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Administration of Key Stage 2 Tests: How do Governing Boards Observe Key Stage 2 Tests (SATs) Administration to Assure Best Practice?

 

Venue: The Tomlinson Centre

Who should attend?

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

Course overview

In the current climate of increased accountably, there have an increase in the number of allegations of maladministration of tests made against schools. If these are proven, they can lead to suppression and ultimately the annulment of part or all of a school’s results. Therefore, headteachers are under pressure to demonstrate correct test administration. The government’s Standards and Testing Agency strongly recommends that headteachers ‘consider inviting a governor to observe their administration. This session will cover best practice is observing test administration and explain the risks involved for schools, and what ideal test practice looks like in a primary school.

This session will:

  • Explain the test cycle and the expectations around administration.
  • Explore the concept of maladministration and discuss how schools can reduce the likelihood of allegations.
  • Discuss how governors should conduct themselves when observing test administration.
  • Create an understanding of how to support your school and observe part of the SATs administration in accordance with the expectations set out in the Standards and Testing Agency’s Assessment and Reporting Arrangements and related documents.

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

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Annual Governors Conference

 

One day conference

The conference will take place on a Saturday - Date to be confirmed

VenueThe 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.

Conference overview

The theme of this conference will continue the focus on Tackling Inequalities, particulary in light of the impact of Covid19. Further details will be shared in coming months.

Invitations to attend the conference will be open to all schools. The allocation per school will be limited due to restricted space and attendees from organisations that do not subscribe to the training package will be charged.

Cost£95 per delegate or 1 free as part of the Governor Training Package

 

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

£114.00

(incl. VAT)

Director's Termly Briefing with Governors and School Leaders

 

Venue: The Tomlinson Centre

Who should attend?

Invitation to attend these briefings will be open to all (and only) Hackney schools. However, places are open to all Governors and school leaders (Headteachers, Executive Headteachers, and CEOs).

Course Overview

The directors briefing aims to address:

1. IN A NUTSHELL: What governors need to know

This will provide headline messages about Hackney and National matters. We will prepare a one page take away and select one of these items to present in brief detail.

2. IN FOCUS: How governing boards ensure they are most effective

This will provide an in-depth focus on a matter of national significance and will include small group activity/ debates to enables governors to learn and take away new thinking.

Cost: Free and only available to Hackney schools.

  • Target audience:
  • Primary
  • Secondary

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Ofsted: What do Governors need to know about the OFSTED Inspection process?

 

Venue: The Tomlinson Centre

Who should attend?

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

Course overview

Governors play a significant role in the Ofsted Inspection process. As such, this session address the changes to the Ofsted's new education inspection framework for 2019 and implications for schools. It will particularly highlight how the inspection process will explores how governors/trustees carry out their responsibilities and the contribution that they make to the oversight and strategic direction of your school(s)

This session applies equally across our richly mixed economy of schools – maintained, voluntary aided, and academy and independent registered status, some of which stand alone and others in varying forms of partnership and federation.

This session will focus on:

  • The key changes in the new Ofsted inspection and reporting process, which was introduced in September 2019.
  • How the four key judgements are used by Ofsted when evaluating the overall effectiveness of your school and how might schools need to refine their practices to address changes.
  • How Ofsted evaluates the quality of leadership and management, which focuses on how leaders, managers and those responsible for governance ensure that the education that the school provides has a positive impact on all its pupils.
  • What more can governors do to be ‘inspection-ready?

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)

Safeguarding: How do Governors fulfill their responsibility to safeguard and protect children?

 

Venue: The Tomlinson Centre

Who should attend?

Safeguarding is a matter that all governors need to be aware of – we would encourage the whole governing body to attend. This session is suitable for all school phases, and is recommended for Clerks as well as Governors.

Course overview

This session will enable Safeguarding Governors to explore how they can best support their school’s SLT and the Designated Safe Guarding lead role in discharging the statutory responsibility to safeguard children. In doing so, the session will explore legislative and statutory guidance drivers and the support mechanisms provided by HLT’s Safeguarding in Education Team in improving practice and preparing for a safeguarding inspection.

This course will focus on how governing boards can ensure their schools:

  • An awareness of national statutory guidance and local procedures to be followed in safeguarding children, enabling governing boards to review if the arrangements for safeguarding are effective in their schools.
  • An understanding of how governing boards can ensure their school is a safe place for children, what measures could be taken to raise awareness and keep pupils safe from abuse and neglect. Including sexual exploitation and radicalisation and extremism.
  • An awareness about the duty staff and Designated Safeguarding Leads in schools’ have when they suspect that pupils are vulnerable or at risk of significant harm.
  • Awareness of guidelines for good and safe practice (including safer recruitment), keeping professional boundaries, dealing with allegations against staff and whistle blowing.
  • Information on best practice and preparation for Ofsted.

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

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(incl. VAT)

Staff Welfare, Morale and Workload: How do Governing Boards create Excellent Workplaces that Support Staff Welfare, Manage Performance and Oversees Organisational Changes?

 

Venue: The Tomlinson Centre

Who should attend?

This session is suitable for all school phases and is recommended for Business Managers and Clerks, as well as Governors.

Course overview

This session will broaden your understanding of human resources and performance management of staff. It will cover the principles behind effective performance management and the relevance of certain policies and procedures within the school context. The course will also identify the role and influence governors may have when dealing with staffing matters such as capability and employee engagement.

This course will focus on how governing boards can ensure:

  • Strong leadership at all levels of the organisation, including the use of performance management to promote effective practise across the school.
  • High quality continuing professional development at the start, middle and later years of staff’ career, to develop leadership and sustain best school practises.
  • That recruitment retention and CPD addresses succession plans.
  • Robust processes to manage staff wellbeing, absence, capability and discipline matters.
  • Implementation of equalities policy with equality objectives.
  • Robust performance management of Headteacher/Principal.

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)

Stakeholder Engagement and Complaints: How do Governing Boards ensure effective Engagement with Stakeholders and effectively manage complaints?

 

Venue: The Tomlinson Centre

Who should attend?

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

Course overview

This session aims to provide some good practice tips to develop and implement a robust complaints policy – including legal requirement and the principles for managing complaints and ensuring that your policy is clear and transparent. The session will also focus on the good practice methods for resolving complaints informally and formally, and the role of governors within this process. Furthermore, we will address what schools can do to manage serial and persistent complaints.

This session applies equally across our richly mixed economy of schools – maintained, voluntary aided, and academy and independent registered status, some of which stand alone and others in varying forms of partnership and federation.

This course will focus on:

  • How effective governing boards gather and use the voices of stakeholders (parents and others) as an important function for making key decisions and understanding the impact.
  • Gathering stakeholder views, acting on them appropriately andreporting results.
  • Governance of the complaints process, and ensuring robust complaints handling mechanisms.

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)

Tackling inequalities: Hackney Young Black Men Initiative – understanding Cultural Competency, Racial Identity and Unconscious Bias

 

Venue: The Tomlinson Centre

Who should attend?

Governors, School Leaders and influencers.

Course overview

This session will give you and insight into tackling disproportionality in attainment and exclusions of Black Caribbean heritage pupils, particularly boys. The session supports Hackney’s Young Black Men initiative with the aim to ensure governors and leaders are informed from research findings and current practice, particularly in the area of cultural competence.

This course will focus on the following probing questions:

  • How are governors and leaders developing better ways to improve outcomes and life experiences of black young men and women?
  • How can we use the racial identity models to address unconscious bias, and ensure that governors, leaders and staff are well-equipped to include all?
  • How can the curriculum be developed to promote a strong sense of belonging and inclusivity?
  • What are the tools and key questions we could use to assess how well your school is addressing racial identity and promoting better outcomes for Black Caribbean heritage pupils?

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)

Tackling Inequalities: How can Governors Improve Outcomes for those at Risk of Exclusion and What Should they know before Considering an Exclusion?

 

Venue: The Tomlinson Centre

Who should attend?

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

This session is suitable for all school phases and also recommended for all those involved in the formal preparing for, conducting and making decisions at a Pupil Disciplinary Committee (PDC), including clerks.

We strongly advise that governors who play a role PDCs have participated in exclusion training within the last 2 years. New headteachers/principals and other school leaders involved in the exclusions processes of the school should also be encouraged to attend this exclusions training.

Course overview

This session will address why governors should have a clear oversight of behaviour management strategies in school, including the impact of specific strategies and interventions provided by the school and external partners. It will help governing boards to understand issues related to the use of exclusions as well as the longer term impact of on

children who are excluded from school.

The session will help all those involved in the formal process of pupil exclusions to understand and apply the statutory guidance Exclusion from maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units in England September 2017, to ensure that all fixed term and permanent exclusions comply with ethical and legal requirements.

This session will focus on how governing boards can ensure:

• Contextualise the issues for those young people most at risk of exclusions from across the educational landscape and within Hackney schools.

• Consider actions that will support the improvement to outcomes for all children, particularly those most at risk of exclusions.

• Reflect on the ethical and legal aspects when evaluating why your school has recommended an exclusion and ensure this is lawful, considered and unbiased.

• Understand what happens at an Independent Review Panel (IRP) when parent appeal the governors’ decision to permanently exclude their child.

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)

Tackling Inequalities: How do Governors ensure an inclusive approach for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities?

 

Venue: The Tomlinson Centre

Who should attend?

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

Course overview

As the government plans to strengthen system-wide education takes shape alongside the implications of fairer funding, never has there been a greater need for strong, autonomous and effective governance across our richly mixed economy of schools – maintained, voluntary aided, and academy and independent registered status, some of which stand alone and others in varying forms of partnership and federation.

This interactive session introduces governors to the legislation and guidance around SEND. Governors will have an opportunity to reflect on and discuss the complex issues surrounding effective inclusion, and to explore their role in supporting schools to ensure the best possible outcomes for their pupils with SEND.

This course will focus on:

  • Promote all forms of equality and foster greater understanding of and respect for people, with a particular focus on SEND.
  • Provide high quality education and successful outcomes for pupils with SEND.
  • Effectively engage with parents, carers, other stakeholders and agencies to support all SEND pupils.

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)

Wellbeing: How do Governors ensure the development of Emotional, Mental Health and Wellbeing of Children

 

Venue: The Tomlinson Centre

Who should attend?

This session is suitable for all school phases, and is recommended for Clerks as well as Governors.

Course overview

This session will give you an insight into the ways in which schools can ensure they are places where young people’s wellbeing is paramount and where they can be taught to develop mentally healthy approaches to their future lives. You will be given the opportunity to understand your role in monitoring this work and asking the right questions to help your school develop this area.

This course will focus on how governing boards can ensure:

• To explore the legislation and guidance on young people’s wellbeing.

• To explore the ethos and features of schools that provide for young people’s wellbeing.

• To identify the actions required and challenges faced, by governors to support this work.

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)