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Chair and vice chair of governors

Being a chair of governors is a key leadership role and governing boards are central to the effective accountability of schools.

Leading the governing board and working in partnership with the headteacher, the chair plays a pivotal role in school improvement.

To be effective, you need a good understanding of the role and its responsibilities so that your school gains maximum benefit from the work that you do.

You also need to ensure that all governors understand the role and responsibilities of the governing board, which can vary slightly depending on the type of school such as voluntary aided, foundation, academy, multi-academy or federation.

Induction for new chairs

Welcome to new chairs' briefing (pdf) June 2017 - login* - The local authority have developed this introductory briefing on the key roles and responsibilities of chairs of school governing boards giving all new and current chairs a clear overview of what is involved. It is in addition to the Ealing chairs of governors information pack (word) - login* for all new (and existing) chairs.

Ealing's CPD online will be offering' The effective chair' in addition to induction training for all new governors.

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Learning conversation meetings - these will replace chairs’ briefings for 2019/20

These termly sessions are aimed at experienced governors who may be chairs and/or leads in key strategic priority areas. They aim to provide an opportunity for governors to share good practice as part of a networking opportunity. Each session will have a structured format focusing on core functions of governance and self-review. The focus for each session is as follows

Dates for these sessions are as follows:

  • 27 November 2019
  • 5 February 2020
  • 6 May 2020 (joint with clerks)

For more details and to book a place please go to Ealing CPD online

Chairs briefings 2018/19

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8 May 2019

6 February 2019

Chairs and clerks joint briefing 6 February 2019 presentation (pdf)

28 November 2018

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Last updated: 03 Sep 2019