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Support and training for governors

The Governor Support and Development Team based at Shirehall provides training, advice, information and resources in a number of ways, including:

  • day-time telephone contact
  • training courses - visit the Shropshire Learning Gateway to view all courses(NB this is a secure site and you will need to obtain a password from your school).
  • regular termly meetings with chairs of governors and the Shropshire School Governors' Council (SSGC) link governors
  • newsletters.

Many local companies encourage employees to become governors and allow time off with pay, although this is not a legal requirement. In any event, school governors are covered by the provisions of the Employee Protection Act which grants employees reasonable unpaid time off for public duties.

The local authority places great emphasis on the importance of governor training, and with this in mind the Governor Support and Development Team facilitates training and development opportunities for all governors, and encourages governing bodies to participate in learning activities.

A yearly programme of courses that respond to national and local initiatives is always on offer to help governors plan their participation in advance.

Training models

Central Programme

Participation in any of the county-wide courses. You will find details of all the courses available to governors on the Shropshire Learning Gateway.

Whole School Governing Body

This can be delivered at school to address the school's priorities, as well as help governors' to respond to national and local initiatives or government requirements.


Participation in school-based training on a specific topic, and clustering with schools in certain areas.

Online training

A subscription to Modern Governor is offered to governing bodies through the Governor Support and Development Team, which provides access to online training using interactive and engaging scenario-based material. 

Modern Governor is a service from Learning Pool, the public sector e-learning exchange. It's designed to help school governors develop their skills through e-learning which supplements traditional 'face to face' training and development opportunities. Whether you're a newly elected governor or an established governor looking to increase your existing knowledge, modern governor has something for you. It has been created with help from experts in governor services. This means that all modern governor courses reflect the latest initiatives and challenges facing school governors today.

A subscription to Modern Governor gives you unlimited access to our on-line course catalogue which is growing every month with new material covering today's most important topics.

Governor benefits:

  • Any time, any place, any pace learning
  • Learning in privacy
  • Bite sized learning that can be revisited
  • Dedicated helpdesk available 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday
  • Group learning if undertaken in governor meetings.

School benefits:

  • Increased access to training for busy or remote governors
  • Ability to provide blended learning programmes
  • Tracked and evidenced learning
  • Reduced classroom time
  • Cost efficiencies, even for small schools.

Modern Governor can be purchased through the Governor Support and Development Service Level Agreement. Leaflets giving more details on Modern Governor and subscription are attached.

Other courses

In addition, the Diocese of Shrewsbury Education Service (Catholic) Schools, the Lichfield Diocese and the Hereford Diocesan Board of Education invite headteachers and governors to relevant courses. The local authority/Shropshire School Governor Council consultation and briefing meetings which are held termly provide a discussion forum on matters of mutual interest to both governors and the council.

Good governing bodies don't just happen!

The identification and coordination of learning and development priorities for governors is important. For this reason each governing body is encouraged to appoint one of its members as a coordinator for governor training. To help the coordinator keep a record of the training received by each governor, the Governor Support and Development Team has devised a form called report to governing body on governor training session which can be found on the Shropshire Learning Gateway.

Although governors have important responsibilities, they carry them as part of a team, not as individuals. Advice is always available. So if you would like to join the 2,300-plus governors in Shropshire Council-maintained schools and help shape the education of children, please contact us via the details on this page.

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Related information


Governor Support
01743 254361
Shropshire Council
Children and Young People's Services
Abbey Foregate
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