Governor Support Team - Welcome and Notices

The information and links on this website will support you and your school in becoming more effective and in improving the outcomes for children.

The Local Authority (LA) works in partnership with others, such as Teaching Schools, Cumbria Alliance of System Leaders (CASL), Local Alliance of System Leaders (LASL) and the diocesan boards, in order to provide  support for governance. More information on the partners can be found under 'Support for the Governing Board'.

The information contained on our website, in the first instance relates to Local Authority maintained schools.  Where there is no legal requirement, we advise on the basis of best practise based on the principles of effective governance, which could be applied to all categories of schools.  We hope our website will help you to make the most effective and efficient use of your valuable time. 

Our aim is to provide an outstanding service - your feedback on how we can improve is always welcomed.


In recognition of the frequent changes within the education world, we would like to signpost you to some useful information and reminders:

  • GST - there have been some changes in personnel, contact details can be found on our Contact Details page: 

    • The previous Governor Support Team Leader, Sue Leigh, has now retired, until permanent leadership arrangements have been agreed, Sandy Cameron the current Senior Advisor for Carlisle and Eden, will act as Interim Governor Support Team Manager.

    • Joanne Magnay, Governor Support Assistant has now left the service.  For the present time Faith Matthews and Jane Lees will continue to provide support for schools.

  • Changes to Ofsted's short inspection procedure have been announced.  The School Inspection Handbook, provides further detail on the changes.

  • Data Protection law is changing on 25 May 2018.  The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) have produced a package of tools and resources to help you get ready for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  Under this new law, it will be mandatory for schools to appoint a designated Data Protection Officer-non-compliance will see tough penalties.  It is also the schools responsibility to ensure 3rd parties that process data on their behalf, also comply with GDPR.  The DfE have produced suggested Data protection; privacy notice model documents to issue to staff, parents and pupils about the collection of data.

  • The governing board of maintained schools, has a duty to designate a member of staff as having responsibility to promote the educational achievement of looked after children, who are registered pupils at the school.  The Virtual Schools website provides further detail about the designated teacher and the role of the governing board.

  • The Department of Education has produced an amended version of the statutory guidance Careers guidance access for education and training.

  • Get Information About Schools (GIAS), replaces the Edubase service.  It is a requirement for all governing boards to ensure that the details of their governors are up to date on this system.

  •  Our Training Programme for the remainder of the academic year includes training courses for new governors and chairs.

  • A new updated version of the Constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools; statutory guidance was produced by the DfE in August 2017 and came into force on 1 September 2017.  This document incorporates the new power that means school governing boards are able to remove elected parent and staff governors in the same way as they can remove co-opted governors.  Any person removed by the governing board as an elected governor during their term of office, will be disqualified from serving or continuing to serve as a school governor for five years from the date of their removal, not just at the school they have been removed from, but any school.

  • The DfE have launched a new service Analyse SchoolPerformance (ASP) which will provide schools and other existing user groups with detailed performance analysis.