Support and resources for governors

We have a governor support team who can support schools to:

  • Fulfil the local authority's statutory responsibilities with regard to school governance by ensuring all local authority maintained school governors have access to information required.
  • Support governors in a proactive manner which reduces the number of schools requiring an Ofsted grade of improvement or inadequate.
  • Organise events and activities such as workshops and conferences to enhance training, share best practice and provide networking opportunities with other governors.

Resources for governors


Our model safeguarding policy has been developed from good practice examples and includes reference to safeguarding arrangements in Northamptonshire. Find out further information on our safeguarding in education webpage.

Resources on the GOV.UK website may also be useful:

Useful resources and documents

To find out what Governing Boards should expect from school leaders and what school leaders should expect from governing boards visit the National Governance Association website.

Governor skills audit

No single governor can be expected to have all of the knowledge and skills that are required by the governing board. Governing boards should undertake a skills audit to identify which governors have appropriate knowledge and expertise and where the governing board needs to provide training and development to its governors.

The National Governance Association (NGA) have a skills audit template that can be used by Governing boards.

Concerns and complaints

All schools are responsible for having a complaints process for which the governing body are responsible for overseeing. Please see the guidance issued by the DfE:

Local Offer

The Local Offer is a website that provides information about the support, services and provision that is available in Northamptonshire for children with special educational needs and disabilities. It is designed to be used by parents and professionals and provides a wealth of local information.

At the recent Local Area inspection of how Northamptonshire has implemented the reforms to the Children and Families Act in relation to the SEND Code of Practice, the Local Offer was reported as:



The local offer is easily accessible to stakeholders. It is comprehensive, informative and straightforward to navigate, and has an active social media profile.

- Ofsted, May 2017

Governor support newsletter

The Governor Support Newsletter updates governors on current developments locally and nationally.

If you wish to subscribe to the Governor support newsletter please contact Governor services by emailing:

Reconstitution guides

Chair of governors

Being a chair of governors is a key role in the leadership and management of schools. To be effective, chairs need a good understanding of the role and its responsibilities so that your school gains maximum benefit from the work that you do.

An effective chair of governors:

  • works with the headteacher to promote and maintain high standards of educational achievement
  • ensures that the governing body sets a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school
  • with the governing body holds the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and for the performance management of staff
  • ensures oversight of the financial performance of the school and effective use of the schools resources

Chairs of governors have no special power to take decisions on behalf of governors unless there has been a resolution of the whole governing body to delegate a specific authority.

However, under The School Governance (Roles, Procedures & Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013; p.8 it states that "the Chair is permitted to act in cases of urgency where a delay in exercising the function would be likely to be seriously detrimental to the interests of the school, a pupil or parent or member of staff"

Are you a new chair of governors?

Please ensure that we have your details by contacting us via your clerk or by emailing: 

Resources for chairs of governors