The purpose of governance is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.

All boards, no matter what type of schools or how many schools they govern, have three core functions:

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

Governance Handbook
DFE, March 2019


The Learners First professional development programme provides a range of opportunities for governors, members and trustees to develop their knowledge and skills and to discuss and share practice, aligned to the three core functions as set out by the DFE in the Governance Handbook. Details of the programme for the academic year 2019/20 will be published over the summer and will include areas outlined below.


Governor & Leadership Briefing : Ofsted 2019: How Governance Will Be Inspected

Wednesday, 06th November 2019

3.30pm – 5.00pm (Arrival and Registration from 3.15pm)

Venue: The Source Skills Academy
Meadowhall, Sheffield S9 1EA

This briefing session will consider how governance will be inspected in the new Ofsted framework and how The Key can help school leaders and governors better prepare for this, including what the role of governors will be on inspection day. The briefing session will focus on the use of the ‘Know Your School: A Checklist’ for governors with dedicated time in the session for school leaders and governors to work on completing this together for their own setting. The briefing will include references to:

  • How governance is inspected as part of ‘leadership and management’
  • What inspectors are looking for
  • Evidence inspectors will use
  • Governors’ role on inspection day
  • How governance is inspected if you’re in a MAT
  • Grade descriptors

Cost: Fully funded for delegates from schools and academies subscribing to Learners First.
(£100 per person for delegates from non-subscribing schools and academies.)

Audience: Headteachers, Executive Heads, CEOs and Governors (of schools and academies)

BOOK A PLACE: To reserve a place please email your name, school and contact details to: