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Building Soft Skills Required for Chair of Governors

“Challenge is the pathway to engagement and progress in our lives. But not all challenges are created equal. Some challenges make us feel alive, engaged, connected and fulfilled. Others simply overwhelm us.” Brendon Burchard

Who should attend:

Existing Chair of Governors, potential new Chair of Governors

Course Details:

Chair of Governors typically possess a wide range of leadership and interpersonal skills and devote a great amount of time and commitment to the role. However, governing bodies are made up of a diverse group of people and motivating and leading such a group can be challenging, whilst also maintaining a good relationship with the head. This course focuses on four key areas:

(1) Maintaining a healthy working relationship with the headteacher;

(2) giving and receiving criticism and suggestions;

(3) managing differences of opinion; and

(4) delegation.

By the end of the course:

Chairs will have reflected on their own existing skills within these 4 key areas and developed an action plan for future practice.


Course format:

This training can be delivered in-school before/ after a governors' meeting, or alternatively via video conferencing if this is more convenient. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

What delegates have said:

“Bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience the training allowed us to reflect on our practises and question our decision-making process at our school.”