Welcome to GEL
GEL provides essential training to governors enabling them to become more effective and demonstrate this with evidence to Ofsted. It equips your governing body with the knowledge and confidence to drive school improvement. You can trust the accuracy and content of the materials and it allows governors to be flexible in their learning in a time and place to suit them.
Find out more about GEL
If you are an individual school or governor, groups of schools or Local Authority and would like to gain a more comprehensive overview of what GEL can offer you, including the benefits, a summary of the learning modules, and flavour of the guidance notes and hot topics; then please click here for the GEL flyer.
Chairs of Governors’ Leadership Development Programme
The NGA and ELC deliver this leadership programme under regional licence from the NCTL, across England in partnership with Local Authorities, Teaching Schools, and Academy Trusts. This national programme focuses on the essential leadership competencies and experiences a chair or aspiring chair will need to be a highly effective leader. Click here for more.
The National Governors’ Association
To ensure our services are relevant, high-quality and accurate, GEL is working in partnership with The National Governors’ Association - representative body for over 300,000 state-funded school governors in England; supporting and promoting governing excellence through lobbying, national conferences and regional events.
The Eastern Leadership Centre
ELC is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2003 aimed at improving the lives of children and young people. We do this by supporting all aspects of educational leadership for professionals and volunteers like you: commited, caring adults who benefit from our range of leadership training services, event hosting and conferencing facilities.
- Guidance Notes
- Governing Body Overview of Learning Modules Contained On GEL
- Equality and Diversity (Revised 2013)
- The Role of the Staff Governor (2013)
- Early Years Education (2013)
- Headteacher Appraisal and Capability (2013)
- New Ofsted Inspection Framework for Schools (2013)
- Pupil Premium (2013)
- National Training Programme for New Governors (Revised 2013)
- The Governors' Role in School Improvement (2012)
- Statutory Policies for Schools (March 2014)
- National Curriculum (February 2014)
- National Curriculum and Assessment (January 2014)
- School Teachers Review Body Report (February 2014)
- Year 7 Catch-up Premium (February 2014)
- Alternative Provision (January 2014)
- Future Scholar Awards Scheme (February 2014)
- Lord Glenamara Memorial Prize (February 2014)
- Free School Meals (January 2014)
- Drugs Advice for Schools (January 2014)
Free 30 day trial
Being an effective governing body relies on fit for purpose training and support. Ofsted will expect schools to demonstrate that their governing body is effective with evidence. GEL can provide essential e-learning that fulfills these needs.
Sign up now for a 30-day free trial and see how GEL can help you.
Help with registering
If your Local Authority or individual school is on our list of subscribers you can sign up for a GEL account here.
Go to the 'Membership Tab' at the top of the GEL homepage to check - then proceed to the next steps.
Step 1 Click on the Register button below and complete the registration process by adding in your details.
Step 2 An automatic e-mail will be sent to your Local Authority or School who will approve your registration.
Step 3 Once approved you will then receive e-mail confirmation and can access GEL via the 'My Page' tab at the top of the GEL homepage.
Policies for Schools
Discounted subscription to Policies for Schools
We all know that keeping school policies up to date with the constant changes in government legislation is both tedious and time-consuming. In recognition of this, GEL has established a partnership with Policies for Schools, an online resource which provides over 240 downloadable model school policies covering a wide range of essential areas including Safeguarding & Welfare of Children, School Inspection, School Health and Safety and School Improvement.
GEL members who wish to subscribe will receive a discount of £20 off the current annual subscription of £195, which will include all new and updated school policies added to the site during the year's subscription available to download straight away.
Click on www.policiesforschools.co.uk for more information.
GEL & Academies
GEL and the Academies Alliance have formed a collaboration that gives GEL members free instant access to the network's wealth of guidance and information.
This will help your school governors gain a school-contextualised and balanced view of the potential advantages and disadvantages of academy conversion.
To access these resources click on the following links and follow the instructions:
for Primary Schools
for Secondary Schools