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Governing board roles

Different models of governance


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This module is designed to ensure you have a full understanding of the different models of governance and how to work with other boards.

You will cover:

the different models of governing boards currently in use in schools
the benefits and/or implications of working in partnership with other governing boards
Study time

55 minutes

Certificate upon completion

Module description

There are various types of governing boards in practice today and each comes with their own set of advantages and drawbacks. It’s important for governors and trustees to not only understand how their own board operates, but also the different models of governance in operation.

Upon completion of the module, you will also be able to consider what the benefits and implications are of working in partnership with other boards.

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