The Foundations of Strong Governance: Five Steps

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Step 1. Introduction – How do Governors fulfill their Professional and Ethical Responsibility?

 

Venue: The Tomlinson Centre

Who should attend?

This training is suitable for all school phases, as an induction for new governors, as well as a refresher for more experienced governors. It is also useful training for clerks.

Course overview

This session will give you an insight into the crucial role of governance in supporting and challenging school leaders to develop and sustain excellent educational/wellbeing outcomes for all pupils. It will also illustrate how governance is becoming more complex, requiring greater accountability of educational standards and management of key risks.

This course will focus on how governing boards ensure they:

• Create the vision, ethos and strategic direction that leads to exceptional outcomes for all pupils.

• Develop a culture of high expectations, aspirations and excellent all round achievement.

• Take account of how national and local developments could impact on the future of schooling.

• Effectively discharge their core statutory functions, harnessing and further developing the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed for effective governance.

Cost: Free to all Hackney schools. For non-Hackney schools - £95 per delegate or free as part of the Governor Training Package.

  • Target audience:
  • Primary
  • Secondary

From £0.00

(incl. VAT)

Step 2. How do you strengthen Governance through Effective Board Administration and Accountability?

 

Venue: The Tomlinson Centre

Who should attend?

This training is suitable for Governors, Business Managers and Clerks across all school phases.

Course overview

This session will reflect on ways to enhance governance effectiveness and impact through stronger board structural arrangements, clear terms of reference and delegation of responsibilities. The session will consider how governance annual work plans, aligned to the school development, monitoring and risk management can provide a mechanism to ensure statutory compliance and robustness in holding schools leaders to account for the educational and financial performance of their school(s).

It will also illustrate how governing boards can play a crucial role in supporting and challenging the school improvement journey which reaches far beyond assurance of compliance with regulations. The session will furthermore provide insight into how governors might amplify board accountability in ensuring challenge and support of policies, rituals and routines focused on improving outcomes for all children.

This session will focus on:

  • Considering the structural design of governance and committee arrangements to make them fit for purpose and appropriate to the scale and complexity of the organisation.
  • Understanding how governance functions are organised through terms of reference, delegation of responsibilities to enable strong lines of management, of challenge and of accountability for the educational and financial performance of their school(s).
  • Establishing the use of tools and reporting dashboards to ensure compliance of all statutory requirements, monitoring progress of school developments and the management of key risks.
  • Highlighting key themes across the educational landscape for which schools are responsible and accountable and exploring how boards might amplify the accountability across all school leaders.

Cost: £95 per delegate or free as part of the Governor Training Package.

  • Target audience:
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Included in package:
  • Governance

£114.00

(incl. VAT)

Step 3. How do Governing Boards make the right Strategic Financial Choices for their School?

 

Venue: The Tomlinson Centre

Who should attend?

This training is suitable for Governors, Business Managers and Clerks at all school phases.

Course overview

This session will give you an insight into how effective governing boards fulfil the core function to oversee the financial performance of the organisation and make sure its money is well spent. It will address the practice of strategic development planning, financial planning, and how they work together. The session applies equally across our richly mixed economy of schools – maintained, voluntary aided, academy and independent registered status, some of which stand alone and others in varying forms of partnership and federation.

This session will focus on:

  • What governing boards do to ensure that they make the right strategic financial choices?
  • How do effective governing boards link their strategic development plans to a 3 year financial plan and prioritise money to invest into improvements.
  • How do governors ensure robust monitoring of the annual budget, undertaking of financial health checks and manage budget reductions.
  • What guidance and support is available to help governing boards and school leaders make sure money is well spent to maximise the value for improving life chances of all children.

Cost: £95 per delegate or free as part of the Governor Training Package.

  • Target audience:
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Included in package:
  • Governance

£114.00

(incl. VAT)

Step 4. How do Governing Boards strategically assess and manage risks in their schools?

 

Venue: The Tomlinson Centre

Who should attend?

This training is suitable for Governors, Business Managers and Clerks at all school phases.

Course overview

The ability to purposefully identify, evaluate and prioritise organisational risks, and ensure appropriate action is taken to mitigate against them is a key competency for governors and trustees. As such, this session will explore how school leaders and governors manage risks associated with all aspects of the schools core operations e.g. progress and achievement, quality of teaching, behaviour of pupils, safeguarding to protect all students and to protect staff, safety and security generally throughout school premises. It will further look at how schools establish adequate systems to ensure sustained service quality and development and how they might mitigate any disruption if and when significant risks occur.

This course will focus on:

  • Understanding how schools / governors might identify risks, evaluate to quantify the severity and assess the level of priority of each risk.
  • How to identify effective reduction, avoidance or mitigation of key risks by addressing the underlying causes of common and significant risks.
  • Considering effective risk management controls that help prevent problems, detect them when they occur and ensure they are dealt with correctly.

Cost: £95 per delegate or free as part of the Governor Training Package.

  • Target audience:
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Included in package:
  • Governance

£114.00

(incl. VAT)

Step 5. How does the Chair of Governors Shape Strong Governance and what is Distinct about their Role?

 

Venue: The Tomlinson Centre

Who should attend?

This training is suitable for Chairs of Governors, Chair of Committees and those interested in taking on the role of chair.

Course overview

The chair of governors is the leader of governors who along with other governors, is a volunteer, fulfilling a public duty. The chair is elected by the group, assumes the same power and authority as all board members, yet they carry distinctive responsibilities in leading others.

This session will provide an insight into why strong governance is curial for inclusive education of all young people, highlight the distinctive responsibilities of the chair of governors and illustrate through best practice how to put these duties into practice to secure effective, ethical and accountable governance of the school.

This session will particularly focus on:

• Why we govern schools, the public office duty of governors and why this social responsibility is curial for inclusive education of young people.

• Considering best practice in establishing and maintaining strong governance.

• Defining the distinctive responsibilities of the chair of governors.

• Highlighting the key challenges and risks associated with leading a governing boards and considering ways to avoid and/or deal with complex issues.

Cost: £95 per delegate or free as part of the Governor Training Package.

  • Target audience:
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Included in package:
  • Governance

£114.00

(incl. VAT)