In this area you will find documents, guidance and helpful information to assist Governors in their role.


Local Leaders of Governance Recruitment!


Are you an experienced governor? 


Do you have at least 3 years governance experience?  


Do you relish a challenge and believe in the importance of strong governance? 


If the answer to the above is YES, please read further! 




Skilled governors are needed to deliver change which will have impact in maintained Surrey schools 


The Local Leaders of Governance (LLG) programme has now been running since the summer of 2020!  LLGs have been deployed in over 30 maintained schools in Surrey during that time.  


We have an increasing demand from schools for support and are now looking to expand the programme.  We would like to hear from highly skilled and experienced governors who are willing to use their knowledge and expertise to help other local school governing bodies.  


Specifically, you will provide strategic support and mentoring to Surrey schools that need to improve current practice and/or increase future capacity to ensure high quality governance across the county. 


We are seeking to increase diversity and inclusion in our team of Local Leaders of Governance and would particularly welcome applications from governors from diverse backgrounds including Black, Asian and minority ethnic and LGBTQ+ communities, and those with a disability. 


Skills and Experience Required 


Governors applying to join the LLG Programme will normally have had a minimum of 3 years’ experience of school governance, two of which will have been in the capacity of Chair or Vice-Chair of the Full Governing Body and/or Chair of a Committee, in a school, or academy, graded by Ofsted as Good or Outstanding. We would also welcome applications from Chairs or Vice-Chairs of Trust Boards. 

You should have a proven track record of driving significant improvement in governance and school performance. You should be able to evidence strong governance practice and impact in your previous roles. 

You will be confident in providing appropriate challenge to school leaders (including existing governors), have excellent interpersonal skills to manage sensitive and challenging situations, be able to work collaboratively and build strong working relationships with all stakeholders, and have the confidence to lead and contribute to courageous conversations. 


Examples of Deployment 


LLGs can be deployed to: 

  • Reconstitute and rebuild a school governing body 

  • Lead or support on the amalgamation, federation or conversion of schools to academy status 

  • Act as Chair where a school has no chair and lead the development of the governing body 

  • Provide one to one coaching and/or mentoring of a new Chair, a potential Chair, Chair of Committee or other 

  • Conducting investigations in relation to complaints, grievances or disciplinaries 

  • Supporting Chairs of Governors or Chairs of Committees/Panels with a parental complaint, staff grievance or discipline and pupil 

  • Provide oversight of deficit recovery. 

  • Build relationships between the governing body, senior leaders and staff  

  • Lead, or be part of, an Interim Executive Board (IEB) 




LLGs must demonstrate a commitment to safeguarding and regular continuing professional development as well as having the time and energy to devote to carry out the role to a high standard. 




All new LLGs will receive induction and on-going training and support.  LLGs are part of a network of committed governance professionals and have termly networking and training briefings and access to resources through our dedicated team area on Governor Hub.  


Role Description 


For further information you can view the Role Description  here -  Role Description LLG programme

You can also watch this short LLG introductory video from two of our current LLGs, James Hanson and Lisa Kent:



To Apply 


The deadline for applications to be submitted is 9.00am on Tuesday 7th June 2022. 

Please request an application form from us by emailing  

Interviews are scheduled to take place on the afternoon of  13th June 2022. 




GovernorHub & The Key

We are excited to announce we have become a local provider of GovernorHub to all schools.

GovernorHub is a fantastic resource for all schools and their Governing bodies. This platform allows governors to communicate and support each other, upload documents that are available for all governors to view, keep track of meeting minutes and papers, and it will certainly save your Clerk a lot of time in day to day administration! We can also provide a combined GovernorHub & The Key subscription.


For full information: 

If you are a SAfE subscriber please go to:  where you will be able to purchase a subscription. 

If you are not a SAfE subscriber please email:


SAfE releases a half-termly Governors Bulletin and emails about upcoming events. To sign up to our Governors mailing list click the link above.

To view our April 2022 Edition, please click here.



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