School Governance Improvement Service

From 1st April 2018, Learn Sheffield is responsible for the School Governance Improvement Service. The service, which was previously delivered by Sheffield City Council, aims to support school governing boards and trusts to ensure that all schools and academies have high quality governance to provide effective oversight of our schools.

The service works closely with the Learn Sheffield School Improvement Team to work in a joined-up way to ensure we’re as effective as possible in helping schools to improve. This includes:

  • High quality advice and guidance for governors and trustees, including chairs and vice chairs, drawing on the expertise of our local team and also through our partnership with national expert bodies
  • Access to resources, regular briefings and newsletters to ensure that governors and trustees are kept up to date on key issues and new developments in the world of school and academy governance
  • A comprehensive, relevant and high standard training and development programme for schools, including training courses, seminars, briefings and an annual governance conference
  • Support for governor recruitment to help governing boards and trusts recruit members with the skills to make a difference in your school
  • A governors’ professional clerking service to help governing boards and trusts be more effective
  • Access to Governor Hub, a well-established online service to help governing boards keep accurate records and to ensure secure and efficient communications around all aspects of the work of the governing board or trust

To subscribe to the service, please contact the service team on 0114 250 7417, or click the button below.

The service offers a range of support packages to governing boards and trusts. The individual packages are as follows:

Basic package

Access to advice and guidance service desk (telephone and email support), model documentation and policies, guidance on governing board procedures, support with governor and trustee recruitment. This package also includes access to Governor Hub (basic version), which helps you to maintain records of your board. We provide discounted prices for the Governor Hub enhanced version.

Enhanced package

This package includes all the elements included in the basic package and also includes support for governing board and trust meetings, including preparation of agendas, circulation of papers, professional clerking service for three meetings per year and additional clerking at preferential rates.

Ad hoc clerking

On-demand clerking services for additional meetings – committees, special board or trustee meetings or meetings convened under governor procedures (e.g. pupil exclusion, staff disciplinary).

Bespoke packages: We can put together bespoke packages for schools to meet your requirements. Please contact us and we'll work with you to design a package to suit you.

The governance training and development programme is now included in the Learn Sheffield Subscription Offer – see the Governance Training page of this website for details.

To contact the team

About the team

The members of the governance improvement service team are:

  • Andy Wynne – Learn Sheffield Operations Director and Head of Governance Improvement Service
  • Andrew Bingham – Senior Governance Officer
  • Tracey Harrison – Governance Officer
  • Rebecca Oxley – Governance Office
  • Jane Smith – Governance Officer