Governance Development Framework

This DfE-funded Governance Development Framework (GDF) is aimed at developing the skills of both new and existing board members and, where appropriate, clerks/company secretaries in Further Education and Sixth Form Colleges. Some elements may also be applicable to other types of FE provider. The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has commissioned the Association of Colleges to develop this comprehensive training programme for college governors, with the initial phase due to launch in April 2019.

The GDF provides a structured yet flexible approach to learning for board members and clerks/company secretaries either as they begin their roles or for experienced members of governing bodies and governance professionals to develop to become more specialised and add substantial value to the organisations and students which they serve.

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Key benefits

The specific aims of the Governance Development Framework are to:

  • ensure board members are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to fulfil their responsibilities 
  • provide a comprehensive and structured approach to board member induction and their ongoing development
  • ensure clerks/company secretaries are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to provide high quality support for governance to their organisation
  • develop the necessary skills and behaviours so that boards operate effectively, and board members can provide support and challenge to senior leaders and the wider organisation
  • support board members to draw on their previous experience to add value to the wider board
  • provide a diagnostic assessment, utilising a skills audit, for board members to build relevant learning plans. 

Programme content

Between January and March 2019, this programme will be in development.
We are looking for pilot colleges to complete and evaluate eight free modules in their testing phase.These development modules include: 

Core level 

•    Understanding your role and the role of the board.
•    Recognising effective board behaviours.
•    Understanding your curriculum offer and student profile.
•    Introduction to curriculum design and planning.
•    Financial management for board members.
•    Understanding board responsibilities for the workforce.

Proficient level

•    Leading a committee.
•    Leading safeguarding.
•    Strategic financial management and understanding funding.
•    Culture, people and organisational development.

Advanced level

•    Preparing to lead the board. 

Register your interest in the pilots or the programme when it is launched, or contact for more information.