About Govas

GOVAS works closely with the Stockport Children and Young People Directorate, but we are a fully independent association of governors affiliated to the equally independent National Governors Association. Every governor in Stockport is automatically a GOVAS member (as long as your institution pays their subscriptionof £10.00 PA)and our Management Committee is made up exclusively of serving volunteer governors in Stockport’s schools – nursery, primary secondary and special. Our biggest strength is our links with all the school governors in Stockport through our newsletter, special communications, and this website.  


Please rate on a scale of 1-5

(5 excellent – 1 poor)

Pre- conference organisation



  • Transition
  • Primary Assessment
  • Secondary Assessment
  • Competency Framework
  • Holding school leaders to Account
  • SEND







Keynote speech


Q and A session


Venue overall




What was the most useful aspect of the conference for you?

Workshop                 27 delegates

Networking               27 delegates

Keynote speech       12 delegates

Table discussion       11 delegates

Opening speech       4 delegates

All of it!                     3 delegates

“Even better if……” What could we do to make future conferences better?

More discussion                       10 delegates      

Longer workshops                     9 delegates

2 workshops                            6 delegates

More frequent conferences       3 delegates

Shorter food queue                   3 delegates                

More networking opportunities 2 delegates

Improved lighting in the hall     2 delegates

Any other comments?


  • Best GOVAS conference so far
  • Thanks to everyone – the whole day was fantastic
  • Liked the idea of drop in information sharing sessions
  • Thanks an excellent conference
  • May thanks – well planned!
  • Thank you for a fantastic conference
  • Thanks team
  • Thank you – having not been on a governor conference for a long time, this has given me a lot of food for thought about how important being a governor is and what I can offer to not only my, but other schools.
  • Thank you to GOVAS members and all who took part in the organisation and running of the conference
  • Thank you for a great morning
  • Thank you – I enjoyed it!
  • Thank you for keeping the motivation going!
  • My first conference as a new governor and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Found it extremely informative and beneficial.
  • Saturday morning is a good choice for most governors. Thank you team Stockport for another great, well organised conference.
  • Thank you to GOVAS for all your work in organising the event and keeping us up to date with the news throughout the year it is much appreciated.
  • I have now attended a number of GOVAS conferences and each time I have come away more enthused by what I have learned and from the other governors whom I have met. These have all been great events and this year is no exception. Many thanks.
  • Excellent event every year – keep doing it!
  • My first conference with GOVAS – I thought it would be a bit dry, I was very pleasantly surprised and relieved(!) to find out how inspiring and informative it was.
  • Preferred the round table set up to previous years
  • Liked the round table format – last year it was difficult to take notes
  • Hugely appreciative of the work that goes into making this event so useful and informative – thank you!
  • We were asked about collaboration as governors – would like to have details / list of other local governors to help facilitate this – possibly a forum?
  • Always find these GOVAS conferences to be very worthwhile and informative
  • Thanks for organising this morning again
  • Another fantastic event – well done and thank you
  • Thank you – it’s a great day!
  • It was very good overall
  • Excellent organisation
  • Great conference – well done and thanks to everyone for organising
  • Liked being round a table for the main discussion
  • Q and A session good, but with time so tight, missing it out wouldn’t have been the end of the world!
  • I haven’t attended one of these previously and was pleasantly surprised by what I have heard and seen today. Thanks to all involved in the organisation of the event and for the opportunity