For governors, by governors

A local not for profit charity working with the National Governors Association

‘Many things can wait. Children cannot. Today their bones are being formed, their blood is being made, their senses are being developed. To them we cannot say “tomorrow.” Their name is today.’
- Gabriela Mistral (Chilean teacher 1899 – 1957)

Derby and Derbyshire Governance Partnership is a broad and inclusive local partnership of school governors and clerks to governing bodies from all school phases working closely with the National Governors Association.

We are part of a not for profit Charitable Trust.

DGP: For Governors, By Governors


We aim to build encouragement and support through focused and effective collaborative practice between governors and clerks that improves school governance and learning outcomes for all.


We will achieve this through fostering motivation and engagement of all in continuous improvement of school governance to achieve the very best teaching and learning.


We recognise that good and outstanding practice can be found in many places and contexts.


We believe that every school should have outstanding governance.

Schools within DGP benefit from:

  • Improved governor and clerk development opportunities
  • Access to a wide range of professional support from other governors and clerks
  • Recruitment and retention of governors and clerks
  • Access to national grants
  • Income from traded activities and cost savings through shared functions
  • Improved governance and clerking bringing improved outcomes for learners.
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What people say about us ...

"A real agenda to work with my governing body to improve our meetings."
— Practical Skills of chairing a meeting
"Handouts very useful and will form the basis of discussion with my GB."
— Understanding Performance Data
"Very helpful information and a good basis to start asking more questions."
— Preparation for Ofsted