Our current whole board training and coaching programmes

Here are a few of our popular training courses for whole governing boards.

Can't see what you want? Please get in touch as we offer many more opportunities and have delivered training on most things governance!

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Governor Induction and Understanding Core Roles

Our approach to governor induction is different from other providers.  Our programme inducts new governors into the School, and Board, working with all governors simultaneously - providing a valuable refresh for them.  This 'Top' selling programme also includes additional membership benefits. See more details here.

Course length: two hours

Course Type: Whole Board Delivery Only

Location: Face to face or online

Being STRATEGIC - not Operational!

Helping governors and headteachers to use our S.T.R.A.T.E.G.I.C. framework to ensure that governance remains strategic, leading to improved effectiveness.

These popular sessions have been delivered at NAHT conferences, as well as in individual schools.

Course length: two hours

Course Type: Whole Board Delivery Only

Location: Face to face or online

Being Appreciative - Improving Governance through an Appreciative Lens

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change!

Being Appreciative: Improving Governance through an Appreciative Lens

This course introduces governors and trustees to using asset-based approaches to problem-solving to improve governance.  We introduce the concept of Being Appreciative and look at how it can change the way you approach problem-solving and how you can use it to improve the impact of your governance.

Course length: two hours

Course Type: Whole Board Delivery Only

Location: Face to face or online

Improving challenge and being CURIOUS

Being curious is a key attribute of an effective governor.  Using our C.U.R.I.O.U.S framework, we help participants to understand how to be more curious and demanding of outcomes for children and how they can apply this to their governance.

Course length: two hours

Course Type: Whole Board Delivery Only

Location: Face to face or online

Holding Senior Leaders to Account

In this popular programme aimed at whole governing boards, governors will explore the many ways that they can monitor the school and hold senior leaders to account.  It supports governors to understand how they can break the roles down too - for individual governors, committees and whole board opportunities - creating a pluralistic board.

Course length: two hours

Course Type: Whole Board Delivery Only

Location: Face to face or online

Understanding Governance: a Guide for Middle Leaders

Helping aspiring senior leaders and future headteachers to get to grips with governance and finding practical ways for on the job training.

Course length: two hours

Course type: for Individuals or several Middle Leaders in a school

Location: Online delivery only

Practical Chairing: for Chairs of Governing Boards and Committees

Termly group coaching sessions for Chairs of Governors and Committees provide a vital space to share and overcome current challenges.   

Featuring a mix of practical training, advice, networking, and coaching

Course length: One Academic Year - minimum of three coaching sessions

Course Type: for individuals - group coaching with others

Location: Face to face or online

Parent and Staff Governor Coaching Programme

Termly group coaching sessions for parent and staff governors helping them navigate their complex roles.

Featuring a mix of practical training, advice, networking, and coaching

Course length: One Academic Year - minimum of three coaching sessions

Course Type: for individuals - group coaching with others

Location: Face-to-face or online

Here's what our lovely clients think about our approach!

"I had heard about Shaping Governance and Su’s reputation from colleagues within the region. I, therefore, wanted to work with Su to get her support in improving the governance of my school"

Ali Ashley, Headteacher, Hebden Green Community School

"Su is incredibly professional. The process has exceeded our expectations"

Marina Kelly, Catholic Senior Executive Leader, Holy Cross Catholic MAC

"The impact has been phenomenal!"

Andy Moor, CEO, Holy Family Catholic MAT

"Shaping Governance was the driver to improve the effectiveness of governance"

Sue Finch, Headteacher, Westminster Community Primary School

"Governors have become more focused on challenging and their responsibilities around holding to account"

Sarah Barlow, Headteacher, Adelaide School

"Shaping Governance is a great way for governors to learn, share and improve, and helped Create Learning Trust to get the most out of the role of local boards".

Sarah Woodward, CEO, Create Learning Trust

“It feels like some of the barriers between the individual governing bodies have melted. They now see themselves as part of one organisation: Holy Cross Catholic MAC”

Jos Parry, Holy Cross Catholic MAC