Access this unit immediately1 year access

To access all the in-house training materials to support your CPD simply:

Alternatively, call us at +44 (0) 208 315 1506 or email us at

The key purpose of this self-study course is to clarify the core purpose and key functions of governance. The DfE and Ofsted are particularly interested in skills that governors possess and this unit is the first in a number that will help address this and make your governing board (GB) more effective.

This unit provides an overview of governance in general, and later units will explore some of the detail. We will also look at the differences between governance in maintained schools and governance in academies, in broad terms.

This unit aims to develop an understanding of GB roles and responsibilities, its effectiveness and any further guidance, training and/or learning opportunities that may be beneficial.

Aims and outcomes

  • Develop an understanding of governing board roles and responsibilities.
  • Develop the effectiveness of the governing board.
  • Develop your confidence as a member of your governing board.
  • Signpost to further guidance, training and learning opportunities.

Unit content

Unit 1: Induction for new governors