School governance development 2019/20

This service is available for Academies and Maintained schools


We provide a complete support, advice and continuing professional development (CPD) service for governors, associate members and clerks from all school settings. Select image to view brochure (log in required).

Academic year 2019/20

We provide relevant and timely advice, guidance and a range of templates/ tools to empower governors and clerks to fulfil their duties effectively. We do this by working with boards to review and challenge current practice, identify and implement solutions that best suit their needs to improve the effectiveness of leadership and management and promote school improvement.

Additional / buy back services 

Clerking support (PAYG - price dependent on support provided) can include:

  • Online, telephone and email advice/ support on any clerking issue
  • Review of minutes - advice on ways to improve your minutes and best practice email and telephone support
  • Recruitment guidance including job description, advert, interview questions, tasks and advice on contractual arrangements of professional clerks
  • Tailored one-to-one induction for new clerks
  • Access to Ealing clerks ELP help network.

Time and cost will be dependent on the type of support needed.

External review of governance

An external review of governance will usually take approx three days. It may additionally include a follow-up visit to review impact. This may be as a result of an Ofsted inspection but also as part of a GBs self-evaluation process to establish best practice and areas for development. If there is any additional follow to review progress or provide training this will be an additional cost.

GB bespoke training

Cost includes prep and delivery for up to a two hour session. Popular sessions have included; preparing for Ofsted; roles and responsibilities of the GB; Understanding data; Vison and values; Ensuring accountability including use of visits and other evidence

New chairs - mentoring support /one to one training Email and telephone support with meetings as relevant. Time and cost will be dependent on the type of support or mentoring needed.

Schools that subscribe to Ealing Learning Partnership (ELP )

  • Online, telephone and email advice/ support on any governance issue
  • Distribution of key governance communications including bi annual Directors’ Report communicating local and national educational items for information and action
  • Half termly governance news bulletin to all governors and clerks
  • Dedicated governor/clerk section on EGFL including guidance templates and toolkits
  • Termly briefings for clerks and chairs
  • Online induction for new governors and new chairs
  • Annual governor recruitment event
  • Access to annual discounted membership for The Key to School Governors /National Governance Association(cost paid for by the school at discounted rate)
  • Support in finding high quality trainers and reviewers for governance issues (cost to be paid by the school or purchased as part of traded service/PAYG)

Office hours:

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Service directors:

Julie Lewis

More detailed information:

Statutory duties

  • Nominate local authority governors to all maintained schools
  • Maintain a membership database
  • Check and make Instrument of Government (IOGs) for all maintained schools
  • Communicate information and signpost training on essential governance issues
  • Set up temporary and shadow governing boards for new maintained schools
  • Appoint parent governor representatives on local authority forums dealing with education (carried out by the Council's democratic services team)
  • Support governing boards of schools at risk or in a category including appointment of additional governors or interim executive board members
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Ealing Learning Partnership service, children and adults’ services.

Additional contact information

Telephone: 020 8825 5444

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Last updated: 17 Sep 2019