Training for Governors

Reconstitution of Governing Bodies

Help for governing bodies who have yet to reconstitute under the 2012 regulations. This needs to be done before September 2015.

Reconstitation Briefing presentation  
Reconstitution Briefing Q&A  
Reconstitution - Sample wording for resolutions
Effective governance for good schools: 20 questions for governing bodies  
Model Instrument of government – voluntary aided school  
Model Instrument of government – voluntary controlled school

Taking the Chair

Governor Training Role of Chair - Powerpoint

A set of guidance documents from the Diocese of Manchester on chairing the Governing Body.

The Board of Education organises courses for all types of governors. These courses are generally held at Church House, Manchester. In addition officers are happy to respond to the training needs of individual schools or groups of schools and will come to a suitable local venue to deliver training.

Courses offered locally have included The Strategic Role of Governors; Monitoring and Supported Self-Review. Officers have also been able to assist schools in preparation for SIAMS inspections with an ‘Ethos Health Check’.

Officers are available to consult on a wide range of issues including personnel matters, buildings, admissions and appeals and any other area of concern.

Training courses and consultancy are free to schools that have subscribed to the diocesan Service Level Agreement. Charges will be made to all other schools for individual items. Course dates may be found in the Events section.

Please consult in the first instance: Helen Tyler.


Supported Self Review

Effective Governing Bodies make successful Church Schools is a comprehensive supported review of Governing Body working practices in Church of England Schools.

It aims to provide an evaluation process which will impact on the role of the governing body within the school. It enables governors to gain an accurate picture of the major strengths of the school, areas for some development and any which are a priority for development. It will also help in the completion and updating of the School Evaluation Form (SEF).

The National Society also publishes a ‘toolkit’ to help schools undertake self-review. This is particularly helpful in preparing for Section 48 SIAS inspections.

Online Training

The northern dioceses have cooperated with Modern Governor to create two new training modules for governors. These are offered free of charge to governors in our schools. Additional modules are available but these will incur charges.

How do I access modern governor e-learning modules? 
1. Go to  
2. On the blue login box, click on ‘create new account’ and follow the on-screen instructions, (you must have a valid email address). Where it asks for your LEA please select the Diocese of Manchester; you will then be able to select your school.
3. The system will send you an automated email – click on the embedded link to confirm your registration.
4. Enter your username and password in the boxes provided and click ‘log in’. Access to the church school module and the introductory module will be free for our schools.