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Governance: your role, responsibilities and organisation


At a glance

This module covers the core governance functions, competencies and essential ingredients for creating an effective governing board.

You will cover:

the key features of school governance
the expectations of governors
the essential ingredients of an effective governing board
the type of school that you govern
how to manage conflicts of interest
the importance of constructive governance
Study time

2 hours

CPD accreditation

and certification

Module description

This module focuses on: core governance functions, the DfE Governance handbook, new competency framework for governance and the essential ingredients for creating an effective governing board.

It will ensure you can transfer your learning to the real world and reflect on how these features relate to the type of school organisation you govern, looking at the pupils, funding and education requirements.

Upon completion of this module, you will also learn about the importance of constructive governance and understand how to work effectively with the rest of your board.

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    • “The module was informative and highlighted gaps in my knowledge with regards to my new role as a governor”

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    • “I found the module of interest. I wish I had done the module when I became a Governor and not a few years down the road.”


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    • “As a new governor I found this module very useful indeed. The interface was very simple and easy to use plus the content was excellent.”

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      Who developed this module?

      Paul Aber
      Paul Aber

      Head of Training Development

      Paul leads and manages NGA’s face-to-face training, e-learning and development programmes. This includes recruiting, training and managing NGA’s team of consultants and trainers. Paul has many years’ experience of governance, including in maintained schools and academy trusts.

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