Services We Offer

Training and Advisory Service 

We offer a comprehensive training programme and advisory support service for governors. Helping governors to shape the vision and direction of the school, acting as a critical friend, providing challenge to the senior leaders and by holding stakeholders to account for the performance of the school. Evidence from Ofsted Inspections suggests that governing bodies that have prepared themselves thoroughly, supported by governor training and development, secure a better grade for governance compared to those that have not. We strongly recommend all governors to attend regular training to improve their effectiveness in the role and to keep abreast of developments that may affect their school and their role as a governor.

Our new training programme has been designed to equip governors with the right skill set and to understand their roles and responsibilities. Training includes: face-to-face, e-learning, central and
cluster training. We also offer Clerks and bespoke ‘in school’ training.


Clerking Service

High quality professional clerking is crucial to the effective functioning of a governing body. A Clerks role is not only to be well organised and conduct the administrative tasks, but more importantly advise the governing body on legal compliance, help governors understand their role, functions and legal duties. Different governing bodies require different time commitments and involvement from their Clerk.

We provide a clerking service that is tailored specially to your governing body’s needs. We provide expert and professional clerking to contribute to the effectiveness of your governing body.

External Review of Governance

An external review can be a powerful means of embedding good practice across a governing body as well as identifying areas for development which could further enhance a governing body’s effectiveness and impact. Our approach to external reviews is aligned to the Ofsted’s expectations of school governance.
The approach also aligns with the newly published Competency Framework for Governance published by the Department for education.

The review will be tailored to the needs of the school and will involve on site discussions with the Head teacher, the Chair, the Clerk and governors. There will be an assessment of previous minutes and statutory compliance with governance regulations. The final report, once agreed, will be presented to the governing body and the Governor Support Team will support in the development of an action plan arising from the recommendations of the review.

The process will result in some clear evidence based recommendations and also provides strong evidence of the governing bodies focus on self-evaluation.

Walsall Governor Support Services – Summary Sheet 2017-18