Governance Development Programme - Live Workshops Bookings Page (Code: C0475)

Welcome to the booking page for your Governance Development Programme (GDP) live workshops – free training funded by the DfE.

GDP courses are mostly self-directed online study, whilst some are live workshops. They are all mapped to three categories – core, proficient and highly effective – to reflect different levels of experience.

To get started, access the programme and create your account for ETF's Learning Management System using this link. 

Dates for the live workshops in 2024/2025, starting in the Autumn Term, will be available to view and book here soon. 


No suitable dates or locations? Please register your interest and we will let you know about new events as they are announced.

Who is this for?

The Governance Development Programme (GDP) is aimed at the following:

  • Chairs
  • Vice Chairs
  • Governors
  • Governance Professionals

Further information can be found on our GDP webpage here.

The one-page programme overview is available here.

The full programme guide is available here.

The handy programme check-list is available for you to use here.

Training aim

This programme will provide a comprehensive and structured approach to the continuous development of board members.



Developed in collaboration with the sector, each short course is standalone, so you can access online learning in your own time or book on to one or more of the live workshops.

The online learning must be accessed on ETF's Learning Management System.

The following courses are run as live workshops, by our delivery partner the Association of Colleges, and when available can be booked here on this booking page:- 

  • C1b – Recognising effective board behaviours
  • C5 – Understanding the sector, policy and inspection
  • C7 – Delivering effective Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • P1a – Leading a committee
  • P8a - Culture, People and Organisational Development

Entry Requirements

Participants must be Governors, Chairs, Vice Chairs and Governance Professionals of FE and/or Sixth Form College Boards.

Contact us

If this course is not currently available at a suitable date/location, please register your interest and we will let you know about new events as they are announced.

If you have any questions, please contact:

T: 0800 0 831 830