Diocese of Chichester Education

Training for Governors

Being a school governor is an immensely rewarding role and the opportunity to make a significant impact on the life and work of the school and the local community.

All Governors have three key roles:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

Church school governors have the additional role in developing and upholding the distinctive ethos upon which their school was founded. The Education Team at the Diocese of Chichester provide a wide range of training and opportunities to support Church school governors in their roles May E-News  Your latest Governance E-News

Diocesan Governor Training programme 2022 - A new and refreshed programme of training has been developed for the Spring and Summer term. Chairs, Foundation Governors and Clerks please watch your inbox for the new monthly Governors E-Bulletin and forward to all governors. It contains the programme and booking details. Most will be virtual sessions of 60 or 90 minutes.

A message for all Headteachers and governors: please do not hesitate to contact Mike if you have any area of concern, development needs or other support. Email Mike Simmonds

All new foundation governors are expected to attend New to Church School Governance and Safeguarding (LA or Diocesan) Training in their first year of appointment. 

There is wider training that Governors may find useful on the Training page of this website. The training can be found under the following headings:

Christian Distinctiveness and RE (SIAMS)   
Managing and Maintaining your Buildings (VA schools)  
Leadership, Management and Succession Planning

All Training to be booked through