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School and trust governance development

"Boards must be ambitious for all children and young people and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes."

DfE Governance Handbook (2019)

Bradford Teaching School Hub has a number of offers for schools and trusts, including workshops, funded programmes and self-study materials.

Governance in Practice units

Exceed Institute has developed self- or group-study resources to support local advisory boards and trust boards to develop effective governance. The Governance in Practice units are practical guidance and include additional resources. These units can be downloaded from the bottom of this page.

External Review of Governance (ERG)

Star Academies and Bradford Birth to 19 Teaching School Alliance offer additional support for schools and their governing bodies, funded by the Bradford Opportunity Area.

Strong governance is a crucial. This is why the Department for Education is funding professional development for governors, and why the Opportunity Area is investing further to support effective school governance.

The offer to schools

Each school supported by the Opportunity Area’s school improvement programme is eligible for a funded External Review of Governance (ERGs). 
ERGs will be led by trained school leaders and governors from Bradford, with experience in improving school governance in all phases. ERGs are available for both maintained schools and academies. For academies, the review will be tailored to your school’s scheme of delegation.

This supportive process is led by the Bradford Birth to 19 Teaching School working alongside Star Institute, Alliance and the Confederation of School Trusts.  

What will the process look like?

The reviews will involve the Headteacher and Chair of Governor, working with the Headteacher and Chair from another Bradford school. You will be matched with another school with experience of your school phase and maintained/academy status. The review will typically comprise:
•    An initial meeting with you, your Chair and your Clerk
•    A review of Governing Body paperwork, including minutes
•    Observing a meeting of your Full Governing Body
•    A survey of Governors and other relevant staff
•    A report being provided, to be shared with your school (and Trust, if appropriate)

Schools and academies can find out more and express an interest in taking part in an ERG, by emailing Christian Bunting, Director, Bradford Birth to 19 Teaching School on