Welcome to the Governance Development Programme (GDP).

Whether you’re new to college governance, or have years of experience on a Board, the GDP will have something to help you take your skills and knowledge to the next level. It gives you access to online learning, podcasts, webinars and self-directed reflective tasks as well as face to face sessions when circumstances allow. The GDP aims to build your knowledge and skills so you are empowered to bring even greater value to the organisations and students that you serve.

Why not get started by creating a learning plan for yourself? You'll answer a series of confidence-based questions that will recommend the topics you’ll find most useful. Or if you'd prefer to just get started, explore the sections below in any order you choose.

In order to access this programme, your institution needs to purchase the programme. This will then give you an access key to allow you full access to the full range of modules. Live webinars will also take place throughout the year at an additional but modest fee.

Please note, the pilot version of the programme has now closed and the access key from the pilot phase is no longer valid.

To purchase the programme licence, please click here

The cost of the programme is £200 per college per year and that gives access to the programme modules for all your governors and governance professionals so you only need to make one payment and you will have full access for your whole governing body for 12 months for the fee.

Overview of the Governance Development Programme

You may find it helpful to get started by creating a learning plan for yourself. You’ll answer a series of confidence-based questions that will recommend the topics you’ll find most useful.

Please note, the pilot version of the programme has now closed and the access key from the pilot phase is no longer valid. In order to access this content, your organisation will need to purchase the programme licence, please click here.

This strand includes:
C1A: Understanding your role
C1B: Effective board behaviour
SC2: Safeguarding
PC3: Prevent duty
P2: The Safeguarding governor
P1a: Leading a committee
PH1: Preparing to lead the board

Please note, the pilot version of the programme has now closed and the access key from the pilot phase is no longer valid. In order to access this content, your organisation will need to purchase the programme licence, please click here.

This strand includes:
C4: Strategy, mission and values
C5: The sector, policy and inspection
P3:Developing educational character
P4:Supporting effective risk management
H2: Scrutinising strategic change

Please note, the pilot version of the programme has now closed and the access key from the pilot phase is no longer valid. In order to access this content, your organisation will need to purchase the programme licence, please click here.

This strand includes:
C6:   Introduction to curriculum design and planning
C6b: Understanding your curriculum offer and student profile
P5:   Developing the curriculum
H3:   Partnership working

Please note, the pilot version of the programme has now closed and the access key from the pilot phase is no longer valid. In order to access this content, your organisation will need to purchase the programme licence, please click here.

This strand includes:
C7: Delivering effective teaching, learning and assessment
C8: The self-assessment and quality improvement process
P6: Supporting improvements in teaching, learning and assessment
H4: Board involvement at inspection

Please note, the pilot version of the programme has now closed and the access key from the pilot phase is no longer valid. In order to access this content, your organisation will need to purchase the programme licence, please click here.

This strand includes:
C9a: Financial management for board members
C9b: Introduction to audit
P7a: Strategic financial management and understanding funding
P7b: Audit for audit committee members
H5: Advanced financial decision making

Please note, the pilot version of the programme has now closed and the access key from the pilot phase is no longer valid. In order to access this content, your organisation will need to purchase the programme licence, please click here.

This strand includes:
C10: Board responsibilities
P8: Culture, people and organisational development
H6: Leading significant organisational change

Please note, the pilot version of the programme has now closed and the access key from the pilot phase is no longer valid. In order to access this content, your organisation will need to purchase the programme licence, please click here.

Online resources to support your work as a Student Governor.

The resources can be worked through at your own pace.