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Support, training and resources for school governors

Interested in using our Governor Support Service? 

Please get in touch to find out more about how we can support your governing board.

Call us on 0191 424 7725 or email

The Governor Support Service aims to provide a high quality, professional service for your governing board, assisting with your roles in strategic management, raising attainment, accountability and acting as a critical friend.

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South Tyneside Governor Support Service has provided valuable advice, guidance and training to our school and governing board. This has been instrumental in helping us achieve excellent leadership and governance.


Clerking service

The Governor Support Service offers a professional clerking service through a service level agreement, to assist with the administration and routine communication including statutory responsibilities. Many South Tyneside schools, as well as schools outside of the Borough, use the clerking service.

The Department for Education recognises that the quality of the clerk is a crucial element in the effectiveness of a governing board in fulfilling its strategic function of;

Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

In ensuring that these functions are met the clerk's role to the board is key - responsible for providing:

  • Procedural and legislative advice
  • Administrative and organisational support
  • Guidance to ensure that the board works in accordance with the legal framework and is compliant with necessary regulations.

The clerking service offers support with:

  • Programming meetings, including advice on the timing and agenda for meetings to comply with:
    • Statutory requirements of current and new legislation
    • Previous decisions of the governing board
    • Best practice
  • Convening meetings, including:
    • Production of reports on school governance to comply with current and new legislation
    • Agenda preparation
    • Expedite all other reports and papers
    • Gather, print and distribute all papers 
  • Attendance of a clerk at meetings to:
    • Give advice on school governance matters as they arise
    • Take minutes of the meeting
  • Post meeting follow-up, including:
    • Produce draft minutes
    • Record attendance
    • Notification of appointments
    • Liaise with the Council and other agencies on resolutions of the governing board
  • Help for governors:
  • Other support services including a range of tasks, such as:
    • Monitor attendance of governors
    • Disqualification of governors where required
    • Monitor expiry of term of office and liaise with appropriate institutions
    • General administrative support in the provision of material and information

Interested in using our clerking service? 

Please get in touch to find out more about how we can support your governing board.

Call us on 0191 424 7725 or email

South Tyneside's Governor Support Service provides an excellent clerking service for our governor meetings and information delivered at their governor briefings, workshops and conferences provides an invaluable source of the most up to date, pertinent intelligence for our governing board

Free support

We offer some free support for Governors and Governing Boards, which is a statutory obligation of the Council. We provide this service free of charge.

We offer support including:

  • Providing Governing Boards with appropriate information to include:
    • Information pack for new Governors in accordance with DFE guidelines
    • Executive Director's reports to termly meetings of the Governing Board
    • Newsletter for all Governors
    • Governors web pages
  • Appoint School Governors as and when required or determined to include:
    • Appointment of LEA Governors
    • Appointment of additional Governors
  • The making of Instruments of Government:
    • In response to requests from Governing Boards
    • In the case of new schools
    • In the case of schools changing category
  • Appointment of temporary Governing Boards where required:
    • In the case of new schools
    • In the case of schools changing category

Interested in using our Governor Support Service? 

Please get in touch to find out more about how we can support your governing board.

Call us on 0191 424 7725 or email


Training programme

Our Governor training is:

  • Targeted at effective governance
  • Tailored to the needs of governing boards and individual governors
  • Timely through the adoption of a pro-active approach

If a Governing Board buys into the governing training service level agreement, Governors have unlimited attendance, free of any additional charge, at any training event arranged by the Council and advertised as part of the termly programme (the final decision on minimum course numbers would rest with us).

Training is offered as follows:

  • A termly training programme - Provides a range of training courses addressing topical issues in school governance
  • Training for governing bodies - To provide bespoke training for individual governing boards on request
  • Training support - Support the attendance of individual Governors at training events (conferences, workshops and courses etc) outside and within the local authority
  • Specific training - Provide specific training for particular groups or categories of Governors, e.g. new Governors, chairs

The Governor Training Programme 2020/21 will start in September 2020 and will be offered in a number of different ways based on the current guidelines for social distancing at that time. This will be reviewed on a weekly basis in order to offer you the best experience possible.

Information on the courses available, the content and how it will be provided will be emailed to all governors as they are confirmed.   

The Governing Board at Hedworth Lane Primary highly values the Governor Support Service. We work hand in hand to ensure the best possible Governance for the school. The Governor's Clerk is a highly valued member of the meetings, working with the Governing Board, creating bespoke elements to the clerking when requested. The training offered by the service, the service's ability to adapt to the needs of the school and staff professionalism at all levels is second to none. The service is led and managed exceptionally well making this a flagship team within the array of various brokered services a head teacher and Governing Board may choose to engage with. This is a service that continues to go from strength to strength

Tony Gill, Head Teacher, Hedworth Lane School

How to book training

To register your interest in attending please email or providing your name and school, or ring 0191 4247725.

Online training

We have signed up with Learning Link to provide effective and accessible governor training online.

This will allow governors to access a broad range of modules at their own pace and convenience, at no extra charge to governing boards that subscribe to the governor training service level agreement.

All of the online modules are designed to enhance the learning opportunities available for school governors.

The modules on the site have been developed as a generic approach to best practice.

These modules are not intended to replace local training and the chance to discuss issues with other governors. The online training modules are designed to let you work at your own pace, helping you to improve your skills and knowledge on key topics.

Each module will guide you through the topic, with regular activities to reinforce the learning. You will also be offered a test at the end of the module.

Some benefits of the online training are:

  • Over 50 CPD training modules
  • Eight new induction modules
  • A certificate of achievement with every module
  • Secure access - 24 hours, 7 days a week
  • Multi-device access - desktops, tablets and smartphones
  • Tracked learning - revisit content, take a break or pick up where you left off
  • A dedicated support service

If you have any questions please contact us on 0191 4247725 

You can access online training at any time at NGA: Learning Link e-learning 

Resources for governors and governing boards

You can download the policies below and adapt them for your school or use them to review policies you already have.

Director's reports:

Reports from the Corporate Director for Children, Adults and Health to school Governing Boards

School website:

Website checklist452.91KB

Model Code of Conduct and School Policies:

Model code of conduct for governing boards

A guide for governing boards:

Declarations of interest:

If you need the form emailed to you, please contact or ring 0191 4247725.

Time off from work:

Preparing for school visits:

Governor School Visits47.66KB

Jargon Buster:

National Governors' Association: Glossary

If you have any comments, questions, or if you have any policies you would like to share with other schools, please contact us on 0191 427 7725.

Governor Support Service contact information

The Governor Support Service is based in the Children, Adults and Health Directorate in the Town Hall and Civic Offices, Westoe Road, South Shields and can be contacted as follows:

Or call the team on 0191 424 7725.

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