School governance development 2024/25

This service is available for Academies and Maintained schools


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

Academic year 2024/25

We provide advice, guidance and a range of templates/ tools to empower governors, trustees and clerks to fulfil their statutory 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 

External review of governance

An external review of governance will take approx. three days. Boards may wish to review governance because of an Ofsted inspection or as part of their self-evaluation process to identify best practice and areas for development. If there is any additional follow up, to review progress or provide training this is an additional cost.

Safeguarding and pupil premium reviews can also be purchased as part of ELPs school improvement–prices on application.

Governance bespoke training / support

Cost includes preparation and delivery for up to a two-hour session. Popular sessions have included:

  • Preparing for Ofsted
  • The role of the governing board / committees
  • Ensuring accountability incl. monitoring and the use of visits
  • Understanding data / understanding finance
  • Review of governing board systems, structures and processes incl. flat vs committee structure
  • Bespoke support for new chairs / clerks.

Governance central training

For 2024/25 this will remain as part of the CPD buy back provision

Ealing Learning Partnership (ELP)

Schools that subscribe to Ealing Learning Partnership (ELP) will receive:

  • Online, telephone and email advice/ support on governance issues
  • Regular governance communications including half termly Directors’ Gatekeeping Report to governors / trustees, communicating local and national educational items
  • Dedicated governance /clerk section on EGfL including guidance templates and toolkits
  • Termly online briefings for governors, clerks and SEND governors and additional termly networking sessions for chairs and safeguarding governors
  • Access to the central training programme for governors / trustees and clerks - online and face to face. Learning complimented by the ELP governor accreditation scheme
  • Online induction for new governors, chairs, and clerks
  • Annual governor / trustee recruitment event
  • Access to annual discounted membership for, National Governance Association, GovernorHub and GovernorHub Knowledge. Cost paid for by the school at discounted rate
  • Discount on ELP governance events
  • Support in finding high quality trainers and reviewers / auditors for governance issues. Cost to be paid by the school or purchased as part of traded service or pay as you go (PAYG).
Office hours:

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Service directors:

Julie Lewis

More detailed information:

Statutory duties

All schools receive:

  • Nominate local authority governors for all maintained schools
  • Provide and signpost information and training suitable for all board members
  • Set up temporary and shadow governing boards for new maintained schools
  • Arrange parent governor representatives on local authority scrutiny committees dealing with education (carried out by the Council’s democratic services team)
  • Support governing boards (GBs) of schools at risk or in a category including appointment of additional governors or interim executive board members.
Related content:

Ealing Learning Partnership service, children and adults’ services.

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Last updated: 15 Feb 2024