Research has shown that training for individual governing bodies, involving all governors’ has a significant impact on the effectiveness of the governing body as a whole. Governors are strongly recommended therefore to take full advantage of a 2 hour Governing Body Development Session (GBDS).

The following is a comprehensive selection of development sessions to choose from, which can be adapted to suit your governing body’s specific needs.

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  • We recommend that bookings are made by 14 July 2023  to ensure tutor availability
  • GBDS' must be taken between 1 April 2023 and 31 March 2024
  • GBDS' must be booked by 14th July 2023

Please Remember: A Governing Body Development Session is specific training for the governing body and governors from other schools should not be invited. If you would like a joint training session with other schools please contact us to discuss details. 

Mental Health & Wellbeing Provision in your School 
There could not be a more pertinent time to ensure that mental health and wellbeing provision in our school is a priority. In this session governors will understand what is meant by emotional/mental health and wellbeing and the school’s role in supporting it, the Ofsted focus on behaviour and attitudes, what is meant by Spiritual Moral Social and Cultural provision and how governors can monitor the impact of all of this in their school. The learning outcomes for this session are:

Are you fulfilling your Statutory Responsibilities Effectively?
This facilitated session will help governors understand what these responsibilities are and to reflect on their effectiveness to ensure compliance.

Using the Governance Competency Framework to Improve Impact
This topic reviews the 2017 Governance Competency Framework and what it conveys about effective governance. It provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate your governing body’s work against the 6 features and 16 competencies outlined in the framework or if at a core session an opportunity to network and share good practice with other local governors.

Preparing for Ofsted
Governors need to understand the process of an Ofsted inspection for them to support their school effectively. They also need to make sure that they are meeting their statutory obligations and fulfilling their duties. This session is for governors and staff and is packed with information but also has time for attendees to ask questions to reflect on their own preparation for inspection.

Using data to measure impact and monitor school improvement

Governors, working with school leaders, are responsible for the achievement of all pupils, with a firm focus on disadvantaged children and vulnerable groups. This session ensures governors appreciate the range of data available in school, how to use it to measure impact, the external assessment points, how to read the external data, Analyse School Performance (ASP), and how to ask the challenging questions to ensure school improvement.

Developing your School’s Ethos, Vision and Strategy
Governors and staff need to share a common vision for the future if they are to move forward successfully together. This facilitated session will help you clarify the key aspects of your vision and agree your values and goals to ensure that you are all working towards them together. This session needs to involve both governors and staff to be fully effective.

Monitoring and Evaluating the effectiveness of the Pupil Premium for Governors
This session will help you reflect on best practice in using Pupil Premium funding effectively, understand how and why the Pupils Premium Grant is being used in the agreed way in your school and the key questions for governors to assess the impact of that spend.

Making Effective Governor Visits
An interactive training session aimed at developing a policy and protocols for governors’ visits. This useful session works best if as many members of staff can attend to ensure everyone is clear and in agreement about the governors’ strategic role when making monitoring visits to the school and how these visits should be conducted.

The Secondary/Primary Curriculum and the Role of the Governing Body
This session will cover the statutory requirements of secondary/primary curriculum provision and explore how governors can ensure that this and a broad and balanced curriculum is being delivered in their school. This course is written to give governors information about recent changes to the school curriculum. It looks at how the National Curriculum has changed with the current emphasis on teaching and learning, rather than data. It explores vocabulary like the three “I’s” and “deep delves”. It covers how Ofsted inspectors will judge the schools curriculum and the governors role in monitoring it.

Joining or Forming a Multi Academy Trust (MAT)
Are you becoming an academy or discussing converting to academy status?
In the white paper Educational Excellence Everywhere, the government outlined its plans for moving to a system where every school is an academy or was (be) in the process of converting, by 2020 with many of these operating within multi-academy trusts (MATs). This facilitated workshop will help you explore the options for your school, including the principles of academy status and multi academy trusts, the process towards becoming an academy and the implications of converting.
Overview of Safeguarding for Governors
Understand what is meant by safeguarding and categories of child abuse. This course provides a very brief summary of safeguarding, to help governors understand the role of the school and the responsibilities of the governing board. It is revised annually to keep up-to-date with ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’. It includes: Categories of abuse; Concept of harm and significant harm; County lines; Child sexual exploitation; FGM; Prevent; Online safety; Child-on-child abuse; Sexual harassment and sexual violence; Mental health and wellbeing; Data protection; Checks on staff and volunteers; Ofsted and safeguarding.
School Complaints - Role of the GB
This course provides an opportunity for governors to appreciate the principle of a complaint procedure. It explains the responsibility of the Governing Board in the complaint process and the procedures that must be undertaken following a complaint against the Headteacher. It highlights the importance of the school’s complaint policy, investigating a complaint, and Law principles.  
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