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Leading in Governance (Governors)

Event/course Code EDU 19/337
Event/course type Training course
Event Introduction Chairs and vice chairs of governing boards and committees have a key role to play in maximising the contribution governors make to school/academy improvement. This one day workshop is an interactive, practical and problem-solving course designed to enhance the skills and confidence required to lead and manage the work of a governing board and/or committees.

The course is relevant for new, experienced and prospective chairs and vice-chairs of governing boards and committees who wish to review their effectiveness for the role and develop their skills. By involving vice chairs and aspiring chairs, the governing board will address the issue of succession planning. Many ‘tools’ for managing the work will be shared by the facilitator. Participants will be encouraged to add these to their own experience of what works well. Ultimately the aim is to enable participants to get the best out of their governing boards and so maximise and evidence their impact on school improvement.

Governor Support recommend the following series of CPD sessions are covered by all Boards in chronological order:
Trilogy of Effective Governance CPD sessions
1. Leading in Governance (previously titled 'Taking the Chair) - aimed at all governors, irrespective of whether they hold the position of chair, vice-chair, chair of committees. This session will assist all governors to understand the role of leadership across the board and engage in effective governance through constructive feedback and self-evaluation. It will also support robust succession strategies across the board.
2. Leading in Partnership - aimed at the Head-teacher together with the chair of governors (or co-chairs).
3. Distributed Leadership - aimed at the whole board, SBM and Clerk.

Please note: This course is fully funded for any schools that subscribe to the Premium SPARK package or stand-alone governor support.
Event Content The chair, with support from the vice chair, is responsible for ensuring the effective functioning of the board and has a vital role in setting the highest of expectations for professional standards of governance. It is the chair’s role to give the board clear leadership and direction, keeping it focused on its core functions. Chairs should encourage the board to work together as an effective team, building their skills, knowledge and experience. They need to ensure that everyone is actively contributing relevant skills and experience, participating constructively in meetings, and actively involved in the work of any committees. It is their role to make sure everyone understands what is expected of them and receives appropriate induction, training and development. It is for the chair to have honest conversations, as necessary, if anyone appears not to be committed or is ineffective in their role. (Governance Handbook, March 2019).

The course is based on the features of effective leadership described in A Competency Framework for Governance (2017) and the Governance Handbook (March 2019). These will be addressed by focusing on:
• Strategic leadership - the Board’s role, with the School’s Leadership team, in setting and championing vision, ethos and strategy.
• Accountability and compliance - driving up educational standards and financial performance.
• People and structures - ensuring that people have the right skills, experience, qualities and capacity, and that structures are in place that reinforce clearly defined roles and responsibilities.
• Evaluation - monitoring and improving the quality and impact of governance.

Michele Robbins has delivered this course for many years in a number of LAs. She has chaired a number of boards including 2 IEBs spanning Primary, Secondary and Special. She also provides customised support for individual boards and SLTs in both academies and schools.
Event Learning Outcomes At the end of the session, Governors will be able to:

• Demonstrate the understanding of the role of the Chair and the skills required to facilitate effective governance.
• Identify and share strategies on how to chair more effectively by distributing leadership
• Illustrate how effective governance can impact on school improvement.
• Build the capacity of governors to support succession planning for the board.
Trainers Michele Robbins
Expiry Date Saturday 10 December 2022
Course categories Governor Support
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0 - 5 yrs No 5 - 7 yrs No 7 - 11 yrs No 11 - 19 yrs No 19+ yrs No 
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SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueMap
Session 1Tuesday 10 December 201909:00 - 15:30King Charles Centre Surbiton, Hollyfield Road, KT5 9AL