Governance Development Programme

Welcome to your Governance Development Programme – free training funded by the Department for Education (DfE) to support you in being an effective college governor.

Select from over 30 short courses covering all the key topics you need to master as a governor to be able to support and challenge your organisation. Developed in collaboration with the sector, each course is standalone, and you can dip in and out at a time to suit you, tracking your progress on your personal learning dashboard.

FE governors in conversation

More information about the Governance Development Programme

How is the programme structured? 

Courses are mostly online and mapped to three categories – core, proficient and highly effective – to reflect different levels of FE governance experience. You can select from all three categories to suit your interests and background.

You are in total control of your learning with the programme; each opportunity is designed to be standalone, so it’s up to you where to start and what to explore next.

As a governance professional, this programme of self-directed study also provides you with an ideal source of free, reputable training which you can recommend to your governors.

Example programme modules

Newly appointed as a governor?

Try ‘Understanding your role and the role of the board’.

From a business background?

Try ‘Understanding your curriculum offer and student profile’.

Expecting an Ofsted inspection soon?

Try ‘Board involvement at inspection’.

Programme testimonials and case studies

Further information and access