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The Governor Support Service is a knowledgeable, experienced team providing quality services to develop the effectiveness of governance in schools and academies

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Effective governance provides strategic direction and control to schools, academies and Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs). It creates robust accountability, oversight and assurance for their educational and financial performance and is ambitious for all children and young people to achieve the very best outcomes.

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Governor Briefing June 2018

This year we have held a series of briefings on how we, as governors, can support our most vulnerable learners. This is a national issue but also something that we as a city particularly need to address.
Our third and final governor briefing was held on Tuesday 26 June 2018, 12noon to 2pm and the focus of this was Supporting the attainment of disadvantaged pupils - Attendance and Behaviour’ This was well attended and feedback was very positive.
The speakers were:
  • Tracey Thomas-Marshall, 0 – 19 Senior consultant- The issues for the city and progress of the Disadvantaged Directory
  • Azmina Syeda Ali, Team Manager, School Attendance Service - Pupil attendance
  • Dr Ed Sugden Senior Educational Psychologist - Behaviour
  • Chris Dyson, Head Teacher Parklands Primary School and National Leader of Education - Examples of good practice from schools within Leeds

Leeds GSS Survey 2017

Results from the July 2017 survey (login required)

Governor Updates

As part of our SLA, we send out regular newsletters to governors. These contain Ofsted Updates, upcoming governor training, changes to DfE policies and guidance for schools and the latest news on what is happening in Leeds and nationally. Copies can be found here.

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Advice and guidance documents for governors

A wide range of guidance documents, including policies, toolkits, planners and general support, to support governors in their role.
Available to governors from schools that buy into our SLA (you must be logged in)
If you need help logging in please email: or call 0113 3785213

Safeguarding and Child Protection

Safeguarding is one of the core responsibilities of anyone involved with children.
A wide range of documents and links can be found here.

Online Resources

SLA schools - As part of our SLA governors are able to register with Learning Link – An easy-to-use e-learning portal that will help you every step of the way with your professional development. For guidance on how to register with this please download the guidance document.

Department for Education

One of a Governing Board's key responsibilities is ensuring that policies meet statutory requirements. The Department for Education regularly updates its statutory policies and guidance and these can be easily searched for on their website.
When reviewing any policies governors should always check the DfE website for statutory guidance/ policies.

Governor access to the Leeds Education Hub

The Leeds Education Hub is used by a wide range of departments within LCC to upload their guidance documents for schools, including their model policies.
Governors may request direct access to the Leeds Education Hub. Please download thsie

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