Providing high quality Governance support, advice and training to school governing boards. Empowering leaders towards highly effective strategic leadership.

Outstanding Governance for Schools

Empowering your Board to enhance school effectiveness through outstanding governance, robust accountability and clear strategic leadership in a constantly changing and demanding environment.

Tailored to Meet Your Demands

Just as every school and academy is unique, so are the demands of every governing board. Octavo’s personal approach provides bespoke consultancy, advice and training tailored to meet your Board’s developmental needs.


The Right Support

Our dedicated, highly skilled and experienced consultants provide governance support, training and clerking for all educational establishments, including single academies, multi academy trusts, maintained schools and independent organisations.

Expert Advice and Guidance

Providing specialist, rapid and comprehensive advice and assistance via telephone, email or face to face all year round for governors and clerks to ensure robust governance practice. In addition, Octavo supply welcome packs providing context and guidance for new governors, chairs and clerks.

Training and Development

Comprehensive, up to date, face to face training, in two venues, for governors and clerks. Extensive range of electronic learning modules for governors and clerks. Developing the knowledge, skills and understanding needed for effective governance.

Clerking Matters!

As part of our clerking service, or for those ad hoc occasions when your own clerk is busy, Octavo can provide a professional clerk.

Empowering Self-evaluation

Octavo’s high quality, constructive, in depth governance reviews evaluate Boards and their impact on school improvement. By identifying the Board’s core strengths and areas for development, referring to Ofsted and other good practice criteria, Octavo’s reviews will provide Board’s with a strong platform for improved governance, helping Boards to be more skilled, focused and effective.

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Erasmus Finland - Governor reflection

What happens if you take 5 School Governors from Croydon, drop them in the town of Joensuu, Finland for a week and allow them to ferret around a number of schools to try to get under the skin of the Finnish education system. This film is a record of that trip, the revelations and surprises that it showed us not just about the Finnish education system but also what it said about our own back in the UK.