.
  • Dedicated support, advice and guidance provided online or by telephone during normal working hours.
  • Access to a wide range of governor training, both face to face and online  


Our help for Governors

  • Support and advice around your role
  • Signposting to other sources of support eg. National Leaders of Governance, Local Leaders of Governance, Department for Education
  • Contact with key personnel with the Local Authority
  • Advice and support to Governing Board Discipline Committees considering permanent exclusions

For help/support from LLGs, please email us


Governor Training

We have always placed a great emphasis on the importance of governor training.  With this in mind, we have worked closely with Learn Sheffield who will be co-ordinating the full range of governor training and development opportunities with effect from September 2016.  

Governors of schools and academies who subscribe to the service will have access to a yearly programme of courses that respond to national and local initiatives as well as having access to unlimited online governor training.
Training and development opportunities with Learn Sheffield


Support materials for existing governors

The Governor Support Service offers a wide range of materials which are accessible to governing boards of schools that subscribe to the Governor Support Service. If you would like access to any of these materials please contact us.

These materials include:

  • Advice and guidance on different models of school governance including:
    • Academies
    • Federations
  • Governing Board development including:
    • Asking the right questions
    • Helping to organise your committees
    • Self-evaluation and skills audits
    • Statutory model policies
    • Governor recruitment – support for schools
    • Guidance on constitutional governance regulations
    • Performance management of the Headteacher
    • Procurement of goods and services


National Leaders of Governance (NLGs) and Local Leaders of Governance LLGs)

NLGs are highly effective Chairs of Governors who use their skills and experience to support other Chair of Governors to improve school and academy performance.

NLGs have contributed to raising standards in their own school or academy by providing appropriate support and challenge to their Headteacher or Principal and by developing their governing board.

All NLGs have had training in coaching and mentoring and have at least three years’ experience as Chair within the last five years.

They aim to supplement existing sources of school-to-school support for governance offered by local authorities, dioceses, trusts and other partners. 

In Sheffield there is recognition of the importance of top quality governance of schools and of the need to strengthen partnerships and collaboration between schools to drive improvements.

We actively promote and support the NLG programme as one means of contributing to the improvement of school governance.

We believe that the additional capacity provided by Local Leaders of Governance (LLGs) in their work with Sheffield governing boards will further accelerate school improvement in the city.

Because not all experienced and high performing school governors are either eligible to apply for NLG status/apply unsuccessfully/do not want to apply, we have put in place a ‘Local Leaders of Governance’ (LLG) programme.

The aim of this programme is similar to the NLG programme, that is; to ensure that there is a group of experienced and skilled governors available who are able to be quickly deployed to support local schools.

To contact the NLGs directly for advice/support, email


Further information

Learn Sheffield

Sheffield Association of School Governing Bodies (SASGB)

DfE – ‘Running a school or college’

National Governors Association

Sheffield Safeguarding Children


Contact us

Please contact us for any further information or assistance.

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