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Supporting Governors and the Communities they Serve

Chaired by Linda Robinson, with extensive experience as a Chair of Governors in maintained and special needs schools, the TSC governors’ event is the opportunity for governors to meet and share their knowledge and experience of governing. Each event will include a 45-minute training session to support governors in developing their role. This will be followed by coffee talk and time  for governors to share solutions, discuss what is going well, what concerns governors have and how coming together  as volunteers can benefit the communities they serve.

Focus for each event

Outline of the 45- minute training   

Location – Hosted by

Date and Time  


Holding the Leadership to Account – What, Why and How?  



  • What are the key documents?
  • Why is the balance between support and challenge important?
  • How do you govern effectively to support the delivery of the curriculum and school community?
  • Sharing with the group monitoring activities and appropriate questions to ask the leadership

 Layer-de-la-Haye Primary School

Autumn term 2   2023



Start- 6.30pm to 7.15pm

Coffee talk from 7.15pm to 8.00pm


Preparing Governors for Conversations with Ofsted

  • The conversation with Ofsted from a governance perspective
  • What is the meaning in the question?
  • How to respond  
  • What do governors need to prepare?  
  • Sharing with the group questions governors have been asked during inspections  

Layer-de-la-Haye Primary School

Spring Term 1 2024  


Start- 6.30pm to 7.15pm

Coffee talk from 7.15pm to 8.00pm



Governor Recruitment, Retention and Succession Planning

  • Marketing your School to your Community and beyond
  • Why become a governor at your school?
  • What skills are you looking for?
  • How do you support new governors?  
  • Sharing with the group how governors have recruited, retained, and engaged with new governors

Layer-de-la-Haye Primary School

Summer 1 2024 


Start- 6.30pm to 7.15pm

Coffee talk from 7.15pm to 8.00pm





Linda has been a governor and chair of governors since 2009 in a maintained school and Special Needs School.   

This includes extensive experience as a member and chair of statutory and voluntary interim executive boards, working alongside educational professionals, local authority leadership, CEOs and Headteachers across all phases. This includes regular commissions to carry out external reviews of governance for MATs and single maintained schools.

Linda has previous experience as an NLG, having been appointed by the NCTL in 2015 and the NGA in 2021. Linda is currently a governance advisor, coach and mentor to a MAT and maintained and Diocese schools across Essex.

Voluntary roles include being a member of the Essex Education Taskforce. (EETF) This is a DFE funded initiative to strategically support education services considering the impact of the pandemic. Linda represents “the voice of governance” on the taskforce. The Year of Reading project was our first initiative delivered in 2021/2022 and will continue as it has been a very successful project. This will now be followed by The Year of Numbers project being launched for the 2023/2024 academic year.

Linda has experience of being a Trustee within a MAT (secondary and primary) Including, leading on the academy conversion processes in an advisory role and is invited to present at governor networking events and conferences.

Linda creates and delivers be-spoke governance training programmes to all phases via webinars and face to face both locally and nationally.

Professional qualifications include a BSc Open Degree, focusing upon social sciences and childhood and youth studies.

This is supported by regular CPD training delivered by the NGA and ECSB to keep up to date with safeguarding, statutory compliance, educational development, and governance matters.

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