About Us

About the Bury Governance Development Group

The overarching aim for Bury Governance Development is to improve the life chances of the children and young people of Bury by enabling them to achieve their full potential. This will be achieved by developing the capacity and capability of school governance in Bury so that governors play a key strategic role in school improvement.

There is an increasing expectation from the government that school governors are fully equipped with the skills to carry out their statutory duties effectively and economically. It is the vision of the Bury Governance Development Board that Bury will be a place where:-

  • all schools benefit from outstanding governance;
  • governors work together in partnership with each other and service providers to continually develop their capability and capacity;
  • all governors grow in effectiveness through excellent training, induction, coaching and mentoring programmes;
  • we aspire to draw all governors into collaborative working;
  • investing in governor training and development is recognised as representing excellent value for money;
  • the quality of governance is nationally recognised.

The Bury Governance Development Board is a group of school governors, representing primary and secondary schools, who work together and in partnership with the Local Authority and other key stakeholders in the school-led system to enhance governor development in ways which increase the capacity of individual schools to achieve quality for their students. This is done more economically and effectively through governing bodies using their combined purchasing power and expertise.  Please see BGDB Terms of Reference.pdf


Partnerships are very important for the group to be successful in Bury.  Our partners include:

Bury Primary Learning Collaborative (BPLC)


The Bury Primary Learning Collaborative appreciates the support of governors in helping to achieve its aims. It is important that governors understand and keep abreast of evolving practice in schools alongside the changing government agenda. We hope governors will regularly use this site to keep abreast of the many exciting developments within the BPLC, having supported the financial commitment their schools have made. Governors are welcome to access BPLC training in addition to the excellent selection of Governor training courses from the Development & Training Centre in Bury. However, there is a cost for attending courses that are run by the BPLC and this would be discussed with you on application.  The BGD programme has been compiled after consultation with representative governors. Our aim is to ensure up to date information and high quality development so all Bury School Governors can carry out their roles successfully.

Bury Secondary Learning Collaborative (BSLC)


The Bury Secondary Learning Collaborative is committed to providing high quality training opportunities for all staff in Bury secondary schools and colleges in a cost effective way. There is a strong ethos of collaboration, an emphasis on teachers training teachers and sharing good practice and expertise for the ultimate benefit of all students. In the four years since its inception, the BSLC has grown and now provides a hub for the delivery of national qualifications for Middle and Senior Leaders as well as Business Managers.

Bury Teaching School Alliance (BTSA)  


Primary and Secondary Schools across Bury have always worked together and have well-established primary, secondary and governors collaborative groups.  The Bury Teaching Schools Alliance was created in 2014 to make this partnership even stronger.  The aim of the Teaching Schools is to share knowledge, to generate new learning and to provide support within and beyond the alliance.  We identify and co-ordinate the best teachers and leaders to offer a range of training and support to teachers and leaders, as well as others working in education.

Bury Governor Association (BGA)  


The Bury Governor Association was setup in early 1999 by a group of governors who were concerned that there was no collaborative support for governors across Bury. All schools in Bury are invited to be members, and we have the following objectives :

  • To provide a democratic forum for discussion and mutual assistance for governing bodies of all schools in Bury.
  • To help governors exercise their responsibilities, in partnership with funding authorities, and stakeholders.
  • To provide a means by which the collective strength of governors can be exercised in discussions and consultations with funding authorities, government, and other bodies.
  • To raise public awareness of educational issues, including the funding of schools.
  • To promote liaison and co-operation between schools and with all other bodies concerned with education, both locally and nationally.

We meet termly to discuss relevant governor, school and education topics, and all are welcome. The executive committee meets twice termly to support governors and governing bodies through requests from full Governing Body meetings, and direct requests from individual schools.