Education Governance

Strategic Support That Works For Your School

Governance Leadership ManagementThe education of our young people is fundamental to our progress as a nation and a people!

However there are many parts to the jigsaw that need to be in place to ensure that educational establishments are capable of providing the environment and expertise to produce students who meet the requirements of now and the future.

Leadership and management is a key part of this. Without it, decline in outcomes is inevitable. The Governing Board is the foundation from which everything else grows and prospers. It is responsible for the strategic direction by establishing a vision and ethos for the school, and generating policies to achieve it. From this, a good and motivated Senior Leadership Team will form and good teaching practice will follow, resulting in inspired and stimulated students, and life-long learners.

Getting governance and leadership wrong, however, can cause problems in many areas which will take years to put right, if ever. You only have to look at the ‘Trojan Horse’ schools for an example.

I am now using my 20+ years of experience as a governor – including being chair of a primary and chair of personnel at an academy – to share best practice with governors and SLTs of schools and academies.

This may be in the form of training and coaching support for Governors, interim/project roles, recruitment and interview procedures or membership of IEB’s.

If you have problems with strategic leadership in your educational establishment, however big or small, or you just want to get even better I am sure I can help!

Governor Training

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Induction for New Governors

This can be delivered as a daytime course or over 3 evening sessions.
It is aimed at new governors or those with less than 2 years’ experience.

Governors will explore the role and purpose of a Governing Board.
They will be supported to understand their roles and responsibilities, including

  • Key principles of successful governance.
  • Roles and core functions of Governing Boards.
  • Governance, school improvement and Ofsted.
  • How a governing board is made up.
  • Meetings – agendas and minutes.

Style of session: A mixture of presentation and discussion.

Developing Governor Skills

This can be delivered as a daytime course or 2 evening sessions.

As there is a high profile given to governor skills by the DfE this course is designed to develop confidence and skills, to enable the growth of stronger governance in our schools.

We will explore various skills audit tools including the widely-used model from the NGA, and how it can be used effectively.

The course will cover Governing Board and school leadership issues relating to:

  • Reading and using data.
  • Staffing and personnel issues.
  • Finance and value for money.
  • Appraisal and performance management.
  • Working with external advisers.
  • Managing and resolving conflict.

Style of session: A mixture of presentation, tasks and discussion.

Leadership and Management

This can be delivered as a daytime course or 2 evening sessions.

This course will explore the crucial role the Governing Board plays in the effective leadership and management of the school.

Through case study material and trainer-led discussion we will develop our thinking together.

This course will explore:

  • The relationship between the Headteacher or Principal and the Governing Board.
  • How Ofsted judges both leadership and governance in schools.
  • The Governing Board’s role in school self-evaluation and school development planning.
  • The use of appraisal and performance management as a tool for school improvement.
  • The use of external reports for governors.
  • Lessons learnt from the ‘Trojan Horse’ enquiry.
  • Future trends in school governance.

Style of session: A mixture of presentation, tasks and discussion.

Ensuring Clarity of Vision and Strategic Direction

This will be a 2 hour session usually to be delivered in the evening.

This course will explore and discuss:

  • How to write a Vision statement.
  • How to set and monitor objectives.
  • What is ethos and culture and how can it be influenced?
  • What does a school improvement strategy look like?
  • How are targets, staffing and budgets linked?
  • How to hold the Head to account.

Style of session: A mixture of presentation and discussion.

Governors and Quality of Teaching

This can be delivered as a daytime course or 2 evening sessions.

No aspect of school life is more important than teaching and learning. Nothing tests the boundaries between the strategic and operational more than the consideration of the way a Governing Board oversees teaching.

In this course we will consider:

  • What good teaching looks like.
  • How Governors engage with teaching.
  • Using visits to the classroom appropriately.
  • What Ofsted expects from governors in this aspect of their work.
  • Appraisal and performance management as a mechanism for improvement.

Style of session: A mixture of presentation, tasks and discussion.

Governors and School Improvement – The Way Forward

This can be delivered as a daytime course or 2 evening sessions.

This is a facilitated discussion that explores current issues about school improvement. We look at topical issues in governance including:

  • Teaching and Learning.
  • School Development Planning.
  • Ofsted.
  • Leadership.
  • What the future holds.

Style of session: A mixture of presentation, tasks and discussion.

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Other courses are available upon request and bespoke courses/sessions can be tailored to meet your precise requirements. Please do not hesitate to ask.