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Event code SCH 23/051 
Event description

Have you been asked to consider standing as chair or vice-chair of your governing board or to chair a committee? Is your current chair/vice-chair likely to stand down soon and you suspect you may be approached to take over? Have you considered standing but are not sure what is required and if you have the necessary skills? Are you already a chair and would like to learn new strategies and meet other chairs to share good practice?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes” then you should book on this interactive and highly recommended course as it is suitable for all current and aspiring governing body chairs, vice-chairs and committee chairs. The session will refer to the chair’s role in strategic leadership and in ensuring accountability and will offer opportunities to share experiences and good practice and examine, the skills required to chair a meeting effectively. Participants will be provided with online access to a range of useful templates and checklists. 

The course covers:

  • The role of the chair & vice-chair - what the chair does and how the work can be delegated including the division of responsibilities between chair, vice-chair and committee chairs

  • Managing relationships with governors – building, knowing and leading the team, inducting new governors, supporting governor development, succession planning

  • Managing the work of the governing board – planning the work, chairing effective meetings, good minuting, dealing with challenging situations

  • Managing relationships with the headteacher – establishing and maintaining an effective, professional relationship, clarifying roles, agreeing mutual expectations

  • Supporting strategic leadership and ensuring accountability – the chair’s role

This session will be delivered by Wendy Smith, communications coach, trainer and a chair of governors.

This is a face to face session at Ealing Education Centre 
Training objectives

  • To explore the role of the chair and the skills required

  • To identify how good chairing contributes to improving the school

  • To share strategies on how to chair more effectively

Suitable for all chairs, vice chairs, chairs of committees, aspiring chairs

Target Group

New and aspiring chairs, vice chairs, committee chairs and those with a lead role in governing boards

Also suitable for those more experienced chairs who who wish to check they have a clear understanding of the role and wish to learn/share strategies for effecive practice

Subject areas
Target audience
target audience
OFSTED areas Quality of leadership and management in the school, Leadership and management
Professional Standards
Ealing Education Centre, Mansell Road, UB6 9EH
Admin contact Stella Bernard (
Event Commissioner Tina Birch (
Course Costs
Standard cost£131.00
*Ealing Learning Partnership pay as you go£119.00
CPD/Training SLA£0.00
Funding information
Start date Wednesday 26 April 2023
Times 16:30 - 20:00
Number of sessions 1