Effective Governance Structures

Effective governance structures are a fundamental element of the Code of Good Governance for English Colleges.  This states that college governors must:

Ensure that there are organised and clear governance and management structures, with well-understood delegations. 

The following information includes resources on the board, remuneration of senior post-holders, the chair, board members, the principal, the clerk and board member appointments, terms of office, induction and training.  

Please note that further guidance on the recruitment of governors is available here.

Jump to:


Case studies


Guidance notes

This aide memoire is primarily intended for first-term governors, but will be of use to all.

Guidance for governors, clerks and senior managers on managing the work of the board to best effect.

"Carver" model governance. 

Developing the relationship between a college's governors and its managers.

Developing the effective balance of support and challenge between the governing body and the senior leadership team.

This will be of particular interest to clerks and search committee members. 

This note is aimed particularly at chairs and members of search and governance committees, but will be of interest to all governors. 





The Effective Governance Guide for Independent Training Providers was produced by PublicCo as part of the 2017/18 National Leaders of Governance programme. 

These resources for Independent Training Providers were produced as part of the National Leaders of Governance programme.

These resources for Adult & Community Learning providers were produced as part of the National Leaders of Governance programme.

For those who are considering becoming or have recently been appointed as a Clerk, the following documents may be of interest:
Clerk's Career Path Part 1: Becoming a Clerk 
Clerk's Career Path Part 2: Career development

Sample governanace professional job description 

Clerking in the new era: implications for college governance, 2013

The above document contains the following on remuneration of governors: 

Webinars and video

What does Ofsted look for in good governance?  Marina Gaze, Deputy Director FE & Skills, Ofsted