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Getting to Grips with Governance - Part 1 (Governors)

The Department for Education and Ofsted have high expectations of boards of governors/trustees. They are the strategic leaders of our schools/academies and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education.

“All governance boards, no matter what type of school or how many schools they govern, have three core functions:
• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
• Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and ...
Course Code: EDU 19/446

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Getting to Grips with Governance - Part 2 (Governors)

The Department for Education and Ofsted have high expectations of boards of governors/trustees. They are the strategic leaders of our schools/academies and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education.

“All governance boards, no matter what type of school or how many schools they govern, have three core functions:
• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
• Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and ...
Course Code: EDU 19/447
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Session 1Thursday 21 November 201918:30 - 20:30Twickenham Training Centre, 53 Grimwood Road, TW1 1BY
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Clerks Briefing (Governors)

The clerk’s role is fundamental to the smooth running of the governing boards. The Department for Education recognises that professional-quality clerking is critical to the effectiveness of a governing board in fulfilling its core strategic functions.

To assist clerks in delivering the responsibilities of the role, Achieving for Children provide a termly clerks’ briefing meeting. This is aimed at current clerks serving Kingston and Richmond school governing bodies. The aim of the termly briefing is to support excellent governance in all schools across the two boroughs. It is an opportunity ...
Course Code: EDU 19/357
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Session 1Tuesday 26 November 201910:00 - 12:00King Charles Centre Surbiton, Hollyfield Road, KT5 9AL
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Clerks Briefing (Governors)

The clerk’s role is fundamental to the smooth running of the governing boards. The Department for Education recognises that professional-quality clerking is critical to the effectiveness of a governing board in fulfilling its core strategic functions.

To assist clerks in delivering the responsibilities of the role, Achieving for Children provide a termly clerks’ briefing meeting. This is aimed at current clerks serving Kingston and Richmond school governing bodies. The aim of the termly briefing is to support excellent governance in all schools across the two boroughs. It is an opportunity ...
Course Code: EDU 19/362
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Session 1Tuesday 26 November 201918:00 - 20:00Twickenham Training Centre, 53 Grimwood Road, TW1 1BY
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Effective School Visits - Setting the context for Governors (Governors)

The Governance Handbook states that Governors need to know their school, if accountability is going to be robust and their vision for the school is to be achieved (March 2019).

Governors need to know their school if accountability is to be robust and their vision for the school to be achieved. Through pre-arranged visits which have a clear focus, the board can see for themselves how policies and improvement plans are working in practice. Visits also provide an opportunity to talk with pupils, staff and parents, to build relationships and to demonstrate commitment. Visiting and taking part ...
Course Code: EDU 19/414
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Session 1Wednesday 27 November 201919:00 - 21:00King Charles Centre Surbiton, Hollyfield Road, KT5 9AL
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British Values & Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural (SMSC) Development – What Do Inspectors Look for on Inspection & Implications on Governance? (Governors)

All schools “have a duty to ‘actively promote’ the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.” (Guidance on promoting British values in schools, Nov 2014) This session can help schools to demonstrate how they are meeting the requirements of section 78 of the Education Act 2002, in their provision of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development.

It is clear that as school leaders and governors, we have a duty to promote British values and spiritual, moral, social and cu ...
Course Code: EDU 19/444
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Session 1Thursday 28 November 201918:30 - 20:30Twickenham Training Centre, 53 Grimwood Road, TW1 1BY
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Safer Recruitment in Education (Governors) (EVENT FULL)

Research, experience and learning from serious case reviews all illustrate the importance of strong and effective recruitment and selection procedures that help deter, reject or identify people who might abuse children, or who are otherwise unsuited to working with them.

Organisations that provide services to children must incorporate these measures into their processes to remain safe, making safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children an integral part of human resources (HR) management in organisations that work with children is an essential part of creating safe environments. The n ...
Course Code: EDU 19/342

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Session 1Thursday 28 November 201909:00 - 15:30Twickenham Training Centre, 53 Grimwood Road, TW1 1BY
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Leading in Partnership Governors/Trustees (Governors)

The working relationship between the Head-teacher/Principal and the Chair of the board is crucial in ensuring school/academy effectiveness. “One of the key characteristics expected within the National standards of excellence for head-teachers, is that they should welcome strong governance and actively support their board to understand its role and deliver its core functions effectively. Executive leaders should welcome and enable appropriately robust challenge by providing any data the board requests and responding positively to searching questions.” Governance Handbook (March 2019)

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Course Code: EDU 19/365
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Session 1Tuesday 3 December 201909:00 - 15:30Twickenham Training Centre, 53 Grimwood Road, TW1 1BY
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Kingston and Richmond Joint Governors' Partnership Meeting (Governors)

The termly Governors’ partnership meeting is aimed at current serving chairs and vice chairs from across both Kingston and Richmond boroughs. The objective of the meeting is to promote and support effective governance in all school settings.

The termly meetings are facilitated by the Director of Education Services and Governor Support Service. The agendas always cover topical updates of national and local importance to governance.

The meetings are a valuable opportunity for chairs and vice chairs to meet, network and share information and best practice.
Meetings take place on a terml ...
Course Code: EDU 19/494
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Session 1Wednesday 4 December 201919:00 - 21:00Twickenham Training Centre, 53 Grimwood Road, TW1 1BY
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Leading in Governance (Governors)

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 ch ...
Course Code: EDU 19/337
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Session 1Tuesday 10 December 201909:00 - 15:30King Charles Centre Surbiton, Hollyfield Road, KT5 9AL
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