Governor Training

Governor training and events November 2018

Safer Recruitment - A Strategic Overview

Tuesday 20 November 2018 Course Code : 18T/14353

Description: Governing bodies have statutory responsibilities relating to safeguarding of children in their schools and it this includes ensuring schools only employ those who are safe to work with children. This course will ensure governors understand their responsibilities for Safer Recruitment and know how to monitor the effectiveness of Safer Recruitment in their school. THIS COURSE FOCUSES ON GOVERNING BODY DUTIES. IT IS NOT THE CERTIFIED SAFER RECRUITMENT TRAINING THAT EQUIPS SCHOOL LEADERS TO INTERVIEW STAFF.  

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand what safer recruitment is *Know the statutory duties of schools
  • Be equipped with strategies for governors to monitor school safer recruitment practice

Effective Minute Taking for Clerks

Tuesday 20 November 2018 Course Code : 18T/14354

Description: A practical workshop designed primarily for clerks to governing bodies, trusts, local governing boards, and committees. The focus of the session will be to further develop skills in creating minutes that *Are clear and concise *Reference documents used to support discussion *Summarise the discussions, decisions, and outcomes of effective governance *Record evidence of governors challenge and holding to account *Reflect the knowledge and support of the clerk Using a variety of tutor input and hands-on activities participants will consolidate or expand existing knowledge, enhance and share skills, and recognise the key elements of effective minutes. There is no charge for Schools & Academies that have a Clerks’ Training and Development Service Level Agreement or Academy Service Level Agreement with Strictly Education 4S. 

School Finance - What Governors in Maintained Schools need to know

Tuesday 20 November 2018 Course Code : 18T/14355

Description: This course provides governors with an overview of school finances, how schools are funded and strategies that governors can use in monitoring expenditure and ensuring that available funding is used to meet the needs of the school's pupils. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand where school finance fits within the statutory role and responsibilities of the governing body
  • Know how schools and academies are currently funded
  • Be aware of how to monitor and evaluate school financial performance

The Role of Members in Academy Trusts

Tuesday 20 November 2018 Course Code : 18T/14356

Description: This session focuses on the role of Members in an Academy Trust. Members have a role distinct from trustees and this development programme will explore their role, responsibilities and powers. 

Learning outcomes:

  • understand their role and explore their responsibilities
  • be aware of the Department for Education and Regional Schools Commissioners’ expectations on how Members should be appointed
  • have strategies for ensuring governance of their trust is effective

Questions and Challenge – developing effective practice in holding the school to account

Wednesday 21 November 2018 Course Code : 18T/14526

Description: Challenging effectively is more than simply asking the right questions. Effective practice has its roots in deep and accurate knowledge about the educational and financial performance of the school. Board members hold the school or academy to account by establishing clear expectations, ensuring clear lines of responsibility, putting in place systems for monitoring appropriately, accurate and robust evaluation, and by taking action in response to that evaluation. 

Safeguarding - The Role of the Governing Body

Thursday 22 November 2018 Course Code : 18T/14357

Description: This session will provide governors with an overview of safeguarding issues in schools and also a clear understanding of their statutory duties. 

Learning outcomes:

  • To ensure governors and trustees share an understanding of what safeguarding is and why it is vital in schools
  • To ensure governors understand how Ofsted inspect safeguarding
  • To provide governors with an insight into changes in Ofsted’s expectations of governors, relating to safeguarding

Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare - What Governors Need to Know

Friday 23 November 2018 Course Code : 18T/14358

Description: This session will brief governors on the judgement within the Ofsted framework. The 'Personal development, behaviour and welfare' judgement represents a key strand of government policy and governors will need to ensure that they know its significance in future inspections and have an awareness of their school's provision and its impact within this vital area of its work. 

Clerking a Pupil Disciplinary

Monday 26 November 2018 Course Code : 18T/14359

Description: This session will introduce the legal framework that governs the exclusion of pupils as outlined in the DfE Exclusions Guidance 2012 (or any subsequent updates) and Surrey Exclusions Guidance, highlight the duties of clerks and consider potential problem areas. There is no charge for Schools and Academies that have purchased The Clerks' Training and Development Service Level Agreement/ Academy Service Level Agreement with Strictly Education 4S. 

Learning outcomes:

  • an understanding of the administrative, legal and practical aspects of the exclusion process
  • knowledge of the legal framework for exclusions
  • the opportunity to discuss the role of the clerk to a Pupil Discipline Committee
  • information about other resources and support

Compliance – why getting it right is important - what governors & clerks need to know

Tuesday 27 November 2018 Course Code : 18T/14527

Description : The Governance Handbook and Competency Frameworks for Governance and Clerking set out the board’s responsibilities for ensuring that the wider organisation both understands and is compliant with the wide range of statutory requirements and responsibilities. The role of the clerk is key and participants are encouraged to attend with their clerk.   

e-Safety - What Governors Need to Know

Tuesday 27 November 2018 Course Code : 18T/14360

Description: This session will raise governors’ awareness of e-safety related issues that are currently impacting on schools and the ways which schools are embracing technology and social media to educate children and young people to be safe online. The session will look at e-safety policies and good practice for monitoring the school's e-safety provision and equip governors with questions to ask when seeking assurance that appropriate measures are in place to protect children and young people.    

Learning outcomes:

  • An understanding of current e-safety risks
  • Knowledge of the statutory requirements
  • Strategies for effectively monitoring e-safety

Primary Curriculum – monitoring its effectiveness

Wednesday 28 November 2018 Course Code : 18T/14361

Description: This session will focus on the importance of governance oversight of the school curriculum, which is linked to competency 2 within the Competency Framework for Governance: everyone on the governing body/ trust board is expected to know the rationale for the chosen curriculum offer and that it is broad and balanced and meets the needs of all pupils. 

Learning outcomes:

  • be aware of the National Curriculum and its implications for governor monitoring
  • understand the importance of a broad and balanced curriculum
  • know how the curriculum promotes the school ethos and meets the needs of pupils
  • be aware of the current Ofsted framework and the criteria for evaluating the school’s curriculum
  • have practical strategies for monitoring the effectiveness of the curriculum

Governor training and events December 2018

Parental Concerns and Complaints – the role of the board

Wednesday 5 December 2018 Course Code : 18T/14528

Description: Governing Boards are required to ensure that the school or academy has effective systems in place for listening to the views of parents and carers, and responding to concerns. Policies and procedures should reflect the ethos, culture and values of the school/trust and recognise that parents and carers are key stakeholders. Boards should be aware of the tools and techniques the school or academy uses for engaging with parents and carers, and how it aims to resolve concerns at an early stage. 

Introduction to School Governance

Thursday 6 December 2018 Course Code : 18T/14362

Description : This course will provide newly appointed/elected school governors with an understanding of their roles and responsibilities.  

Governor training and events January 2019

Hot Topics for Maintained & Academy Governors

Monday 7 January 2019 Course Code : 18T/14629

Description : Governors are increasingly required to respond to and embrace new initiatives and comply with new statutory requirements placed upon them. This session will cover a range of "hot" topics each term, ensuring governors and clerks are kept abreast of the latest developments in education.  

Clerks' Briefing - Maintained Schools

Wednesday 9 January 2019 Course Code : 18T/14630

Description : Clerks' briefings provide clerks with the opportunity to receive up to date information on the statutory duties of governing bodies and other key procedural matters. There is no charge for Schools that have a Clerks’ Training and Development Service Level Agreement with Strictly Education 4S. 

Learning outcomes :

  • up-to-date information on current issues
  • opportunity to network and share best practice
  • continued professional development

Clerks' Briefing - Academies

Wednesday 9 January 2019 Course Code : 18T/14631

Description : Academy Clerks' briefings provide clerks with the opportunity to receive up to date information on the statutory duties of governing bodies and other key procedural matters. There is no charge for Academies that have a Clerks’ Training and Development Academy Service Level Agreement with Strictly Education 4S. 

Learning outcomes :

  • up-to-date information on current issues
  • opportunity to network and share best practice
  • continued professional development

Hot Topics for Maintained & Academy Governors

Thursday 10 January 2019 Course Code : 18T/14632

Description : Governors are increasingly required to respond to and embrace new initiatives and comply with new statutory requirements placed upon them. This session will cover a range of "hot" topics each term, ensuring governors and clerks are kept abreast of the latest developments in education.

Hot Topics for Maintained & Academy Governors

Friday 11 January 2019 Course Code : 18T/14633

Description : Governors are increasingly required to respond to and embrace new initiatives and comply with new statutory requirements placed upon them. This session will cover a range of "hot" topics each term, ensuring governors and clerks are kept abreast of the latest developments in education.  

Hot Topics for Maintained & Academy Governors

Monday 14 January 2019 Course Code : 18T/14634

Description : Governors are increasingly required to respond to and embrace new initiatives and comply with new statutory requirements placed upon them. This session will cover a range of "hot" topics each term, ensuring governors and clerks are kept abreast of the latest developments in education.  

Clerks' Briefing - Maintained Schools

Tuesday 15 January 2019 Course Code : 18T/14635

Description : Clerks' briefings provide clerks with the opportunity to receive up to date information on the statutory duties of governing bodies and other key procedural matters. There is no charge for Schools that have a Clerks’ Training and Development Service Level Agreement with Strictly Education 4S. 

Learning outcomes :

  • up-to-date information on current issues
  • opportunity to network and share best practice
  • continued professional development

Analyse School Performance (Secondary)

Tuesday 15 January 2019 Course Code : 18T/14637

Description : This course will provide governors with an overview of the replacement for RAISEonline, which will be known as Analysing School Performance (ASP). ASP will provide school leaders with access to a variety of pupil performance data. 

Learning outcomes :

  • Be familiar with ASP
  • Understand the key data sets contained within ASP for secondary schools
  • Be prepared to ask questions relating to the data

Clerks' Briefing - Maintained & Academy Schools

Wednesday 16 January 2019 Course Code : 18T/14636

Description : Clerks' briefings provide clerks with the opportunity to receive up to date information on the statutory duties of governing bodies and other key procedural matters. Academy Clerks' briefings provide clerks with the opportunity to receive up to date information on the statutory duties of governing bodies and other key procedural matters. There is no charge for Schools that have a Clerks’ Training and Development Service Level Agreement with Strictly Education 4S.

Learning outcomes :

  • up-to-date information on current issues
  • opportunity to network and share best practice
  • continued professional development

Effective Minute Taking for Clerks

Tuesday 22 January 2019 Course Code : 18T/14638

Description : A practical workshop designed primarily for clerks to governing bodies, trusts, local governing boards, and committees. The focus of the session will be to further develop skills in creating minutes that *Are clear and concise *Reference documents used to support discussion *Summarise the discussions, decisions, and outcomes of effective governance *Record evidence of governors challenge and holding to account *Reflect the knowledge and support of the clerk Using a variety of tutor input and hands-on activities participants will consolidate or expand existing knowledge, enhance and share skills, and recognise the key elements of effective minutes.  

Risk Management - What Governors & Trustees Need to Know

Tuesday 22 January 2019 Course Code : 18T/14639

Description : This course will provide academy trustees and governors in maintained schools with an understanding of why Risk Management is vital in all schools. 

Learning outcomes :

  • Understand the key risks that academy trusts and schools need to assess and manage
  • Know what form risk assessment should take
  • Be aware of the implications of not accurately managing risk

Introduction to School Governance

Wednesday 23 January 2019 Course Code : 18T/14640

Description :  This course will provide newly appointed/elected school governors with an understanding of their roles and responsibilities.  

Learning outcomes :

  • Be aware of the three core functions of governance
  • Know what constitutes effective governance
  • Understand how governing bodies hold their schools to account
  • Be aware of how to develop their own skills and knowledge, as a governor, in the future

Panel Hearings - Skills & Behaviours for Governors

Tuesday 29 January 2019 Course Code : 18T/14642

Description : This course focuses on what governors need to know in relation to their role in conducting pupil exclusion, staffing and complaint panels in schools. Governors will learn best practice and be aware of the statutory requirements applicable in school panel hearings.

Learning outcomes :

  • Be aware of the statutory frameworks underpinning panel hearings
  • Know how panels must be conducted
  • Be prepared to participate in panel hearings and be aware of the skills and behaviours required for successful outcomes

Effective ‘Local’ Governance within a Multi-Academy Trust

Wednesday 30 January 2019 Course Code : 18T/14641

Description : Trustees in Multi-Academy Trusts (MAT) have a statutory duty to establish a Scheme of Delegation and publish it on the trust’s website. Each Scheme of Delegation should be unique and clearly define the role of local governance. This session will explore the key features of effective schemes of delegation with particular focus on how these should inform the scope and role of Local Governing Bodies/Committees. 

Learning outcomes :

  • Uderstand the purpose of a scheme of delegation and how it should be used
  • Have strategies for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the scheme of delegation
  • Consider how to build an effective programme of work for local governance which drives improvement in their academy and supports Trust governance

Staff Restructuring – What Governors need to know

Wednesday 30 January 2019 Course Code : 18T/14643

Description : If your school is in the process of having to consider making changes or reductions to its staffing then this workshop is highly recommended. This course will provide an overview of the process including the legal obligations on School Leadership and Governors and will also provide the opportunity to consider how to plan your process and discuss selection methods, pools and redeployment. 

Staffing panels – What Governors and Clerks need to Know

Thursday 31 January 2019 Course Code : 18T/14681

Description : This course will provide governors and clerks with an overview of their respective roles in supporting and recording staff panel hearings. This session will explore the duties and key responsibilities involved in Pay Panels and appeals, and explore the board’s role in relation to Staff Discipline, Grievance and Capability. There will be opportunities to discuss any concerns, share best practice and recognise areas for development.

Learning outcomes :

  • Be aware of the guidance available to support the development of good practice
  • Be familiar with the respective roles and responsibilities for each type of hearing
  • Understand the value and role of external partners such as HR and union representatives
  • Participate in a table activity to consolidate learning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Governor training and events February 2019

Safer Recruitment - A Strategic Overview

Wednesday 6 February 2019 Course Code : 18T/14644

Description : Governing bodies have statutory responsibilities relating to safeguarding of children in their schools and it this includes ensuring schools only employ those who are safe to work with children. This course will ensure governors understand their responsibilities for Safer Recruitment and know how to monitor the effectiveness of Safer Recruitment in their school. THIS COURSE FOCUSSES ON GOVERNING BODY DUTIES. IT IS NOT THE CERTIFIED SAFER RECRUITMENT TRAINING THAT EQUIPS SCHOOL LEADERS TO INTERVIEW STAFF.  

Learning outcomes :

  • Understand what safer recruitment is
  • Know the statutory duties of schools
  • Be equipped with strategies for governors to monitor school safer recruitment practice

Academy Finance - What Trustees Need to Know

Wednesday 6 February 2019 Course Code : 18T/14646

Description : This session focuses on the financial oversight role of academy trustees. We will explore the current expectations of boards of trustees and how these are informed by the Academies Financial handbook, company and charity law, and the Academy Trusts’ Funding Agreement. 

Learning outcomes :

  •  Understand government expectations of academy trusts in respect of fiscal responsibilities and risk management
  •  Be aware of the current Academies Financial Handbooks and other relevant statutory and no statutory guidance
  •  Have strategies for monitoring the effectiveness of their trust’s financial status and compliance issues

Parental Concerns and Complaints – the role of the board

Wednesday 6 February 2019 Course Code : 18T/14647

Description : Governing Boards are required to ensure that the school or academy has effective systems in place for listening to the views of parents and carers, and responding to concerns. Policies and procedures should reflect the ethos, culture and values of the school/trust and recognise that parents and carers are key stakeholders. Boards should be aware of the tools and techniques the school or academy uses for engaging with parents and carers, and how it aims to resolve concerns at an early stage. 

Learning outcomes :

  • Understand the imperative for sound financial planning
  • Be aware of how three year financial plans should be built
  • Know how secure financial planning enables governing bodies and trust boards to meet pupil needs

Clerking procedures for new clerks

Thursday 7 February 2019 Course Code : 18T/14648

Description : Linked to competency 2 of the Clerking Competency Framework (Administration), this session has been designed specifically for newly appointed clerks in maintained schools in Surrey, and aims to provide both an introduction to the administrative elements of the role, and signpost to further development opportunities. There is no charge for Schools that have a Clerks’ Training and Development Service Level Agreement with Strictly Education 4S. 

Learning outcomes :

  • Understand the key administration competencies of a clerk
  • Be aware of the expectations of the clerk as the principle governing body record keeper
  • Be aware of the support available to support success in the role
  • Have developed an action plan for further training and development

Questions and Challenge – developing effective practice in holding the school to account

Tuesday 12 February 2019 Course Code : 18T/14649

Description : Challenging effectively is more than simply asking the right questions. Effective practice has its roots in deep and accurate knowledge about the educational and financial performance of the school. Board members hold the school or academy to account by establishing clear expectations, ensuring clear lines of responsibility, putting in place systems for monitoring appropriately, accurate and robust evaluation, and by taking action in response to that evaluation. 

e-Safety - What Governors Need to Know

Tuesday 12 February 2019 Course Code : 18T/14650

Description : This session will raise governors’ awareness of e-safety related issues that are currently impacting on schools and the ways which schools are embracing technology and social media to educate children and young people to be safe online. The session will look at e-safety policies and good practice for monitoring the school's e-safety provision and equip governors with questions to ask when seeking assurance that appropriate measures are in place to protect children and young people.    

Learning outcomes :

  • An understanding of current e-safety risks
  • Knowledge of the statutory requirements
  • Strategies for effectively monitoring e-safety

Introduction to School Governance

Thursday 14 February 2019 Course Code : 18T/14651

Description : This course will provide newly appointed/elected school governors with an understanding of their roles and responsibilities.  

Learning outcomes :

  • Be aware of the three core functions of governance
  • Know what constitutes effective governance
  • Understand how governing bodies hold their schools to account
  • Be aware of how to develop their own skills and knowledge, as a governor, in the future

Chairing Skills – for New and Committee Chairs

Thursday 14 February 2019 Course Code : 18T/14652

Description : An effective chair is identified as an essential characteristic of an good governance in the Governance Handbook (section 1). Taking on a new role as a chair of either a committee or the whole governing body is a significant responsibility. Successful chairs take responsibility for the way the board works and make sure meetings focus on the right things. This course is suitable for both those new to the role as well as chairs wishing to develop their knowledge and practice.     

Learning outcomes :

  • A clear understanding of the role and responsibilities of the chair of governors and of a committee
  • An appreciation of how the chair can effectively lead a meeting
  • An understanding of the role of the chair in shaping effective governance performance and succession planning

Safeguarding - The Role of the Governing Body

Monday 25 February 2019 Course Code : 18T/14653

Description : This session will provide governors with an overview of safeguarding issues in schools and also a clear understanding of their statutory duties. 

Learning outcomes :

  • To ensure governors and trustees share an understanding of what safeguarding is and why it is vital in schools
  • To ensure governors understand how Ofsted inspect safeguarding
  • To provide governors with an insight into changes in Ofsted’s expectations of governors, relating to safeguarding

Analyse School Performance - Primary

Tuesday 26 February 2019 Course Code : 18T/14654

Description : This course will provide governors with an overview of the replacement for RAISEonline, which will be known as Analysing School Performance (ASP). ASP will provide school leaders with access to a variety of pupil performance data. 

Learning outcomes :

  • Be familiar with ASP
  • Understand the key data sets contained within ASP for primary schools
  • Be prepared to ask questions relating to the data

Monitoring pupil behaviour - evidence governors need to consider

Wednesday 27 February 2019 Course Code : 18T/14655

Description : This session will focus on behaviour in schools, as part of the 'Personal development, behaviour and welfare' judgement that Ofsted Inspectors make. Under the existing framework, Inspectors must make a clear and separate written judgement on pupil behaviour. Governors will need to ensure they have an awareness of their school's policies, procedure and evidence of their impact. 

Learning outcomes :

  • Consider the elements that are encompassed within the Ofsted judgement on behaviour
  • Understand the sources of evidence that Inspectors can explore
  • Explore the role of the Governing body/Trust Board in monitoring and evaluating the impact of their school’s policies and procedures relating to all aspects of behaviour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Governor training and events March 2019

Holding up the Mirror – a practical approach to GB self-evaluation

Monday 4 March 2019 Course Code : 18T/14656

Description : A practical workshop for governors and trustees to both explore and understand what constitutes good and outstanding governance in their context.

Learning outcomes :

  • Using a variety of resources, participants will be encouraged to evaluate current governance practice, identify strengths and areas for development areas, and develop a forward plan for improvement.

Introduction to School Governance

Wednesday 6 March 2019 Course Code : 18T/14657

Description : This course will provide newly appointed/elected school governors with an understanding of their roles and responsibilities.  

Learning outcomes :

  • Be aware of the three core functions of governance
  • Know what constitutes effective governance
  • Understand how governing bodies hold their schools to account
  • Be aware of how to develop their own skills and knowledge, as a governor, in the future

NEW: Ofsted Inspection 2018-19 - what to expect

Wednesday 6 March 2019 Course Code : 18T/14658

Description : From September 2018, some changes have been made to the current Ofsted Inspection Framework. These are reflected in the revised Inspection Handbooks and through advice issued to Ofsted Inspectors. This session examines Ofsted’s expectations of governing bodies/trust boards. It will explore how governance is evaluated by inspectors and the role governors should play during an inspection. 

Learning outcomes :

  • have an overview of the current Ofsted framework
  • be aware of how Ofsted evaluate the effectiveness of governance
  • have an insight into strategies that ensure governors can evidence their impact on school effectiveness

Accountability & Assessment in Primary Schools - What Governors Need to Know

Thursday 7 March 2019 Course Code : 18T/14659

Description : This session is based around Competency 2b in the Competency Framework for Governance. The focus will be on how governors are expected to use the information they receive about the educational performance of pupils to challenge appropriately and hold the school to account for pupil outcomes. 

Learning outcomes :

  • know how to use published data to better understand which areas of school performance need improvement and identify any further data required
  • be clear on how to challenge senior leaders to ensure that the collection of assessment data is purposeful, efficient and valid
  • understand how to establish clear lines of responsibility, put in place systems for monitoring appropriately and ensure evaluation is taking place and responded to

Primary Curriculum – monitoring its effectiveness

Tuesday 12 March 2019 Course Code : 18T/14660

Description : This session will focus on the importance of governance oversight of the school curriculum, which is linked to competency 2 within the Competency Framework for Governance: everyone on the governing body/ trust board is expected to know the rationale for the chosen curriculum offer and that it is broad and balanced and meets the needs of all pupils. 

Learning outcomes :

  • Be aware of the National Curriculum and its implications for governor monitoring
  • Understand the importance of a broad and balanced curriculum
  • Know how the curriculum promotes the school ethos and meets the needs of pupils
  • Be aware of the current Ofsted framework and the criteria for evaluating the school’s curriculum
  • Have practical strategies for monitoring the effectiveness of the curriculum

Value for Money – how do Schools and Academy Trusts achieve it?

Tuesday 12 March 2019 Course Code : 18T/14661

Description : This course focuses on what value for money is and how governors and trustees should monitor and evaluate how it is measured and achieved in their school. 

Learning outcomes :

  • Be aware of the key data sources available that inform judgements on value for money (VFM)
  • Know how to measure and evaluate VFM in their own school or trust
  • Be prepared to ask appropriate questions relating to VFM

Effective Governance - What Clerks Need to Know

Wednesday 13 March 2019 Course Code : 18T/14662

Description : This course will provide clerks with an overview of effective governance in 2018 and beyond. The Governance Handbook, Governance Competency Framework and Academies Financial Handbook together create a framework of Department for Education expectations of school governors. This session will draw from all three sources to ensure clerks receive a detailed understanding of how their own work supports and synchronises with that of the governing body/trust board.  

Learning outcomes :

  • Be familiar with key documentation supporting effective governance
  • Understand the expectations on governing bodies
  • Know how to ensure the support, advice and guidance they provide contributes to effective governance

Is Governance still 'Outstanding' in my School?

Tuesday 19 March 2019 Course Code : 18T/14663

Description : This session focuses on the effectiveness of governance in schools that currently have an overall effectiveness judgement of outstanding from Ofsted. We will explore the current expectations of governing bodies/boards of trustees, including those embodied in the new competency framework and how these have been raised since the schools were last inspected. 

Learning outcomes :

  • Understand government expectations of governing bodies/boards of trustees in 2019
  • Be aware of the current Ofsted framework and the criteria for “outstanding”
  • Improve their knowledge of the evidence of effective governance that schools should have in place

SEND - What Governors Need To Know

Wednesday 20 March 2019 Course Code : 18T/14664

Description : Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) is a key aspect of school provision and one that has changed considerably recently. Governors need to ensure they know their responsibilities and those of their school with regards to SEND and must ensure that they are monitoring their schools work and its impact on outcomes for this group of pupils. 

School Finance - What Governors in Maintained Schools need to know

Thursday 21 March 2019 Course Code : 18T/14666

Description : This course provides governors with an overview of school finances, how schools are funded and strategies that governors can use in monitoring expenditure and ensuring that available funding is used to meet the needs of the school's pupils. 

Learning outcomes :

  • Understand where school finance fits within the statutory role and responsibilities of the governing body
  • Know how schools and academies are currently funded
  • Be aware of how to monitor and evaluate school financial performance

Data Protection - What Clerks Need to Know

Thursday 21 March 2019 Course Code : 18T/14667

Description : This course will provide clerks with an overview of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will be binding and applicable from 25 May 2018. From this date a single set of rules will apply to all EU member states, designed to strengthen and unify data protection for individuals within the EU, and address the export of personal data outside the EU. GDPR will replace the Data Protection Directive which was introduced in 1995.  

Learning outcomes :

  • Be familiar with the key changes of GDPR
  • Understand how the regulation will apply to schools, free schools and academies
  • Know how to apply GDPR in their role to effectively support, advise and enable full compliance

Safeguarding - The Role of the Governing Body

Wednesday 27 March 2019 Course Code : 18T/14668

Description : This session will provide governors with an overview of safeguarding issues in schools and also a clear understanding of their statutory duties. 

Learning outcomes :

  • To ensure governors and trustees share an understanding of what safeguarding is and why it is vital in schools
  • To ensure governors understand how Ofsted inspect safeguarding
  • To provide governors with an insight into changes in Ofsted’s expectations of governors, relating to safeguarding

Compliance – why getting it right is important - what governors & clerks need to know

Wednesday 27 March 2019 Course Code : 18T/14669

Description : The Governance Handbook and Competency Frameworks for Governance and Clerking set out the board’s responsibilities for ensuring that the wider organisation both understands and is compliant with the wide range of statutory requirements and responsibilities. The role of the clerk is key and participants are encouraged to attend with their clerk.   

Learning outcomes :

  • An understanding of the statutory, regulatory and financial requirements on the board and the duties placed upon them

Outcomes for Children and Learners - What Governors Need To Know

Wednesday 27 March 2019 Course Code : 18T/14670

Description : 'Outcomes for children and learners' is one of the four key judgements in the Ofsted framework. This course will ensure governors understand this how this judgement is made by inspectors and how their own monitoring should inform their view of standards in their school. 

Learning outcomes :

  • Understand how the judgement on outcomes for children and learners underpins the Ofsted Framework
  • Know how Ofsted make the judgements on this aspect of the school's work
  • Be aware of strategies to ensure governor monitoring equips them with an overview of standards in the school

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Policy

We aim to:

• enable governors to be effective members of their governing body and to encourage a sense of teamwork through the development of skills and the valuing of individual contributions;
• assess the needs of governors and governing bodies and offer access to high quality training and other events on appropriate subjects;
• ensure that particular groups, i.e. new and specialist governors, are offered support in appropriate ways, enabling them to fulfil their duties;
• encourage governing bodies to evaluate their own effectiveness, and to help plan appropriate programmes of development in relation to assuring performance and raising standards of achievement.

Communication

Information detailing termly governor training opportunities is sent to every governor and clerk on our database. There is no charge for any published Governance Consultancy courses for schools that have a Governance Training Service Level Agreement at Level 1 or 2.

Governors are kept up to date with the latest initiatives, best practice and governance issues through the Governor Update to Governors, which is sent to every governor on our database.

Individual course information can be viewed via the Strictly Education 4S Conference and Course Event website.

If you wish to discuss Training or Development for the Governing Body please do not hesitate to contact

Carole Ford@strictlyeducation4s.co.uk
0800 073 4444 ext 835030

Associate Trainer Profiles

Our associate trainers help us provide Governors with the delivery of our training programme. Please see their individual profiles below:

Steve Barker

Steve is the Head of the Governance Consultancy at Strictly Education 4S and has a wealth of experience in business and school governance. Steve spent many years working in marketing and advertising for a variety of international organisations. Steve is an accredited Institute of Leadership and Management coach.

Steve has been a school governor since 1991 and has served as a governor in 16 schools across Surrey, in all phases of education. He is currently Chair of the Governing Body at Bagshot Infant School and Chair of the Academy Trust at Collingwood College. He is also a governor at St Jude’s C of E Junior School in Englefield Green and Member of EEEA multi-academy trust.

Steve participated in the original Surrey cohort of Additional Skills Governors (ASG) and became a National Leader of Governance in 2013.

Prior to taking up a permanent position at Strictly Education 4S in 2013, Steve was a self-employed Associate for many years writing and delivering governor development and training programmes within and beyond Surrey. He has a national profile as a governance expert and has spoken at many national conferences and had articles on governance published.

Steve is the inspiration behind Better Governor and has driven its success in reaching schools in over 130 Local Authorities in England.

 

Linda Waghorn (formerly Lissimore)

Linda is a professional school governance adviser with over 16 years-experience, 10 as Governor Services Manager for Kent County Council. Now working as an independent governance consultant, she supports governors, clerks and Headteachers to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of governance at all levels, both for Strictly Education 4S in Surrey, and more widely across the South East.

In her Kent role Linda served as part of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Governance, and was also the Vice Chair of the National Co-ordinators of Governor Services (NCOGS). She has facilitated the National College licenced programmes in Kent and Surrey, is an experienced Governormark Assessor, and designs and delivers development activities and briefings on a variety of governance topics.

Linda has served as a governor throughout the past 16 years, both primary and secondary, and as a member of an Interim Executive Board (IEB). She is currently the Chair of Governors in a one form entry primary school in Surrey.

 

Ruth Murton

• National Leader of Governance (NLG) accredited to carry out Reviews of Governance
• Special Adviser on governance to the Department for Education (DfE)
• Experienced Chair
• Member of a primary phase multi-academy trust
• Governor on a primary academy council
• Author of governance, workshop and training courses, licensed nationally for DfE and NCTL
• Qualified in coaching and holds a diploma in school business management

Ruth is an associate trainer for Strictly Education 4S designing and delivering a wide variety of courses. She is part of the Better Governor writing and webinar team.

 

Ginny Willis

An Associate Trainer with Governance Consultancy Strictly Education 4S and freelance Transition Consultant for Children and Young People with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities and their families

Ginny has been a governor for 26 years at a primary school and Chair of Governors for over 22 years. Previous experience as a governor at 2 non-maintained special schools.

32 years working with children and Young People with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilites and their families to offer advice and guidance, and plan trainsitions from 14-25 years.

3 years as Head of Inclusion, Safeguarding and Wellbeing at a school for children and young people with Autism and Social Communication Difficulties

Training materials and handouts

In the main our training course materials are not available on the website as the success of most governor training courses is dependent upon the interactive activities, exercises and discussion undertaken which cannot necessarily be reflected in powerpoint presentatations posted onto a website.
However materials from the termly Chairs' meetings and Clerks Development sessions are available to download.

Please contact carole.ford@strictlyeducation4s.co.uk if you require support or assistance regarding material from a specific course.

How to book a course using Strictly Education 4S

To access the site please use the following address:
https://cpd.babcock-education.co.uk/cpd/

Logon - New User
From the front page click on the New User option within the Logon box. This opens the New Online User Step 1- complete this page with your personal details and enter your own user name and password. Continue to Step 2 – This allows you to choose which subject area and target audience you would be interested to receive event information for. Once this is complete the user will be able to login immediately.

All new users should be set up via their establishment (school); it is important for governors to be linked to an establishment and not to set themselves up from their home address.

Logon – Existing User
Type your username and password into the Logon box and then either press enter on your keyboard or select ‘Enter’ on the screen.

CPD Leaders
New CPD Leaders and changes to existing users will be actioned by a member of the event booking team. Please contact a member of the team on 0800 073 4444 ext. 835008 
 
User Amendments
If a member of staff moves establishment we are able to keep their history and transfer them to their new establishment. If a member of staff is retiring or leaving without relocating to another Surrey establishment then please notify us and we will remove them from your establishment.
 
Search Events
Enter the search criteria for a specific event, or leave blank to view all events. You can search by keyword, subject area, using the calendar, target audience or Event Code. To view the event details select the Full Details tab to the right of the screen.
 
Making a Booking
Once you have found the event you wish to attend, select the Request a Place tab on the right of the screen. Once any special requirements have been inputted and the Terms and Conditions have been read, tick the box to confirm you have done this. Click on ‘Submit’ to request a place on the event. A message will display to confirm the booking request is complete.

If you are attending a conference with seminars follow the process above making sure to also enter your preferred seminar choices.

Waiting List
If the event you wish to attend is full then you will have the option to request a place on the waiting list. Once your CPD Leader has authorised your place on the waiting list if a place becomes available on the event you will be notified by CPD Online. If you no longer require a place on the event then please notify us immediately and we will offer it to the next attendee.

Authorisation (when appropriate)
Once you have made a booking an automated email will be sent to your Establishment’s CPD Leader for authorisation. When authorising a booking, the payment method will default to your establishment’s chosen payment method; if this needs to be changed please contact a member of the event booking team. Once your CPD Leader has authorised your booking we will confirm your place on the event.

Paying for events
There is no charge for schools that have a Level 1 or Level 2 Governance Service Level Agreement with Strictly Education 4S.

When Strictly Education 4S cancel an event
An email is generated and sent out to all the attendees booked on to the event. A full refund will be issued for the cancelled event and if you wish to rebook on an alternative date please do so via CPD Online.

Further Support
If you require any assistance then please do not hesitate to contact a member of the event booking team on 0800 073 4444 ext. 835008 email carole.ford@strictlyeducation4s.co.uk 

Governor training and events April 2019

Protecting Children and Young People from Extremist Views

Tuesday 2 April 2019 Course Code : 18T/14672

Description : The Prevent Duty reflects the provisions of Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 and requires schools to have due regard to the need to prevent children and young people from being drawn into terrorism. This session will explore how schools are addressing vulnerability to extremist views and how the governing bodies/trust boards should be monitoring this. 

Learning outcomes :

  • The threat and scope of extremist views that pupils may be exposed to
  • The indicators that schools should be aware of that may lead to pupils become vulnerable to this element of safeguarding
  • The role and responsibilities of governors in monitoring the impact of their school’s policies and procedures

Introduction to School Governance

Wednesday 3 April 2019 Course Code : 18T/14673

Description : This course will provide newly appointed/elected school governors with an understanding of their roles and responsibilities.  

Learning outcomes :

  • Be aware of the three core functions of governance
  • Know what constitutes effective governance
  • Understand how governing bodies hold their schools to account
  • Be aware of how to develop their own skills and knowledge, as a governor, in the future

Visiting the School - What Governors Need to Know

Wednesday 3 April 2019 Course Code : 18T/14674

Description : This session focuses on how governors should conduct visits to their school, how to ensure they are effective and that learning from such visits is effectively shared and contributes to the collective knowledge of the full governing body. 

Learning outcomes :

  • Understand why governors should visit their school • Be aware of the key “do’s and don’ts” when visiting the school
  • Know how to ensure evidence from visits is collected and shared with the Full Governing Body

 

 

 

 


 

 

If governing bodies are to be effective they need to ensure that they know their roles and responsibilities and stay abreast of changes to education law and practice. A focus on their own training and development should be central to the work of all governors.

We provide a comprehensive range of training and development opportunities for governors at all levels of experience.

Our training programme consists of over 120 training and development sessions each year at a wide variety of locations around Surrey and offering a range of session times, days of the week and weekend courses.

 

Please click here for a list of training opportunities for governors and clerks.
 
Autumn term 2018 training programme course order 
  
CPD online user guide

Related Content & Resources

For more information please contact the Governance Consultancy Team

Tel: 0800 073 4444 Extn. 835030

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