Chairs’ Briefings

Chairs’ Briefings

The Governance Services Team understand the importance of the chair’s role in driving school improvement and therefore provide termly briefing sessions to assist them in their role.

The briefings are held early each term in order to prepare chairs for their forthcoming governing or trust board meetings and to equip them with the knowledge, information and advice needed to effectively undertake their role.

The Chairs’ Briefing sessions aim to:

  • Deepen the understanding of the role of the chair
  • Enhance confidence and skills in managing the role and relationships.
  • Widen the strategies for developing the partnership between the governing or trust board, the senior leadership team and staff.
  • Share leadership issues and make good use of the skills and knowledge of others.
  • Provide information about meeting procedure and regulations.

Attendance at the briefing is free of charge for all chairs of governing and trust boards that purchase the Governing Board Clerking & Support service level agreement. A fee of £40 is chargeable to those schools and academies for chairs attending from boards that do not buy into the service.

The Chairs’ Briefings for the 2020/21 academic year are detailed below. Chairs of the board may book on the sessions by selecting ‘Further Information’ . You need only to attend one sessions per term.

Whilst social distancing measures continue to operate, and to ensure the safety of all service users and staff, the Chairs’ Briefing will be held as a live virtual/webinar event and a recording made available for those that cannot make the event time. An event link will be sent to all those booked on the event in due course. 

 As with all services to schools, we will continue to monitor these arrangements as we move throughout the spring and summer terms.


 Chairs’ Briefing – Autumn Term 2020
Live Event / Webinar
Monday 28 September 2020
                 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm
 Chairs’ Briefing – Spring Term 2021
Live Event / Webinar
Monday 25 January 2021
                 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm
 Chairs’ Briefing – Summer Term 2021
Live Event / Webinar
Monday 10 May 2021
                 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm