Falling under the Leading Governance umbrella, our Development for Boards programme is funded by the Department for Education, who support our aim of improving the educational welfare of pupils by promoting high standards and improving school governance.

This is a consultant-led bespoke programme tailored specifically to your board’s needs. If you are a board governing a Multi Academy Trust (including an empty MAT), a group of schools/federation, or an ‘RI’ or Coasting school in an Opportunity Area, then this is the ideal solution to help you improve governing practice and meet specific outcomes.

Benefits of the programme

This programme aims to develop governance so that even in more complex circumstances, it is effective by:

  • developing the chair’s knowledge, leadership skills and networks
  • ensuring that the board knows its own strengths and weaknesses
  • supporting the creation of a realistic action plan which will ensure impact on governance
  • practice and pupil outcomes
  • targeting areas where knowledge gain is required

Programme delivery

This is a bespoke programme designed for those who are governing in more complex circumstances. The chair or future chair of the governing board will join a development programme for chairs, and will work closely with a consultant analysing an online board self-evaluation, the results of which will inform an action plan for the governing board’s development. In addition, the consultant will engage with the whole board and senior leaders so that any further support such as coaching, mentoring and subject specific training needs can be identified and provided.

This programme consists of development for the board over a period of approximately three terms.

What's included in the programme?

Designed to suit each board’s circumstances, this programme will include elements such as:

  • development for the chair
  • evaluation of the board’s strengths and weaknesses
  • engagement with the board and senior leaders
  • support with creating a board action plan
  • additional training, coaching and mentoring support as required

Programme Content

Programme Journey

The development programme for boards is designed for each board’s development needs; common aspects for all programmes will include the elements described below:

Leadership development

Programme length – approximately three terms

The chair or future chair will take part in a development programme for chairs, both developing leadership competencies and building a self-supporting network 

Board diagnostics

In the first half term

The board and senior executive leaders will complete an online board evaluation survey; an NGA consultant will work with the chair analysing the results and advise on the plan for board development

Board development

To run for about a term and a half

The NGA consultant will engage with the board through workshop delivery, bespoke training or meeting observation. They will design ongoing support according to areas for development thus ensuring that the action planning is meaningful and on track


The final half term

The board will re-evaluate its effectiveness and, with the NGA consultant, progress and impact will be reported

Programme outcomes

The board will have a clear understanding of effective governance as follows:

Board leadership will be strengthened

The board will be knowledgeable about governance structures, effective delegation, and how best to work with the clerk or company secretary

The board will be confident to carry out its role in ensuring school improvement and value for money

The board will be able to assess their own effectiveness and impact


Development for Boards - £2,000 (fully funded)
DfE funding is available for £2,000. Please get in touch with us to enquire about eligibility. 

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