Governor Services

National research indicates that a school is unlikely to succeed without an effective governing board and school governors. Strong governance is essential to ensuring successful educational outcomes since school governors and trustees, although volunteers, play a vital strategic role in holding school leaders to account through support, challenge and driving school improvement. With an increasing national emphasis on skilled, knowledgeable school governors and trustees who contribute to the effective governance and success of the school, it has never been more important to keep up to date with the latest legislation, guidance and good practice.

Governor Services enjoys a high reputation for excellence in supporting school governors and school governing bodies both within Essex and nationally, including representation on national bodies such as NCOGS. We recognise that school governors’ responsibilities are wide-ranging, with boards facing new challenges on a regular basis, and can help with any aspect of governance from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Professional but approachable we are willing to listen, in confidence if necessary, to support you in carrying out your role effectively.

Our all-inclusive subscription package is designed to cover the full range of governance support. We offer advice and consultancy, a dedicated advice line, model policies and guidance and regular communications to keep you up to date with the latest legislation and good practice. Subscribers also have access to downloadable resources which include model templates, checklists, procedures and toolkits.

For an additional charge we can also offer a Review of Governance and bespoke support addressing specific issues for your school governing board.

To become a subscriber or find our more about our Governance Support service, please contact us.


Looking for the Effective School Governance Award (ESGA)? We’re working in partnership with Optimus Education. Read about our joint ESGA offer here.


Review of Governance

Effective governance is pivotal to school improvement and the continued success of the school. Since April 2013 over 120 governing boards have benefited from an EES for Schools Review of Governance (RoG). They have become an established tool to support proactive governing boards in their self-evaluation and as a health check in preparation for inspection.
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Frequently Asked Questions

The world of school governance is constantly changing. Please visit our FAQ page to view the questions we are most frequently asked. If you can't find the answer to your question, or wish to discuss in confidence, please contact the Governor Services team on 033301 39833 or email us.