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

Governor training

New courses will be accessed through the LGSS iLearn portal. In order to do so delegates will need to create an individual account that will allow them to take control of their own learning development.


Our model safeguarding policy has been developed from good practice examples and includes reference to safeguarding arrangements in Northamptonshire.

Our model safeguarding policy is in accordance withFile Download - Keeping Children Safe in Education - for Schools and Colleges 2019 (PDF 797KB)Keeping children safe in education - for schools and colleges 2019 (PDF 797KB) and File Download - Working Together July 2018 (PDF KB).Working Together July 2018 (PDF 2.22MB).

Other associated documents are:


Inspiring Governance

Inspiring Governance connects skilled volunteers interested in serving as School Governors and Trustees with schools in England. It also provides free, expert support for volunteers and governing bodies, as well as for employers wanting to run programmes for their staff serving as School Governors or Trustees. The service is completely free and funded by the Department for Education.

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 using

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Concerns and complaints

Please see the 'Best practice guidance for school complaints procedures 2019' issued by the DfE.

Supporting websites

There is a wealth of advice and information available for school governors on these two national websites:

Chair of governors

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.

Are you a new chair of governors?

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

Resources for chairs of governors