Governor Support

Governor Training

Together for Children provides a comprehensive governor support, advice and continuing professional development service for schools and academies. This includes:

Governor Clerking Service

Our Governor Support to Schools Service provides a comprehensive support service for governors.

The service is offered to governing boards, governing board committees, academy trusts and multi-academy trusts. We can advise on governing board constitution, schools and academies’ governance procedures, headteacher / principal salary range, governance collaboration and related aspects of education law.

To find out more download our Governor Support to Schools document below.

Governor Training & Development

To view our Governor Training programme for 2019-20, please click here.

The calendar details dates of headteacher meetings, the Education Leadership Board, Economic Leadership Board, Teacher Associations Liaison Group (TALG), Governor Training, Schools Forum and Finance Service User Group.

To reserve a place on one of our training courses, or for more information contact

Apply to be a school governor
If you wish to apply to be a school governor click here to fill out our online application

Our Governor training venues
Bede Tower, Burdon Road, Sunderland SR2 7EA
Hetton Centre, Welfare Road, Hetton-Le-Hole DH5 9NE
Monkwearmouth Academy, Torver Crescent, (e-safety training) SR6 8LG
Portland Academy, Weymouth Road, Chapelgarth, Sunderland, SR3 2NQ
Sandhill Centre, Grindon Lane, Sunderland SR3 4EN
Bunnyhill Centre, Hylton Lane, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR5 4BW

Quick links
Sunderland Governors' Association
Modern Governor Online Training
Governance Handbook and Competency Framework

For more information contact the Governor Support Team on 0191 561 2626 or email


In Education & Schools

  • Support to identify children missing from education.
  • We provide advice and practical support to all schools and their practitioners in Sunderland, to deliver improved outcomes for children and their families with English as an additional language.
  • Information and support around exclusions.
  • Together for Children provides a comprehensive governor support, advice and continuing professional development service for schools and academies.
  • We provide HR support and advice to schools, academies and multi academy trusts.
  • When a child has been experiencing difficulties at school, particularly of a behavioural nature, head teachers may suggest that a parent considers a managed move for their child.
  • Together for Children works with Sunderland Music Hub and the city's schools, teachers, practitioners, young people and organisations to ensure all young people can access a high quality music education.
  • Together for Children is here to support you and your organisation to develop a highly skilled and professional teaching workforce.
  • Governors have a vital role to play as the link between schools and the local community.
  • The Vulnerable Pupils Panel (VPP) was developed to consider referrals to Together for Children's locally commissioned alternative educational provisions.