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Asking challenging and constructive questions based on the key Ofsted judgements (Governors)

Event/course Code EDU 19/441
Event/course type Training course
Event Introduction The role of the school governor has changed, and continues to change. Aside from juggling work and family commitments, governors must know their schools well and meet the expectations set by the Department for Education and Ofsted.
Knowing your school well and asking challenging questions are two of the eight elements of effective governance.

The role of the school’s Governing Board is to challenge the status quo and to ask, “so what is the impact of that?” With education changing apace, it is vital that “impact?” becomes the mantra adopted by all governors to ensure the progress of pupils in the school.

This course covers a number of key questions to develop governors’ thinking and acts as a prompt when talking to school leaders. The questions will enable Governing Boards to identify areas to celebrate or challenge in their schools, enabling them to work with their senior leaders to drive improvement. Governing boards are increasingly assessed on how well they carry out their roles and responsibilities. During inspection, inspectors will consider the extent to which Governing Boards ask challenging questions of school leaders and whether these questions result in follow up action to improve outcomes for pupils.

Please note: This session is fully funded to all those schools that subscribe to SPARK or standalone Governor Support.
Event Content Governors and school leaders share a common goal, which is to achieve the very best for their pupils through collaboration, tailored challenge and support. All of this contributes to school improvement and providing the best possible standard of provision for all. This is achieved through open and honest communication, and feedback built on professional relationships that are characterised by confidence and trust. This approach supports schools in their relentless quest for improvement at all levels. As governors, an effective tool to achieve this goal is to ask ‘brave questions.’

This course will enable governors to explore a range of questions that demonstrate ‘effective challenge’ in the key Ofsted judgments:
• Quality of education
• Behaviour and attitudes
• personal development
• Leadership and management
(Ofsted Education Inspection Framework, May 2019)

These questions are designed to help Governing Boards regardless of experience level, from the very confident and competent, to the less so. The more you discover about the school and its performance, the more follow-up questions you may need to ask to dig deeper on specific issues. As a result, governors will be equipped with the right questions to effectively challenge leaders, resulting in rich professional dialogue about their school.

The course facilitator, Jenell Chetty, is an education specialist with extensive expertise in leading and managing schools. School improvement has been at the heart of her career and she has held numerous senior leadership positions, including Education Director for a multi-academy trust, Executive Headteacher and Senior School Improvement Adviser for two Local Authorities. Jenell draws on her vast experience to empower leaders with practical hints and tips.
Event Learning Outcomes By the end of the course, governors will be able to:

• Explain the importance of asking the right questions to challenge leaders
• Develop a constructive framework of questions that extends that level of challenge
• Identify how governors can further develop the strategic thinking of the leaders using effective questioning
• Build their confidence and skills by exploring a range of questions covering the key Ofsted judgements
• Improve their skills in asking challenging questions
Trainers Jenell Chetty
Expiry Date Sunday 6 November 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 1Wednesday 6 November 201918:30 - 20:30Twickenham Training Centre, 53 Grimwood Road, TW1 1BY