Our termly training programme is offered in a variety of locations across Devon and is available for all settings.  Boards subscribing to our service can access many courses free of charge.  Details of our courses are available to download below.

To make a booking for the Governance Consultancy Team training visit the CPD ONLINE site, please remember to login to the site with your CPD login details.  If a course is full please register as a 'reserve'; if demand is high we will offer an additional session where possible. 

An overview of all the courses on offer throughout the year can be accessed on the training pages.  The dates and venues for courses currently available to book can be downloaded below.

Training for groups of schools:
To facilitate a session for governors/trustees or clerks within a group of schools or meeting as a cluster of governing boards, please call 01392 287314 or email  to discuss your requirements.
In House Training:
In addition to our core training package we often visit schools to offer an in-house session, for example, on the governing board's role and responsibilities or to help undertake a self-evaluation or visioning exercise. For more information and for details of the cost please email

Popular in-house sessions include:

  • Ofsted - expectations of governance
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Securing a strategic vision
  • Governors and trustees monitoring role in school improvement
  • Understanding data
  • Managing parental complaints
  • Federation development
  • Becoming an academy - what governors need to know.

The Board - Leading and Owning School Leadership

A half-day (or evening) session for individual boards to explore how they take the lead on drawing together key information and context in order to deliver the best outcomes for children and young people.

This face-to-face session will explore how the strategic plan is developed, delivered, monitored and evaluated, with time for governors or trustees to reflect on current practice identify barriers and consider next steps. This session is equally appropriate for stand-alone schools and those working together within a federation or multi-academy trust.

  • Facilitated in-house session working with the whole board which can include senior school leaders, in order to build and strengthen co-leadership
  • All members agree and sign up to an improved way of working
  • Focuses on your school and your strategy
  • Allows all leaders to develop a shared understanding of the different roles in leadership and strategy
  • Enhances ownership and engagement in strategic planning.

The cost for this session is £364+VAT.  Further information is available from the Governance Consultancy Team.

The Professional Clerk Programme

The Professional Clerk Programme

A Department for Education funded development programme for clerks to school and academy governance boards. If you’re a clerk with several months’ experience or more, we’ll help you develop the specialist skills and knowledge to carry out your role confidently and effectively.

  • Improve how you work, and the quality of governance at your school
  • Study alongside other clerks and support each other during and after the training
  • Provide valuable evidence for Ofsted of the competence of your governing board.

What topics are covered?

The programme is closely aligned to the DfE’s Clerking Competency Framework:

  1. Understanding governance - for clarity about the duties and responsibilities of the board, and relevant legislation and procedures
  2. Administration - for high quality forward planning, efficient paperwork, processes and record keeping
  3. Advice and guidance - for better and efficient decision making, with a clear focus on the board’s strategic functions
  4. People and relationships - to build strong and effective working relationships, ensuring a smooth flow of information between members of the board and beyond.

How is the training delivered?

Our highly interactive and enjoyable programme offers blended learning with both face-to-face workshops and online support:

  • Two half day face-to-face workshops led by an experienced facilitator
  • Online support and interactive development activities.

You will learn from practical exercises, facilitated discussions, real-life case studies, and through sharing experiences with other clerks. You’ll be supported by an expert facilitator who will provide guidance, feedback and encouragement, both in the workshops and online.

You’ll carry out a self-assessment of your own strengths and areas for development. You’ll review progress against your action plan at key points in the programme to identify the relevant support and development activities you need to extend your learning.

Most clerks complete the training in one to two terms. The full cost of the programme is £400, the DfE will fund £350 per clerk, meaning the school will need to contribute £50.00. Clerks who have undertaken the National College of Teaching and Leardership Clerks Development Programme within the previous 12 months are not currently eligible for further funding.

We are currently offering the following cohorts: 

The summer term cohorts are all fully subscribed.

For the autumn term 2019 face to face sessions are being held on Tuesday 24 September and Tuesday 12 November from 09.30 - 13.00 at a Devon venue (venue awaiting confirmation).  Delegates must be able to attend both sessions.

For the autumn term 2019 face to face sessions are being held on Thursday 26 September and Thursday 14 November from 09.30 - 13.00 at Wells City Football Club, Somerset.  Delegates must be able to attend both sessions.

The licence for the programme is held by Hampshire County Council, who will provide the materials, but we are delighted to be partnering with them to make this course available for clerks in our region.  We will deliver the workshops and will also provide the online and telephone support for the activities which you will undertake between the face-to-face units.  The blended learning programme is delivered through two 3 ½ hour workshops, with self-paced activities carried out online before and after each one.  The course is very interactive, with plenty of opportunity to share activities with other clerks on the course and build up a network of peers for the future.  It is expected that overall you would need to allow approximately 20 hours for the programme from start to finish (including the face-to-face sessions).

How to book

For further information, to reserve a place on the course and to apply for funding please visit the Hampshire Governor Services website, and book for one of the Devon or Somerset courses

If there is sufficient interest within a geographical location we are happy to offer this course at additional venues across the southwest.  Please contact



Course Dates Summer 2019

Course Description Summer 2019

Course Dates Autumn 2019

Course Description Autumn 2019

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