Useful Links

Please find below our useful links section where links are organised into the following categories:-

General education sites
Sites specifically for governors
Online Learning
Governor intranet facilities
Governance in and beyond schools
Really interesting sites

General education sites

DfE (Department for Education)
Established by the new Coalition Government, the website is the central source of information on education policy. There is a section specifically for governors within “Leadership and Governance”

Here you will find inspection reports on schools, the framework for Inspection and evaluation schedule.

The Freedom and Autonomy for Schools National Association site offers training and advice for governors of Academy and Free schools.

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Sites specifically for governors

Newport Educational
Run by highly regarded ex-Local Authority experts in governance, Newport offers training, support and a thought-provoking blog. Newport seeks to work in partnership with LA governor Services, helping to raise standards of governance and education.

The National Governors' Association is the representative body for school governors in England. The National Governors' Association (NGA) is the only independent organisation that represents school governors in England. There are over 300,000 school governors; one of the largest volunteer groups in the UK. Our aim is to improve the well-being of children and young people by promoting high standards in all our schools, and improving the effectiveness of their governing bodies.

Information for School and College Governors provides practical advice, impartial and up-to-date information on independent appeals for both school admissions and exclusions and for all matters concerning school governance. We provide an Independent Appeals Service for admission appeals.

Free, confidential advice, information and support to School Governors, clerks and individuals involved directly in the governance of maintained schools in England. Call us free on 08000 722 181 from Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m., or from 11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. on weekends and public holidays. A TextPhone facility is also available.

The School Governors’ One-Stop Shop (SGOSS) is an independent charity dedicated to recruiting volunteers to serve on school governing bodies across England. Our services are free to volunteers, employers, schools and Local Authorities. This website aims to show you what being a governor involves, the need in your area and how you can apply.

Adamson books
Information for School Governors, Headteachers and Support Staff: The supply of up-to-date and reliable information is crucial for those involved in governing or managing our schools and for those working in them. But finding what you need to know to perform your job well can be frustrating and time-consuming. This has never been more so than in this time of political change. Our aim is to help you with reliable information and independent advice that is targeted to your needs, is concise and is easy to use.

Clerk to Governors
This is a bank of articles, extracts, links and resources for governors, clerks and anyone with an interest in school governance, to save you time and keep you up to date.

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Online learning

Modern Governor
Modern Governor is a product within the Learning Pool portfolio that seeks to address this need. It is designed to help School Governors develop their skills through e-learning at a time, place and pace that suits their needs. Improving the governance of our schools is a key ambition for all of us, not least in a political environment where fiscal tightening is a serious and ongoing issue.  Doing more with less is a practical reality for schools and in particular the ability to demonstrate return on investment is an essential.

Governors E-Learning (GEL) is a collaborative approach to governor training.  Our aim is to provide effective and accessible training online, enabling governors to access a broad range of modules at their own pace and convenience.  All of the GEL online modules are designed to enhance the learning opportunities available for school governors.

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Governor intranet facilities

Governors Virtual Office
Governors Virtual Office is a web-based tool designed specifically for school Governing Bodies. Governors Virtual Office helps improve access to key information for Governors; assists the work of the Clerk; and provides process workflows to help Governors fulfil routine tasks more efficiently. Governors Virtual Office helps Governors keep up to date with what's going on in their school and reduces the amount of meeting time that is spent in providing regular updates. With better information and more time Governors can focus better on fulfilling their core roles of setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and evaluating school performance.

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Governance in and beyond schools

National Co-ordinators of Governor Services is the national committee representing local authority providers of services to school governors. The website contains many useful downloadable resources and materials for governors as well as COGS.

Office for Public Management
An independent centre for the development of public services: improvement, leadership development and research.

Centre for Public Scrutiny
The Centre for Public Scrutiny promotes the value of scrutiny and accountability in modern and effective government and supports non-executives in their scrutiny role.

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Really interesting sites

National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER)
Website of National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) which does what it says on the tin. A very useful sub-site - EMIE - collects a wide range of documents for sharing between local authorities and others interested in education.

David Wolfe
In England (not Scotland or Wales) people are finding that their local school wants to become an 'academy' or someone is proposing to set up a 'free school' in the area. Or they are unhappy about what an academy or (from September 2011) a free school is doing or not doing. They want to know where they stand 'in law'. This blog is for anyone concerned about academies or free schools, and the law.

Local Schools Network
Fiona Millar, Francis Gilbert, Melissa Benn and Henry Stewart are the founders of Local Schools Network. They believe that:
1.Every child has a right to go to an excellent local state school, enabling every child to achieve their full potential.
2.Every state school should have a fair admissions procedure.
3.Every local school should be responsive to their parents and pupils needs and wishes and be accountable to the local community.
4.That local schools in difficulties should be supported to improve, not attacked and demoralised.
The Local Schools Network promotes local state schools in the UK. This website aims to correct the myths and lies that are spread about local state schools. Its aim is to promote the cause of local state schools by celebrating their achievements, informing the public about key issues surrounding them, campaigning for further improvements and answering questions that people may have about them. This website is also a good way for groups, families and individuals around the country to keep in touch.

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