Effective Governance of Key Themes

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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?

Who should attend?

This session is suitable for governors who have a responsibility and those who wish to learn more about observing the administration of Key Stage 2 National tests (SATs) for year 6 in primary schools.

Course objectives:

Within an educational landscape of increased autonomy at school level, governors have greater responsibility than ever before to ensure all schools processes are effective and comply with legal requirements. This responsibility includes assuring the headteacher’s administration of Key Stage 2 National tests (SATs) is conducted to precisely reflect the Standards and Testing Agency (STA), an executive agency of the Department for Education. The STA strongly recommends that headteachers ‘consider inviting a governor…to observe their administration.’

In recent years the number of allegations of maladministration of tests in schools has increased. If proven, it can result in suppression and annulment of part or all of a school’s results.  This can lead to significant reputational damage to the school.

  • Explain the test cycle and the expectations around primary test administration
  • Explore the causes and risks of maladministration and discuss how schools can reduce the likelihood of allegations
  • Discuss what governors should do when observing test administration

 

  • Target audience:
  • Primary

£0.00

(incl. VAT)

Annual Governors Conference

Invitation to attend the conference will be open to all school and one place given free of charge to schools that purchase the Governors Training package.

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 at £95 per governor.

The theme of this conference will continue the focus on Tackling Inequalities.  More details will be shared in coming months

Date to be confirmed

  • Included in package:
  • Governance

£114.00

(incl. VAT)

Director's Termly Briefing with Governors and School Leaders

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 objectives:

  • IN A NUTSHELL: What governors need to know This will provide headline messages about Hackney & National matters. We will prepare a one page take away and select one of these items to present in brief detail.
  • IN FOCUS: How governing boards ensure they are most effectivere inclusive. 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. Across the year, this focus will be

Autumn Term: How do effective boards ensure key school priorities are implemented and have impact
Spring Term: How do effective boards ensure their schools are inclusive
Summer Term: How do effective boards create productive workplaces of excellence?

Free and only available to Hackney Schools

  • Target audience:
  • Primary
  • Secondary

£0.00

(incl. VAT)

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

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?

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

£114.00

(incl. VAT)

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

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 objectives:

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’ haven 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

This course is free to ALL Hackney Schools

£0.00

(incl. VAT)

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

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.

Who should attend? 

Suitable for all school phases, and is recommended for clerks as well as governors

Course objectives:

  • 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

 

  • 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?

This session will help governing boards to understand issues related use of exclusions as well as the longer term impact of on children who are excluded from school. It will reflect on how governing boards fulfil their responsibility to ensure that all fixed term and permanent exclusions comply with ethical and legal requirements. This session will further explore how governing boards can ensure school policies impact to avoid a child being permanently excluded and in doing so, change the life chances particularly for those children facing the greatest challenges, those most at risk of being excluded from schools.

The statutory procedures for exclusions of pupils is addressed in a separate session - see page 14 of the Central Governance training Programme Brochure

Who should attend?

All school phases, and is recommended for clerks as well as governors

Course objectives:

  • Contextualize the issues for those young people most at risk of exclusions from across the educational landscape and within Hackney schools
  • Consider how governors and school leaders ensure a sense of belonging and provide an inclusive education and for every child, including those pupils most at risk of exclusion
  • Reflect on the ethical and legal aspects when evaluating why your school has recommended an exclusion    
  • Consider actions that will support the improvement to outcomes for all children, particularly those most at risk of exclusions

 

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

£0.00

(incl. VAT)

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

As the government’s 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.

Who should attend? 

Governors and Clerks at all school phase

Course objectives:

  • 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

 

  • 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

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

Who should attend? 

Suitable for all school phases, and is recommended for clerks as well as governor

Course objectives:

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

 

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

£114.00

(incl. VAT)