Excellent governance is essential in every educational setting, whether you are a maintained school, academy or multi-academy trust (MAT).

Supporting governors is important to meet the ever-increasing demands and expectations that schools face. After all, governors play a crucial role in the strategic leadership of schools and are key to an institution's success in helping pupils get the most out of their education. 

Why choose HFL governance support?

We understand the complexities of school governance. We can provide your governing board with updates on national guidance and compliance, assist with governor recruitment and provide advice on practices and processes, from student exclusions to complaints.

We can help governing boards understand, navigate and manage risk, compliance and assurance in a school or academy. We have all the guidance, training and policy advice you need to support your school or academy as effectively as possible.

We also equip governors with the advice, resources, knowledge and skills required to fulfil their roles successfully.


Guidance for governors delivered by experts

Our independent and impartial helpdesk supports governors and trustees on statutory legislation and governance-related issues.

Through the helpdesk, we offer advice and services for maintained schools and single, multi-academy trusts on safeguarding, recruitment and elections, school-based complaints and advice on reconstitution for maintained schools.


As a new Chair of Governors, the helpdesk service has been invaluable and is staffed by friendly, knowledgeable and supportive people. The support I have received has been really useful and the advice always sound.

Karen Forrester (CoG – Parkside)

Enhancing governors' knowledge and skills

Flexible governor training and recruitment. 

We offer a range of face-to-face and online training courses for governors. This can be done as part of an annual training subscription or on a pay-as-you-use basis, ensuring governors and governing boards meet their statutory responsibilities. We can provide guidance on on how to recruit to different types of governor roles.

Developing the role of the Chair

Our Chairs' Service provides support to Chairs of governors, Vice-Chairs and committee Chairs, which includes training opportunities and informative briefings to keep you up-to-date. Our service also provides access to the latest governance news and guidance, through an online Chairs’ Portal. 

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Our team of governance professionals deliver specialist guidance. We support and empower your governing body to ensure you are equipped with the knowledge and skills to carry out its duties effectively.

Contact our Governance team today to find out how we can help you.