School Business Management

Governor Support

One Education is committed to supporting you to meet the challenges of the changing roles in school governance and to supporting your governing body at every level.

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Why choose One Education for Governor Support

We offer a professional clerking service and a comprehensive package of governor support throughout the North West; around all aspects of school governance, bringing together information, advice and guidance, specialist resources, governing body reviews, and training.

The One Education Governor Clerking Service has provided the governing body of St Clare's with invaluable guidance and support for over six years. Hallmarks of the service are its reliability and attention to detail underpinned by up-to-date insight and professionalism.

Vincent Jones, Headteacher
St Clare’s RC Primary School

The Clerking Service provided by One Education has provided support to Cheetham CE Community Academy and previously Cheetham CE Community primary school for many years. One Education have been invaluable helping us through our academy conversion and beyond. Knowing our Academy well, Frances and the team are extremely professional in providing us with up to date guidance and advice. It’s reassuring knowing they are always on hand if we need to speak to them.

Paul Galloway, Business and Finance Director

One Education has provided excellent support clerking meetings over the past few years and have ensured that the Trust has managed all of the associated regulatory requirements as needed. They provide reliable advice & insight to support Directors in discharging their governance duties.

John Kalnins, Chair of Directors
HFNCAT (Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Academy Trust)

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Governor Support Overview

The profile and the importance of the role of governors continue to grow, as do the responsibilities of the role. All schools want to secure the best possible professional support for their governing bodies and governing body members. Our governor support services ensure that you get the right support, training, advice and guidance when you need it most.

Governor Body Review

Clerking Service

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Governor Support


We provide an extensive range of services for schools and academies. These can be tailored to your requirements and we can provide a bespoke package incorporating one or more services.

Governing Body Review

Ensure your Governing Body is responsive, accountable and Ofsted ready.

One Education can offer an opportunity to prepare and plan for success. We will support your governing body to undertake a critical review of your key responsibilities, identify potential areas for development and support the development of plans to meet these needs. This review provides a robust impartial advice to give the governing body assurance in key areas that it can use to support judgements on the governance of the school.

Working with you and your governing body, we will complete a skills analysis, undertake a self-evaluation and identify the key areas of development to become an outstanding governing body. We will then complete a report with recommendations to describe and support your pathway to becoming a high performing and stronger governing body.

This approach will ensure you are one step ahead and ready for your inspection.

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Clerking Service

As the focus on school leadership and governance by the Department of Education and Ofsted continues to increase, the value of a professional clerking service has been highlighted, particularly within inspections.

One Education provides a variety of high quality clerking services to meet your needs by delivering expert advice, guidance and administrative support on all matters of school governance.

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Governor Advice and Guidance

We can offer everything school governors need in one place which includes the Chair’s telephone advice line offering access to an expert who can talk you through any governance issues.

The governing body meeting termly handbook is a practical guide to statutory and recommended agenda items. It also updates on policy issues as well as standard agenda structures for key meetings.

Termly networking events for Chairs of Governors provide up to date information and a forum for discussion and problem solving for Chairs.

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Governor Professional Development

We have a dedicated team of experienced professionals who deliver high quality courses on a range of issues to support good governance. Our content is current, relevant and interesting, taking into account learning styles and audiences. We deliver termly new governor training courses and networks for Chairs as well as bespoke training delivered to your governing body to cover a topic of your choice.

Our training can include:

  • Governors’ school visits
  • Understanding your data
  • School finance for governors
  • How to challenge effectively
  • Ofsted and the role of governors during an inspection
  • Becoming outstanding governors
  • How governors can help maximise pupil progress
  • How governors can monitor and support behaviour for learning
  • The contribution of governors to school evaluation
  • Governors and Safeguarding
  • Academy governance
  • The Governance Competency Framework
  • Strategic planning and challenge
  • Self evaluation and review

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Support for New Governors

Becoming a governor can be a daunting experience. Our advice and training will ensure you are fully prepared and supported, meeting your needs as a new governor. Our team will ensure you are confident and up to speed with your new role and statutory responsibilities. Support includes new governor training and a welcome to governance induction pack.

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We pride ourselves in putting children first and delivering exceptional services at affordable prices to schools. Here are some additional benefits of working with One Education.

Independent professional clerking

Subject specialist support

Private and confidential advice and guidance

Experience working with 100s of schools

Flexible to meet your training needs

Governor Training Programme 2020-21

Our Governor Support team is offering an annual Governor's Training Programme to start in the Autumn term. Designed to help you develop within your role and be confident in your decisions, whether an experienced governor or new to the job.

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How we've been supporting Governors and their schools

With new challenges and different ways of working, the positive support that governors can provide to their schools is key. Read how our Governor Support team has been supporting governors and what the DfE says should be the main focus points when holding a meeting.

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Training courses

Training courses & Conferences

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New Governor's Induction - 11 November & 18 November 2020

Becoming a governor can be a daunting experience. This training is designed to meet the needs of new governors and uses the DfE Governance Competency Framework as the basis for new governors to understand the expectations of their role and statutory responsibilities. This training will be delivered virtually.

Training Course

Understanding Data - Changes to Primary Assessment - 25 November 2020

This training will give an insight into how governors can use the data to review pupil and school performance. It will help governors develop the understanding and skills needed to review and challenge data, to set targets and to support and challenge school leaders in order to maximise pupil progress. This training will be delivered virtually.

Training Course

Being an Effective Link Governor - 01 December 2020

Link Governors play an important role in ensuring effective governance monitoring. This session explores the role of the Link Governor and provides guidance on best practice to maximise impact. This training will be delivered virtually.

Training Course

Meeting the Needs of Vulnerable Children - 10 December 2020

This session confirms governor responsibilities and explores best practice to provide some practical guidance to help governors to understand, monitor and assess impact across a range of focused interventions and techniques supporting access to the curriculum to deliver effective oversight of the quality of education for vulnerable children. This training will be delivered virtually.

Training Course

How to Hold School Leaders to Account - 13 January 2021

A key element of the role of a governing body is to hold school leaders to account for the performance of pupils. This training will explore what this means in practice and will provide support to governors to ensure that they carry out this role effectively. The session will look at what aspects of the school’s performance they should be questioning and how they can challenge in a supportive and positive way to ensure outstanding outcomes for pupils. This training will be delivered virtually.

Training Course

Exclusions - 18 January 2021

Governors and trustees play a key role in pupil exclusions. This session will provide the legal context, as well as reviewing the processes in place, governors' roles in them and the expectations of governors' panels. This training will be delivered virtually.

Training Course

Chairs Network - 27 January 2021

The Chairs Network is a termly meeting which includes a briefing on the latest developments in governance, best practice and policy updates from the DfE. This training will be delivered virtually.

Training Course

New Governor's Induction - 02 February & 09 February 2021

Becoming a governor can be a daunting experience. This training is designed to meet the needs of new governors and uses the DfE Governance Competency Framework as the basis for new governors to understand the expectations of their role and statutory responsibilities. This training will be delivered virtually.

Meet The Team

Head of Governor Services

Rob Merino

Before joining One Education, Rob had an extensive career in local authority service management and delivery, followed by a number of years as a programme and change management professional. As Head of Governor Services, Rob provides advice, guidance and support to head teachers and chairs across the region, and has managed the successful delivery of a new free school through application and pre-opening stages.

Lead Clerk

Frances Bennett

Frances works with maintained schools, academies and Trust Boards. She works as the Lead Clerk on a full time basis, which involves clerking, providing guidance and a considerable amount of organisation. Frances was a governor at a primary school for 8 years and served as Vice Chair and Chair.

Governing Body Clerk

Jane Poulton

Jane, Governing Body Clerk at One Education for almost 3 years, previously worked in Stockport for over 12 years. As a Governing Body Clerk, she attends Governing Body and committee meetings, take minutes and provides advice, guidance and support to Heads, Chairs and Governors.

Latest Blogs

Our team of Education Professionals regularly author articles and news items. Use the link below to view these in our One Editorial Blog.

Governor Support

How we've been supporting Governors and their schools

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Governor Support

The new Ofsted Framework - Are you aware of the changes? (Nov 2019)

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Governor Support

Clerking Competency Framework

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