The education of our children is one of the essential things in life.  We know from the Marmot Review into Health Inequalities that 'giving every child the best start in life' is crucial. Our work supports the hidden but vitally important aspect of education; governance.

Governance is a key part of the leadership and management of schools and education establishments.  Getting governance right contributes to better outcomes for children.

Our work with the education sector spans all settings and phases.  We work with schools, multi-academy trusts, further education establishments and the policymakers themselves, the Department for Education, to support better governance and better outcomes.

We improve governance from all angles: Governance Structures, Recruitment, Training and Networking, Coaching and Mentoring, Clerking, External Reviews of Governance and Self-Reviews using our proven Shaping Governance framework.

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We support 100s schools every year to improve their governance. Our work is proven to improve the impact and effectiveness of governance.

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Governing in groups of schools is complex.  We help MATs and MACs to improve all layers of governance, starting with having the right inclusive structure.

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We have a solid track record of working with Special Schools helping governors to understand their roles and responsibilities for education and residential care.

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Like all schools, Independent schools benefit from good governance.  Our services support governors and proprietors to improve governance and the school.

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We work with 6th Forms, Colleges and Further Education establishments to improve governance and outcomes as young people progress into adulthood.

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We work regionally and nationally to lead topical debates; create new governance frameworks for the DfE, and review the effectiveness of governing boards. We also work with the Local Government Association and have run training sessions for the NAHT

Child Centred Governance

Our speciality!  We all become school governors for a reason, but the absolute best reason is to improve outcomes for Children.  We help you to embed the voice of the child in your monitoring.

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"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

How we can help:

Shaping Governance - External Reviews and Governance Improvement:

  • An all-in-one training, reflection, benchmarking and improvement framework for schools and multi-academy trusts;

Shaping Governance - Training and Networking:

  • Bespoke packages for governing boards on all matters of governance;

Shaping Governance - Clerking Services:

  • Clerking and Governance Professional services to governing boards in schools and academy trusts;

Shaping Governance - Coaching and Mentoring:

  • Qualified Executive Coaching and Mentoring for new governors, Chairs of boards and Headteachers;

Shaping Governance - Governor Recruitment:

  • Recruiting governors for schools and our grow-your-own offer for Multi-Academy Trusts.

Here are just a few of the benefits and outcomes of working with us!

(as described by those we have worked with)

We'd love to hear from you.  Use the form below to get in touch and find out more