School effectiveness

Ealing leaders of governance

Ealing leaders of governance (ELGs) are governors who are considered to be highly effective by their fellow governors and headteacher; and who are prepared to volunteer some time to use their skills and experience to support and mentor other governors in improving school performance.

The focus of the work of an ELG is to support other governing bodies in Ealing and the time commitment required will naturally depend on both the type of work undertaken.

The role of an ELG

This might involve providing support and mentoring on one or more of the following:

  • Supporting a new chair
  • Support induction of new governors
  • Recruitment of new governors
  • Identifying priorities for governing board (GB) development
  • Reviewing GB procedures, protocols and/or behaviour
  • Mentoring/coaching chairs through particular issues and develop solutions to identified issues
  • Assisting chairs develop productive relationships with school leaders
  • Observing governing board meetings and give developmental feedback
  • Support with how to deal with complaints
  • Help chairs and governing boards have a better understanding of governance.

As an ELG you will work with governors in other schools and academies in a variety of ways:

  • Face to face
  • Telephone/email
  • Attending a GB or committee meeting.

When requests come in from schools the school workforce and governance team will act as a broker between you and the governor or GB concerned in the first instance, to match you with a governor/governing board appropriate to your skills and experience.

Further information and application

Overview of the ELG scheme (pdf) contains more detailed information.

If you meet the criteria and would like to apply please complete and return the application form (word) to the email address below.

If you would like to discuss further please contact Therese McNulty email: or tel: 020 8825 5444.

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Last updated: 15 Mar 2017