This page contains useful information for Surrey School Governors, Trustees and others. It comes from a variety of training providers. While SGA list their services, users should satisfy themselves to the provider's ability, suitability and their value.

Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

What has changed

The government has updated its guidance for people who are shielding taking into account that COVID-19 disease levels are substantially lower now than when shielding was first introduced.

People who are shielding remain vulnerable and should continue to take precautions but can now leave their home if they wish, as long as they are able to maintain strict social distancing. If you choose to spend time outdoors, this can be with members of your own household. If you live alone, you can spend time ...Read More

SCC Bulletin forword with Liz Mills

Dear colleagues

I want to start this update by saying thank you for the extraordinary effort and measures that you have been taking to put education provision in place for today, Monday 23 March. Most of you will
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Strictly Spring programme

Dear Governor/Clerk

Please find attached list of training opportunities for the Spring term 2020. This training programme is being sent to all governors, clerks and associate members who are listed on our database. For your information, I will be sending out an updated flyer with all the new courses, in early December.

To book your place: Please visit link and search by course code. Alternatively, please email or telephone: 0800 073 4444 Option 2

To register on CPD Online (if you are a new Governor or Clerk): Please visit

Once registered, you can view full details of all courses updated daily by visiting:

Kind regards

Lisa James | Governance Training Co-ordinator
Strictly Education 4S
No1 Pixham End, Dorking, Surrey. RH4 1QA
Tel: 01306 320117 | Mob: 01306 320117 |

Useful guides to Support your work

Governance Handbook

Competency Framework for Governors

Clerking Competency Framework

Statutory Policies for Schools

School Inspection Handbook

Setting up School Partnerships

A warm welcome to COGNUS

Cognus Governor Services As from 1 April 2019, COGNUS, in conjunction with Merton LA Governor Services is pleased to be providing Surrey County Council’s statutory responsibilities in relation to school governance. This includes the Read more...

Active Surrey and Governers Conference

Click the image to learn more on thier webstie

Young Epilepsy

Supporting pupils with medical conditions is a statutory duty under section 100 of the Children and Families Act 2014. We hope that the guide will help school governing bodies ensure they have sufficient policy and practice in place. Details :

Training information on this page

To the left are very useful guides on Governors matters.

To the right, a featured piece of learning with video.

Below left under "Coming Events" information on meetings, conferences and training programmes. All of which count towards your CPD.

Below center some well "established" good practice for Governors.

Below right under "Reference", current and useful training and development.

SGA AGM Conference 2019

SGA AGM 2019 Presentation

SGA Chairs Report 2019

Programme and workshops

From the Diocese of Guildford

Director’s Letter – ‘Leading Flourishing School Communities’

The Church School Governance Training Programme (CSGTP)

Good Afternoon,

I would like to introduce you to an online Governor Training Programme specifically aimed at Church Schools and with significant discounts available for groups of governors from the same Diocese. We would be very grateful if you could pass this on to those responsible for governor training within your Diocese.

The Hope Church School Governance Online Training Programme (CSGTP) is aimed at Governors and Trustees (Directors) in both church schools and schools with a distinctively Christian ethos, providing support for Governors and Trustees (Directors) committed to improving provision and outcomes for children and young people... Read More

CPD Registration Form CSGTP Online 2018/19

CSGTP_A4_Leaflet_09/10/19 pdf

Course notes on cpd training pages as per last forward

Invitation for governors: COVID -19 Webinar

Schools Alliance for Excellence (SAfE) is working with Surrey County Council and Phase Councils to provide support for all schools and academies in Surrey as ‘closure’ continues. We are in regular contact with the Regional Schools Commissioner.

Together, we are producing detailed guidance and regular updates which are being distributed to Headteachers, CEOs, and Chairs of Trusts and Governing Boards. This information can be found on the Surrey CC website.
In order to provide specific support and guidance for governors, we have established a section on our website, which includes useful links for governors and FAQs which are being updated regularly with your questions as we receive them.

On Wednesday the 1st of April at 7pm, on behalf of Surrey County Council and SAfE, we are hosting a webinar especially for governors/trustees to provide an update on the current situation and to allow you to pose questions to a panel made up of Maria Dawes (SAfE) and Jane Winterbone (Surrey County Council). The webinar will last about 1 hour.

Please visit our event page to register your interest in participating in the webinar or to receive access to a recording of the event.

Register here

Just breaking: Guidance for school governor virtual meetings

School governors should not meet during Coronavirus situation. Guidance how virtual meets can take place.

To view your notification click here:

Surrey School Governors Partnership Briefings - Spring Term 2020

• Thursday 12th March – morning 9-11am – at ACS Cobham International School, Heywood, Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1BL

• Wednesday 18th March – evening 7-9pm – at George Abbot School, Woodruff Avenue, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1XX

To book your place, please email:

Surrey Governance Association and SEND Teaching School agree to Link

Geoffrey Hackett Chair of SGA writes: - This link between our two websites illustrates the increasing need to share experience and knowledge not only across education but up and down each strand of education.... Read more


Dorking Nursery School

Here At Dorking Nursery School, we offer a range of high quality courses for early years' professionals. Our one-day courses are aimed at all practitioners, including teachers and support staff, in Early Years settings. The day includes a buffet lunch, refreshments throughout the day and a tour of Dorking Nursery School.

We also regularly run 2-day Makaton for Beginners and Talk Boost training as well as offering early years practitioners an opportunity to visit our Nursery on our Visitor Mornings.

Since 2018, we have been working in partnership with Early Excellence to offer series of practical and informative workshops.

In June 2017, Dorking Nursery School was designated as a National Support School and our Headteacher, Donna Harwood-Duffy is a National Leader of Education. A range of support, training and CPD for schools and settings can be purchased by contacting us directly.

For our current courses, it may be best to add this as it will update regularly when new courses are offered -

Coming Events



Next Executive Meeting: 30th April 2020

Chairs of Governors Meetings

Re-establishing the ASG Network. If you're a Surrey ASG, please contact Ruth Murton via

in its third year, the National Governance Association is delighted to announce the return of our growing and successful Community MATs Network.

Strictly Education 4S
No1 Pixham End, Dorking, Surrey. RH4 1QA
for further details contact Carole Ford – Clerking Manager
Tel: 01306 320109 |

The NEW Directory of Education Services for Academies, MATs and Non-Maintained Schools 2019-20

From the Competency Handbook

All those elected or appointed to boards should fulfil their duties in line with the seven principles of public life (the Nolan principles). They should also be mindful of their responsibilities under equality legislation, recognising and encouraging diversity and inclusion. They should understand the impact of effective Governors on the quality of education and on outcomes for all children and young people. In addition, all those involved in Governors should be:

Devoting the required time and energy to the role and ambitious to achieve best possible outcomes for young people. Prepared to give time, skills and knowledge to developing themselves and others in order to create highly effective Governors.

Of an independent mind, able to lead and contribute to courageous conversations, to express their opinion and to play an active role on the board.

Possessing an enquiring mind and an analytical approach and understanding the value of meaningful questioning.

Providing appropriate challenge to the status quo, not taking information or data at face value and always driving for improvement.

Prepared to listen to and work in partnership with others and understanding the importance of building strong working relationships within the board and with executive leaders, staff, parents and carers, pupils/students, the local community and employers.

Understanding the value of critical friendship which enables both challenge and support, and self-reflective, pursing learning and development opportunities to improve their own and whole board effectiveness.

Able to challenge conventional wisdom and be open-minded about new approaches to problem-solving; recognising the value of innovation and creative thinking to organisational development and success.

Primary school accountability

Technical guidance on primary accountability, school-level progress measures and similar schools. There is a video which explains the new primary school accountability system we recommend watching, it only lasts 4 minutes and you can watch it here.

The Nolan Principles

1. Selflessness Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest.

2. Integrity Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.

3. Objectivity Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.

4. Accountability Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.

5. Openness Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing.

6. Honesty Holders of public office should be truthful.

7. Leadership Holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour. They should actively promote and robustly support the principles and be willing to challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs

The Purpose of Governors

1. The purpose of Governors is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.

2. All boards, no matter what type of schools or how many schools they govern, have three core functions:

- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

- Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

- Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.