Induction for new governors and clerks

School induction

On appointment, the chair of governors should contact you to arrange to meet at the school and start a school-based induction programme. You should be able to meet key people and find out about the school's main priorities. Many governing bodies assign new governors with an experienced governor as a mentor, who can explain how the governing body works and be there if you have any questions.

Induction training for new governors and clerks

The Department for Education's Governance Handbook, updated April 2017, states that governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Our induction programme focuses on these areas so that governors will be confident to carry out their main roles and responsibilities effectively. The programme is also useful for new clerks so they are able to advise their governing bodies on effective governance. The programme is updated each term and consists of two modules, which focus on the aspects you must be aware of as you start out. Sessions are on various days and times of the week throughout the year, so we hope this will be accessible to everyone. Further details can be viewed on 'BEEM'.  Go to Training & Events > Provider > Governor Support > Search.

It is important that all governors are aware of their roles and responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and child protection, so we now run a separate course aimed at new governors, which we would recommend that you attend during your first year as a governor. Details can also be found via the above page.

Useful reading

The Governor Support Team purchases a copy of ‘Welcome to Governance’ by the National Governors’ Association for each new governor. This is sent to your school via the council courier. If you haven't received it please contact or telephone 01273 293511.

Finding out about schools in Brighton & Hove

Schools work in partnership to learn from each other and to give all children in the city the best start in life. Some governing bodies also work together so it is worth finding out who your school has links with, which could be schools in the same geographical area or with a similar phase group. There is more information about schools on the council website, including contact information, admissions procedures, school meals, school term dates etc.

Finding out about the council

It is useful to know about council decisions that may affect your school. The councillors and committees pages will give you information about your local councillors and how decisions are made.