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Governors Skills and Training

Governors do not need specific skills, but many of the tasks they are required to undertake can benefit from general business knowledge such as understanding management systems, budget planning and HR functions.

 

Local authorities are required to ensure that training for governors is available and most governing bodies buy into their local authority training packages (which may include online learning) to ensure that governors are properly inducted to their role and trained for specific tasks such as appointing the Headteacher and then carrying out the head teacher's performance review. In addition a number of other training opportunities are available through a range of providers including Teachers TV which broadcasts programs specifically aimed at governors.

 

Many governing bodies also belong to a local independent governor association, and join the national representative body, the National Governors’ Association. It is often through these channels that governors develop their knowledge of wider issues affecting schools.

 

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