Governor Leadership Programme

As the development of a school-led system continues to change the education landscape, the importance of high quality and effective governance leadership is becoming increasingly important. Our Governor Leadership Programme is funded and accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership and will help you develop your skills against nationally recognised standards.


Who is this for?

The programme has been designed to support all chairs of governors, whether you are aspiring, new to the role or well-established.

What are the benefits?

This programme will develop your skills as a leader, increase your effectiveness to drive improvement and improve learning outcomes for children and young people.

During the programme you will:

  • gain practical understanding and insight into successful school governance
  • have access to resources and peer support via our online learning environment with no need to travel
  • share best practice and broaden knowledge through online discussions and webinars
  • complete school-based activities linked to learning aims to provide a real and practical benefit to you and your school
  • receive ongoing support from a highly experienced mentor
  • focus on relevant training for you through a selection of nine school-based enquiries
  • complete a 360° leadership skills review to help tailor your learning journey

How is it delivered?

The programme is delivered either as a coached online model or a blended learning model and will take around nine months to complete. Whichever delivery model you choose, you will be supported and guided by experienced governor trainers and mentors.

At the start of the programme you will complete a 360° leadership skills review to gain an understanding of your current leadership skills and help shape your learning journey.

The programme has three cores units that focus on the essential elements of governor leadership:

  • Unit 1: The role of the chair
  • Unit 2: Leading the governing body and effective governance
  • Unit 3: Leading change and continuous improvement

The units comprise of online activities (25 learning hours) alongside school-based learning. At every stage you will receive support and coaching from your BPN mentor. You will engage in discussions, have opportunities to share good practice with peers and access the most relevant and up to date resources.

You will select the most relevant school-based enquiries from a choice of nine and carry out these enquiries with the support of your mentor throughout. For example as part of Unit 1 you can choose to:

  • Explore the way you lead the governing body, or
  • Investigate approaches to performance management of head teachers and reflect on how the approach in your school may be improved, or
  • Focus on gaining a greater knowledge and understanding of effective recruitment of senior staff.

These school based activities are related to the learning aims for each unit and provide an opportunity to try out what you have learned.

Duration of study

The programme is delivered over 9 months and consists of 75 guided learning hours

How is it assessed?

You will maintain a learning log over nine months that will feed into your professional development plan. The learning log will be assessed at the end of the programme.

What does it cost?

The programme is fully funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership*. Funding covers up to two applicants per state-maintained school or academy in England. 

*NCTL have a cap on the number of funded places available. You will be informed if your place is not funded, and invited to complete the course for a fee of £320.

How to apply

If you would like to apply as an individual for our coached online model please complete our registration form.

If you represent a group of schools and would like to arrange bespoke training for 12 or more governors to complete the blended learning model, please contact the Governor Services team via our contact form or call us on 0117 920 9200.

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