Foundations of Strong Governance: 5 Steps

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

STEP 1

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.

Who should attend? 

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 objectives:

 

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

Harness and further develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed for effective governance as detailed in the DFE competency framework

 

  • Target audience:
  • Primary
  • Secondary

£114.00

(incl. VAT)

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

STEP 2

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. 

Who should attend? 

Suitable for governors and clerks at all school phase

Course objectives:

  • 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 such as work plans, policy review schedules, structured agendas 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 
  • Exploring how boards might amplify the accountability of school leaders by objectively scrutinizing the school’s policies, rituals and routines, the quality of delivery and the impact on improving outcomes for all children within the context of fairness, good value for money and financial/ organisational sustainability

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

£114.00

(incl. VAT)

How do Governing Boards make the right Strategic Financial Choices for Your School?

STEP 3

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. This session. It will address the practice of strategic development planning, financial planning, and how they work together, particularly at a time when resources are limited. The 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

Who should attend? 

Governors and Clerks at all school phases

Course objectives:

  • 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 priorities 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 maximize the value for improving life chances of all children 

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

£114.00

(incl. VAT)

How do Governing Boards ensure effective Engagement with Stakeholders and manage complaints?

STEP 4

This session aims to provide some good practice tips to develop & 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 & persistent complaints. 

Who should attend? 

Governors and Clerks at all school phases

Course objectives:

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.

  • 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 and reporting results
  • Governance of the complaints process, and ensuring robust complaints handling mechanisms

 

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

£114.00

(incl. VAT)

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

STEP 5

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/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 & 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

Who should attend? 

Governors and Clerks at all school phase

Course objectives:

  • 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

 

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

£114.00

(incl. VAT)