Training and Networking

We provide effective whole-board training - allowing Governors to learn and improve on the job

We provide tailored and off-the-shelf training for all types of schools and governing boards.  We specialise in breaking things down and to bridge the gap between theory and practice to help you drive results and learn from insight into the 'how' to do things the best way.  How do we know? We work with 100s of schools every year and have a bank of excellent examples of what works.

Our training packages focus on:

  • The DfEs Governance Guides, which replace the Governance Handbook, Competency Frameworks and Role Descriptors, which have all been withdrawn:

  • The Ofsted Inspection Framework

  • Other important aspects such as Safeguarding

  • We also are experts in Appreciative Inquiry - an asset-based approach to growing the good.  We find that this programme helps governors to take a 'glass half full' approach to problem-solving - and let's face it, we could all do with a bit of help in tackling taking the problems facing schools at the moment.  We've even written a brief guide on how your governing board can change the conversation.

We also provide support and training for middle and senior leaders, as well as clerks and governance professionals.

"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