Buckinghamshire Traded Services

Governor Support & Training

Governor Support & Training

We believe that effective governance is essential to delivering school improvements. By supporting a committed network of governors, we can help to drive systematic change in schools across Buckinghamshire.

The BESST team are building a service to provide advice, information and training opportunities to schools and governing boards to enable them to work effectively and efficiently to promote high standards, fulfil their statutory responsibilities and raise achievement in schools.

Governor Training

Governor training is a vital element in every governing board’s effectiveness.  Recognising that governors need flexibility, we offer a comprehensive ‘pay as you go’ training programme for all governors throughout the academic year.  Delivered by expert Buckinghamshire Council teams and selected partners, the training is tailored to governors within the county.

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NGA Membership

We are pleased to be able to offer Buckinghamshire schools a discount on membership to the National Governance Association. In 2022/3 maintained schools will receive a 50% discount on NGA standard membership.

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Governor Hub

We’re excited to announce that from April 2022 we are partnering with GovernorHub to provide a GDPR-compliant way of organising your board/trusts’ work.

Subscribe for full board access to Governor Hub for just £145 per board per annum.

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The Key for School Governors

The Key for School Governors provides a wealth of governance information and resources at your fingertips. For schools that purchase full board membership of Governor Hub through BESST, we are able to offer The Key for School Governors at a discounted rate compared to purchasing direct.

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Bespoke HR Training for Governing Boards

The Buckinghamshire HR team can provide expert sessions for governing boards in a range of topics including safer recruitment, headteacher recruitment, capability, grievance and disciplinary action. 

Please contact us for more information on these bespoke sessions.

Governor Training Packages

The following governor training packages are available to purchase for the Autumn and Spring terms of academic year 2022/23. These packages have been introduced with the aim of enabling governing bodies to cost-effectively plan for training needs.

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New Governor Welcome Package

We are committed to ensuring newly appointed governors are up to speed and effective in their roles as quickly as possible. We, therefore, provide welcome support to all new governors, with two cohorts during the academic year 2022/23 - one starting in autumn term 2022, and the other starting in spring term 2023.

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Headteacher Recruitment Support Packages

Recruiting a new headteacher is one of the most important roles that a Governing Body must undertake. It is critical that a professional, fair, open and time-sensitive recruitment practice is undertaken, taking on board the latest safeguarding guidance and legislation to ensure a successful recruitment outcome. The Buckinghamshire Council BESST School Improvement Team and Buckinghamshire Council Human Resources Team can offer three different traded packages of support to meet the needs of maintained, academy and free schools in Buckinghamshire.

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