Department for Schools

Governance training


“Although they are not in schools every day, behind the scenes school governors provide invaluable support to our schools, so that they may continue to offer the academic, spiritual, moral and religious education to all. These parishioners volunteer their time as governors to promote and protect the Catholic ethos of our schools. They provide a further active link between our schools and the parishes they serve, and we are all grateful for all that they do .”

Archbishop McMahon


Download the flyer: Governance Training 2016-17 


1. Thinking about becoming a governor?

  • Sat 1st October from 9.45 -10.45 am at the Discovery Centre, Portsmouth
  • Sat 8th October 10.00 - 11.00am at St Joseph’s Church, Basingstoke

A chance for those considering this role to meet current governors and explore the duties and responsibilities involved. 


2. Termly briefings


Autumn Term 2016: 


Briefings are held termly and offer governors a chance to meet colleagues and discuss issues of common concern.

The briefings are a short introduction to help governors keep up-to-date with the changes in the fast changing educational world.

  • Mon 10th October from 6.30 - 8pm at English Martyrs Primary School, Reading
  • Tues 11th October from 6.30 - 8pm at St Peter’s Primary School, Winchester
  • Thurs 13th October from 6.30 - 8pm at St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School, Newport IoW

 Issues of governance and compliance are likely to include:

  • Admissions Code
  • Appointments to senior positions
  • Curriculum changes
  • Finance
  • Ofsted
  • Recruitment
  • Safeguarding
  • Useful resources

but are revised every term to meet the needs of governors.



3. Induction for new governors


Sessions are held termly.


Autumn Term 2016:


  • Thurs 29th September from 6pm - 8pm at St Swithun Wells Primary School, Chandlers Ford
  • Mon 3rd October from 6pm – 8pm at St Paul’s Primary School, Tilehurst
  • Thurs 6th October from 6pm – 8pm at Christ the King College, Newport IOW

 Topics covered include:

  • Why the Church provides Catholic schools;
  • Background information, including the roles of the Bishop and Trustees;
  • The ethos of a Catholic school;
  • The roles and responsibilities of governors, particularly foundation governors;
  • Governors and the headteacher;
  • Appointment of staff, admission of pupils, premises;
  • Information on religious education and school worship;
  • The inspection of Catholic schools;
  • The role of the diocese in supporting governors;
  • Useful resources.


4. Training for new chairs of governors


  • Sat 22nd October 10.30am - 12.00pm, Holy Cross Church Hall, Eastleigh

 Topics covered include:

  • The role of the chair;
  • Absence of the headteacher;
  • Admissions;
  • Appointment of foundation governors;
  • Appointment of staff including senior leaders;
  • Buildings;
  • Complaints;
  • Curriculum RE, SRE;
  • Drawing up a code of conduct for governors;
  • HR matters;
  • Performance management;
  • Relationships with the headteacher;
  • Relationships with the parish priest;
  • Section 48 inspections - validation;
  • Suspension, disqualification or removal of a governor;
  • Where to find support.

 New chairs will be able to talk to experienced chairs. 


 The cost of the training listed in this brochure is covered by schools’ service level agreements with the department and no extra charge is made.


Training courses for whole governing bodies are available on request and topics covered can be found on the brochure: ‘Training Courses for Governing Bodies 2016-17’ which is available on the diocesan website at:  



“If our schools are not a space where another humanity is being created, where another wisdom is taking root, where another society is being created, where hope and transcendence have a place, then we are losing out on making a unique contribution

to this historical moment.”

 Pope Francis












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