Certificate in Academy Governance Study support


This unique Level 4 course has been newly created to help meet the specific needs for effective governance in academy schools. You will learn skills not readily available from other courses in schools management. In particular, the course focuses on the governance needs of multi-academy trusts (MATs), and how solid and consistent governance and standards can be implemented across several schools. Students who successfully complete the Certificate in Academy Governance qualification are eligible to become Affiliated members and continue to benefit from the knowledge and support of our governance and compliance community.

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Study text

If you have not yet downloaded your study text for this module and need it urgently, please email enquiries@cgi.org.uk or call +44 (0)20 7580 4741 during business hours.

Exam material

In the table below you will find:

  • Exam paper - this is the paper that was set at the exam session
  • Mark scheme - this is the document markers used to assess students' answers
  • Examiner's report - this is the examiner's comment on the examination performance
  • Student answers - for some sessions we can show examples of answers students wrote in the examination
Academy Governance exam material
Exam sessionExam paperMark schemeExaminer's
Student answers
June 2022 View View
June 2021 View View View
Novembr 2020 View View View Exam paper 1
Exam paper 2
November 2019 View View View Section C (fail)
Section C (merit)
Section C (distinction)
June 2019 View View View Question 17 and Question 19
Sample paper  View View

Webinar recordings

This section contains the recordings with all corresponding slides below. This section will be updated throughout the time the live course is running up from September 2021.  

If you are in the current cohort you can access the resources from the Learner Management System.

The recordings for the 2020 cohort can be accessed here.

Recordings Presentation slides
Session 1 - Introduction to the course and study skills  Session 1 slides
Session 2 - Legislative and Regulatory Framework Session 2 Slides
Session 3 - Governance (part 1) Session 3 slides
Session 4 - Governance (part 2) Session 4 slides
Session 5 - Governance (part 3) Session 5 slides
Session 6 - Task 1 feedback and analysis n/a
Session 7 - Risk, compliance and policies (part 1) Session 7 slides
Session 8 - Risk, compliance and policies (part 2) Session 8 slides
Session 9 - Financial management Session 9 slides
Session 10 - Task 2 feedback and analysis Session 10 slides
Session 11 - Exam strategy and techniques

Session 11 slides

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