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.

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

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


Regional Governance Events

ETF fund regional governance events which are run by AoC. Book or register your interest on our booking website.

Student governor inductions

ETF fund student governor inductions. Further information will be posted here.

Staff governor support

Each year ETF supports the annual staff governors conference with UNISON, UCU and AoC, this is usually held in December. Watch out for further information.