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Support for Governors

Governance of a school is crucial to its overall effectiveness. We have pulled together a list of support networks for local governors.

Barnsley Alliance Board Governor Development Opportunities

Barnsley Schools Alliance offers several Governor training opportunities, please click on the link to view upcoming events, to book places on the sessions email

Barnsley Governors Association

The BGA is an independent democratic, non-political association of school governing bodies in the Barnsley MBC area, which aims to support, promote and improve governance.

National Governors Association

The NGA is an independent membership organisation that represents school governors of maintained schools and academies in England. Its aim is to improve the wellbeing of children and young people by promoting high standards in all our schools and improving the effectiveness of their governing body. NGA have developed a plethora of documents and resources which are available on their website.
Telephone: 0121 237 3780

Department for Education

The DfE offers a range of information and advice for governors of all types of schools, from guidance on legislation and constitution of the governing body, to committees, training and year planning.

National Co-ordinators of Governor Services

NCOGS represents local authority providers of services to school governors. It is a source of good practice in training materials and support services regionally, and also lobbies national bodies on governance issues.

Governor Line

Free, confidential advice, information and support is available to school governors, clerks and individuals involved directly in the governance of maintained schools in England. The Governor Line number (from a UK line) is 0800 0722 181. Governor Line is a free service delivered by an organisation called WorkLife Support under
contract to the UK government.

The School Governors One-Stop Shop (SGOSS)

This is a government funded charity tasked with recruiting governors to governing bodies in England. SGOSS also receives support from business organisations. The SGOSS service is free to Local Authorities, volunteers, employers and schools.

The Key

A national information service, The Key for School Governors support nearly half of schools in England. Members have instant access to impartial information and guidance, practical resources and answers to questions on all aspects of school leadership and management.