Service Details

Governance and Leadership Service (GLS)

A good governing board for every education establishment


Governing boards are the key strategic decision makers and vision setters in education establishments. They are also a key part of the overall system for education accountability. More than ever governing boards have a vital role to play in driving up pupil and student performance and ensuring that resources are used well to give every child/young person the best possible education.

Our ambition is that all our clients have a good governing board. This can be achieved by governors and trustees accessing good quality training and professional development.

Governing boards need to be supported by an independent professional clerk. This group of skilled people need continuous professional development, regular updates, briefings, advice and support, to help them in their pivotal role. GLS can assist with this.

What we do:
  • Provide up to date, focussed programmes of training and development for governors/trustees and governing boards to help raise standards in Norfolk education establishments
  • Equip governors/trustees with skills and knowledge to be effective in their role
  • Offer support, advice, guidance and information in various ways to meet governors/trustees’ needs
  • Support recruitment and appointment of governors/trustees with the right skills
  • Provide a set of products to support the continuous professional development of governors/trustees
  • Provide a professional clerking service to support governing boards

As a client you will have access to:
  • A responsive proactive service, flexible to meet your expectations
  • Competitively priced products providing good value for money to your organisation
  • An established market leader offering excellence in meeting customer needs


  • Competent and confident governors/trustees who are well informed and up to date
  • Strong governance contributing to the overall effectiveness of leadership and management
  • Clarity of understanding of the role of governing boards in educational improvement
  • Increased awareness of governing boards’ accountability
  • Both National and Local perspective on governance
  • Equipping governors with the skills and knowledge to be effective in their role
  • A well informed governing board providing strong leadership vision, and direction
  • Effective governance supporting stronger Ofsted outcomes
  • Measurable improvement in school achievement through improved accountability
  • Improved school financial performance

More Details

Governance and Leadership Service annual support package includes:
  • Unlimited training on all our centrally run training sessions as detailed in our training brochure
  • Focussed programmes of training and development for governors/trustees, governing boards and headteachers
  • Workshops, briefings and training seminars for chairs of governors and clerks
  • Governance Advice line – staffed 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday all year round (excluding public holidays)
  • Governor/Trustee recruitment – advice and support
  • School Partnerships, Federations and Academisation – advice and support for governing boards considering these structural solutions
  • Unlimited access to GovernorHub our electronic platform to aid the smooth running of your board

Governance and Leadership Clerking Service

We can provide clerks to cover a variety of circumstances including:
  • Full governing board meetings, as a package of meetings or on an ad hoc basis
  • Committee meetings, as a package of meetings or on an ad hoc basis
  • Pupil exclusion panels
  • Staff disciplinary hearings
  • Complaints’ panels

The additional benefit of securing a clerk via our service is we provide the administrative, recruitment, training and payroll functions for our clerks, so you don’t have to.

Contact Details

Telephone Advice Line: 01603 303355
Telephone Training Line: 01603 303359

Clerking Service Line: 01603 303361