Training, support and updates for school governors

The Governor Development Service provides information and training to governors, clerks and headteachers.

Your school needs to subscribe to the Governor Development Service to use the resources it provides. These include:

  • helpline
  • regular bulletin sent to the chair, clerk and headteacher
  • access to policies
  • free training
  • free networking sessions with other governors
  • free places at the annual governors’ conference
  • reduced rate school based training and consultancy


Download the training calendar (pdf, 869k) (opens new window)  to find out more about training courses and when they're on.

Email to apply for a course, stating your name, position, school, and the name and date of course(s) you would like to attend.


Governors’ Bulletin 

Each term the Governors’ Bulletin is sent to headteachers, chairs and clerks, containing relevant news and advice. Here are some recent copies:

Newsletter: ‘The Bristol Governor’

‘The Bristol Governor’ is sent to all governors three times a year and contains information like changes in procedures and regulations, future training events and useful advice on various areas of governance. It goes out in November, February and June. Here’s a recent copy.

The Bristol Governor Newsletter Issue 45 - Spring 2015 (pdf, 6.2 MB) (opens new window) (pdf, 6.2MB) (opens new window)