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SGOSS is working with a number of organisations to develop a suite of eLearning modules for new school governors. We want to ensure new governors have the knowledge and understanding they need to make a positive impact on educational outcomes from their first day. The modules cover key contextual knowledge along with guidance on how to provide effective support and challenge to school leadership teams. They are useful to all school governance roles, whether you are a trustee, maintained school governor or sit on a local governing body.


The modules are free to use and anyone can access them by completing a short registration process. You don’t need to be a current school governor. Once registered, you can complete the modules in your own time – your progress through the modules will be saved and you can begin from where you left off. Each module should take around one hour to complete.


Select a module below to get started.


Governor induction

Developed in partnership with Lloyds Banking Group and The Key:

Governor induction provides a comprehensive introduction to the school governor role. It looks at the core responsibilities of governors and the some of the key activities that they carry out. It includes sections on how governors can make a positive impact, learn more about their school, and prepare for their first meeting.

Performance data for new governors

Developed in association with Arbor:

Performance data for new governors covers the key metrics and measures governors need to understand in order to provide effective oversight of pupil and school performance. It focuses on the key types of data governors need to be able to interpret, how to interrogate data to provide support and challenge to the school leadership, and how to investigate performance more closely by benchmarking against other schools.

Finance for new governors

Finance for new governors covers the key principles of the schools financial framework, including the funding system and accountability framework. It also focuses on the key principles of effective financial management, including the development of a financial strategy, budget monitoring, internal controls and value for money.