School governor development opportunities

Our governor training sessions are designed to make sure that you're fully equipped with the information you need to support your school. The sessions aim to make sure you feel confident to be able to provide challenge to the headteacher of the school and to get the most out of your role. 

Cost of training

Sessions are fully subsidised by the Barnsley Schools' Alliance. Governors in all schools and academies in the Barnsley borough can attend the sessions at no charge to the school/academy.

Book a course

You can book a place on a course by emailing us at Please tell us your name, school, governor category, email address and phone number.

Spaces on each course are limited, so request to book your place early to avoid disappointment.

Cancelling a course 

If you need to cancel a place on a course email as soon as possible. If we receive less than 48 hours notice of non-attendance the school/academy will be charged a £55 cancellation fee.


Sessions will be delivered either in person or virtually. The in-person sessions will be held at HCAT Offices, Unit 4, 4 Great Cliffe Road, Dodworth, Barnsley, S75 3SP. Parking is available.

For all sessions please plan to arrive, or log onto the virtual session, 30 minutes before the start time.

Monday 22 January Finance for LA maintained schools: comprehensive understanding of the Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS) In-person 6pm to 7.30pm
Thursday 6 February Safeguarding training In-person 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Tuesday 27 February Welcome to governance In-person 5.30pm to 8pm
Tuesday 16 April  Handling complaints (This session will be based on the Barnsley Council model complaints procedure. Schools were encouraged to adopt this in September 2022. It was reviewed in September 2023.) In-person 6pm to 7.30pm
Date Session Delivery method Time

More sessions are being finalised and will be available soon.

About the sessions

Finance for LA maintained schools: comprehensive understanding of the schools financial value standard (SFVS)

Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS).

SFVS is a crucial tool that helps schools demonstrate their financial efficiency and transparency. In this session, participants will learn the key components of SFVS, how to interpret and use financial data effectively, and how to ensure their school's financial practices meet the required standards. The training will empower governors to make informed decisions and contribute to sound financial management.


All governors in LA maintained schools. 

Led by 

Victoria Harrison

Handling complaints

This course will look at the Headteacher's and Governing Board's relative roles and powers when handling both 'informal' and 'formal' complaints from parents and other members of the community.

The session will look at effective practice in the early stages to ensure that complaints are handled appropriately in order that they are resolved satisfactorily.

Aims and Objectives

  • To know what constitutes a complaint;
  • To know how to deal with complaints on an informal basis;
  • To be familiar with BMBC’s model complaints procedure and the role of governors within this;
  • To understand the role of the investigating officer for the governing board (Stage 1);
  • To understand the role of the governing board complaints panel (Stage 2).


All Governors

Led by

Peter Bell, School Governance and Alliance Board Service Manager

Safeguarding for governors

Statutory for all governors, according to Statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022. Attendees are expected to be aware of this document. Ch 2 will be covered in the session.

Aims and Objectives

  • Define safeguarding and consider the role of the governor.
  • Recognise safeguarding legislation, guidance and inspection criteria for Education.
  • Recognise vulnerable groups and consider current issues including Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment/Online Safety/Safer Working Practices.
  • Reflect on issues and lessons learnt for Education in Serious Cases.
  • Consider culture and how to ‘temperature check’ your setting in relation to safeguarding responsibilities.


All Governors

Led by

Vicki Maybin, Safeguarding Advisor for Education, Wakefield Safeguarding Children Partnership

Welcome to governance

Highly recommended for all new governors.

The purpose of this face-to-face induction session is to ensure that you know and understand your responsibilities as you contribute to the work of your governing board in fulfilling its statutory duties. It aims to provide you with the insights and the confidence to contribute effectively in your first year as a new governor.

Aims and objectives

The session covers:

  • knowing and understanding the core functions of the governing board and the key features of effective governance;
  • the governing board’s accountability to, and relationship with others (e.g. Ofsted, DFE, LA, Diocese);
  • the governance structure of the organisation, including its constitution and procedures, scheme of delegation and how and where decisions can be made.


All new governors, including for maintained schools and academies (including at local and trust levels).

Led by

Brian Beal, Education Consultant