Support for governance

Strong and effective governance is vital for the further education and training sector. Effective governor support and scrutiny, by non-executive leaders, will offer strategic direction, operational advice which ensures the highest levels of financial and statutory oversight.


Using the left hand menu and “relevant links” menu in this section, you can find details of support the Foundation offers for governors and clerks, including personal development.

Training courses

ELMAG brings together a wider range of development and networking opportunities for governors and clerks to strengthen knowledge and skills in key areas.

The offer on the ELMAG portal covers:

  • Course finder – variety of CPD course opportunities, consisting of courses, seminars and workshops
  • Resources – a wide range of topical information including research reports and blogs
  • Reflection – generate a personal report identifying your strengths and areas for further development
  • Network–  place where peers can register their skills and look for or offer support to others in the sector

By working with the sector’s workforce, via the Area Review process, we can governance support and further resources to the FE sector.

Governance Development Programme

The Governance Development Programme is in partnership with the AoC. Webinars, regional events and peer support from National Leaders of Governance (NLG) are now available to help governing bodies fulfil their duties as well as to provide new tailored and technical support as colleges go through the AR process. A guide, authored by NLGs, which provides practical support to governors and senior leaders who are considering structural change is now available on the AoC website.

Student Governor Development Programme 

We are working with NUS to provide a blended learning package combining a face to face induction session with a short eLearning programme, aiming to get student governors “board-ready” earlier in their term of office. Find out more on our booking system.