Professionalising Governance:

Corporate partnerships with The Key

Supporting your workforce to become school governors is a cost-effective way to develop your CSR agenda at the same time as developing employee skills in leadership and management and motivating staff.

Two thirds of governors say their experience as a governor has given them new skills for the workplace*

*In February 2016, The Key sought the views of 979 governors across the country in our annual State of Education survey.

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How will your organisation benefit?

Having school governors among your staff will benefit you in the following ways:

  • It is a cost-effective way to develop and test business skills – leadership and management capabilities, strategic thinking, budget control and resource allocation, data analysis, recruitment, performance management and more.
  • It is a practical way to enhance transferable soft skills such as team working, negotiation, problem solving and decision making.
  • It improves employees’ business acumen and commercial thinking, from involvement in running a £1m+ business.
  • It supports local communities – showing your commitment to CSR – and gives you a role in developing tomorrow’s workforce.
  • It boosts employee morale and gives them a sense of satisfaction.

About The Key for School Governors

The Key for School Governors is a national information service that provides governors with guidance, insight and instant answers to their questions on all aspects of governance. Members use our service and resources to stay up to date, gain confidence in their role, and quickly get to grips with important issues.

Our articles bring together information from the most authoritative sources, guidance from leading organisations and experts, and case studies of good practice.

How can The Key help support your staff to be effective governors?

Participating staff will have unlimited access to all features of our service:

  • 1,500+ online articles, with information and resources to help governors get to grips with their role
  • 750+ examples of policies from schools and other organisations
  • Downloadable, practical resources, including checklists and templates
  • Need-to-know alerts and weekly round-ups of education news
  • Our unlimited 'Ask the expert' service
  • Personalised home page, featuring data-driven trends, information and updates specific to governors’ role, school, and interests
  • Mobile optimisation, for easy on-the-go browsing

We also provide the following updates and communications for each member:

  • A welcome pack
  • A termly copy of Key Notes, our membership magazine
  • Our fortnightly e-newsletter, Governors’ briefing
  • Regular email alerts on hot topic issues (tailored by school phase, type and role)
  • Our blog, Key insights, provides opinions, discussion and insights on what’s going on in the sector

Corporate membership includes the following options**:

  • A dedicated account manager to lead the on-boarding process, encourage engagement across employees, and be a first point of contact for central staff in your HR or CSR teams
  • Welcome calls and / or engagement calls offered for everyone, with online tours of the service and individual questions answered
  • Face to face presentations to groups of employees on how to get the most out of the service, delivered by our member engagement team
  • Bespoke webinars, with relevant researchers at The Key talking through chosen articles
  • PR opportunities (media, marketing and events)
  • A personalised email address and dedicated phone number, for staff to connect with our member support team
  • Twice annual data insight reports on usage (articles accessed, new questions asked)
** Subject to a minimum number of employees

Professionals’ experience of being a school governor

At Lloyds Banking Group we recognise that colleagues who serve as school governors gain and develop valuable business skills in a real-life scenario, as well as contributing towards positive school outcomes through strong governance. School governors are strategic leaders, and the core aspects of their role allow them to develop many skills that are invaluable in their daily roles within the Group – making executive decisions, providing strategic management, monitoring and evaluating progress through data analysis, allocating and controlling budgets, and ensuring accountability. They also develop the softer business skills involved in supporting and challenging the headteacher and working with a range of people from varied professional backgrounds.

David Rowsell, Head of Education, Responsible Business, Lloyds Banking Group