Training materials for governors

The training materials on this page have been reviewed and updated and are intended to be of particular interest and use to governors.  There are 13 modules covering all aspects of governance, and a brief executive summary of each, setting out the main areas covered in the module.

Training materials for clerks are also available.

Module 1: Overview of the Further Education System

This module gives an overview of the further education system. It provides an updated description of the political and legislative environment and suggests further sources.

Module 1 Full Text (PDF,636.22 KB)

Module 1 Exec Summary (PDF,323.03 KB)

Module 2: Values and Ethical Framework

The purpose of this module is to explain the standards expected in governance, including the key principles and codes of conduct that have been adopted by most public bodies.

Module 2 Full Text (PDF,685.03 KB)

Module 2 Exec Summary (PDF,248.58 KB)

Module 3: The Main Statutory Framework

This module provides essential information about the legislative environment in which a college operates.

Module 3 Full Text (PDF,655.28 KB)

Module 3 Exec Summary (PDF,249.55 KB)

Module 4: Working Relationships

This module explores a range of models, theories and practical techniques for managing relationships with other people in a college.

Module 4 Full Text (PDF,583.39 KB)

Module 4 Exec Summary (PDF,320.77 KB)

Module 5: The Process of Effective Governance

This module considers how effective governing bodies function in the less regulated environment following the Education Act 2011.

Module 5 Full Text (PDF,548.1 KB)

Module 5 Exec Summary (PDF,324.19 KB)

Module 6: Strategy and Educational Character

The purpose of this module is to provide an overview of responsibilities as they relate to the educational character of the college, its vision, mission, values and strategy.

Module 6 Full Text (PDF,736.53 KB)

Module 6 Exec Summary (PDF,322.44 KB)

Module 7: Collaboration and Partnerships

This module gives governors an overview of the types of partnerships and collaborative arrangements that are possible in the further education sector.

Module 7 Full Text (PDF,472.68 KB)

Module 7 Exec Summary (PDF,321.56 KB)

Module 8: Curriculum

The purpose of this module is to give governors an overview of their responsibilities in terms of the curriculum.

Module 8 Full Text (PDF,888.28 KB)

Module 8 Exec Summary (PDF,323.56 KB)

Module 9: Quality & Standards

This module considers the responsibilities that a governor has in terms of monitoring the quality of all aspects of provision and for raising standards of student attainment.

Module 9 Full Text (PDF,1023.38 KB)

Module 9 Exec Summary (PDF,323.77 KB)

Module 10 Finance

The purpose of this module is to enable governors to better understand the college’s financial responsibilities, financial terminology, funding body requirements and other aspects of finance.

Module 10 Full Text (PDF,1.21 MB)

Module 10 Exec Summary (PDF,262.21 KB)

Module 11: Human Resources

This module explores the interface between governance and the HR function and the role of the governor.

Module 11 Full Text (PDF,1.43 MB)

Module 11 Exec Summary (PDF,246.99 KB)

Module 12: The Audit Committee

This module provides an overview of the role of the audit committee, their responsibilities as audit committee members and how to make effective use of auditors.

Module 12 Full Text (PDF,896.06 KB)

Module 12 Exec Summary (PDF,325.27 KB)

Module 13: Governor Recruitment and Succession

The purpose of this module is to describe and explain the functions of a search or nomination committee, where such a committee has been established by a college.

Module 13 Full Text (PDF,1.22 MB)

Module 13 Exec Summary (PDF,326.61 KB)

Guide to using the training materials:

Guide (PDF,611.73 KB)