Training and Development

What do we offer?

A comprehensive range of courses held centrally Gun Wharf in Chatham Kent.  These sessions, which are focussed on the needs of school governors and trustees include

  • Trustee and governor induction sessions
  • Understanding performance data
  • Effective visiting 
  • Leading and managing change
  • Asking great questions
  • Preparation for inspection
  • Safer recruitment 
  • Exclusion appeals
  • Performance management
  • Handling concerns and complaints
  • Robust financial oversight
  • Trustee and governor role in improvement planning
  • Trustee and governor role in staff management
  • Equality and diversity
  • Freedom of information and data protection

Check out our 2017/2018 programme below.  Attendance at any session is included as part of a leadership development subscription or at £125 on a course by course basis.

Any of our central sessions can be adapted to bespoke sessions for individual organisations both inside and outside the education sector and we are happy to develop a session on any aspect of governance to meet your needs. An individually tailored piece of development costs from £280

For more information or to make a booking call us on 01634 957782 or drop us a line at 

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Online training platform 

Events September 2017 -August 2018

Unless otherwise stated all sessions are held at Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham ME4 4TR.  

There is plentiful free parking and to facilitate a prompt start refreshments are available 30 minutes before the stated start time.   

Governors and trustees with access to GovernorHub should book via the training page.  Governors and Trustees who do not have access to GovernorHub should contact us at to make their booking. 

No upcoming events.

What our delegates say

Asking great questions

"Everything was brilliant - Caroline knows here subject inside out and made me feel I could start asking these challenging questions.  We are really concerned about the data in our school and this has been so helpful - especially the termly question crib sheets!"

Safer Recruitment

"A very useful session, which will give me the confidence to recruit if I need to and to challenge the school on its recruitment practices"  Anne had obviously worked hard at compressing a much longer course into content that would be relevant for Governors, and as ever was happy to answer our questions!

Using the primary sports premium

"Great information to update knowledge and raise awareness of accountability. Motivating and well structured. James was very interesting and inspirational. Good resources too!"

Are you ready for Ofsted?

"I really enjoyed the training session. I managed to obtain vital information regarding an OFSTED inspection and would like to express my thanks to Lee Round who did an amazing job!"

Triangulating the quality of teaching

"Please pass on my thanks to Hillary for an informative session, plenty of opportunity for discussion and reflection, and useful handouts, which I will be able to use to modify our practice in effectively holding our school leaders to account.

Academy Finance -beyond the basics

"I found the session very useful, it was good to have a real sample set of accounts to work with, and Phil was a knowledgeable and enthusiastic trainer." 

Annual Subscription

An all inclusive annual subscription starts at just £595

This includes: 

  • Unlimited face to face training from our published programme at our venue in Chatham Kent 
  • Unlimited bespoke governing board training subject to trainer availability and minimum attendance of twelve governors /trustees or  the entirety of your governing board membership, whichever is the fewer.  Additional travel charges apply where venues are more than 30 minutes from our office
  • Free places at a minimum of one conference event per year 
  • Full use of GovernorHub virtual office including a vast range of templates, good practice resources, and guidance 
  • Access to a range of curated and original webinars, videos and podcasts 
  • An optional review of governance during your first year and every third year thereafter 
  • Pre-Ofsted confidence coaching 
  • Support with governor recruitment. 
  • Email, telephone, Skype and where appropriate face to face support and consultancy 


Contact Us

Drop us a line!


The Innovation Centre, Maidstone Road, Bluebell Hill, Kent ME5 9QP

01634 957782