Join us - and be a part of something special!

Shaping Governance is our multi-award-winning school governance improvement framework.  It has many dimensions and uses, and contributes to improved teamwork.  Members of Shaping Governance receive many benefits - take a look below.


Shaping Governance supports Governors and Senior Leaders to explore 9 key areas of governance. Shaping Governance's unique design means that Governors and Senior Leaders learn what they should be doing, and evaluate their current practice.


During their discussions, Governors and Senior Leaders share their insight across the 9 key areas, leading to an upskilling and levelling of knowledge across Governors, enhanced motivation, and better succession planning


As well as identifying the good practice and what they do well, Governors explore what could be better, and work together to co-produce improvements. We provide an improvement plan and recommendations to get you started

"Shaping Governance helped our board to really understand the school, their roles, each other, and how we should govern. 
It articulated the added value that we as governors can bring. 
Ofsted even remarked on the improvement in governance at their monitoring visit"

Sandymoor Academy

As a Member of Shaping Governance, every year* you will receive:

  • An annual award-winning Shaping Governance session, helping you to learn, share and improve your board;
  • A tailored report and improvement plan; with tips and recommendations;
  • Follow-up call at 6 months ; to check progress;
  • Access to a Member-only FaceBook Group providing additional insights, tools and tips;
  • 24/7 virtual support from our Governance Team, we're not legal experts, but we are experienced governors;
  • A special Shaping Governance plaque for your reception area, showing your commitment to 'shaping' your governance.
*Annual fee payable, see full T&C's 


When you join Shaping Governance, you will have access to a special Members Area.  This provides access to a wide range of governance tools, a dedicated Members Blog, and our Ask us a Question facility.

Tools & Techniques

Based on our multi-award winning Governor sessions, we have produced a 'Toolkit' with a series of tools & techniques to complement the Shaping Governance course. The 'Toolkit' is aimed at helping our Shaping Governance Members to access best practice, and use this to improve their governance. It includes 'how to's' on being more strategic, monitoring more effectively, working with parents and other important areas.


The Shaping Governance Insights page allows Members to access special interest blogs, based on the insight from our work with schools. Members can also access the latest governance information and best practice we've uncovered. This provides the opportunity to continue their improvement journey, learn from each other and share their successes.

Ask a Question

As a Member of Shaping Governance, you have access to ongoing support from us. If you have a question, ask us, and we will do our best to help you unpick your challenge and find a solution. We're not legal experts, but we are Governors and can help you find a solution. We also have a FAQ section for you to carry out your own research.