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Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Reforms - Implications for Governors (Governors) (EVENT FULL)

A revised EYFS Framework will become statutory from September 2021. The EYFS framework sets the standards to make sure that children aged from birth to 5 learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. The framework is for all Ofsted registered early years providers in all settings, including: nurseries, childminders, preschools, and reception classes.

Governors and Senior leaders in all schools will need to be aware of the statutory and non-statutory changes that are being introduced for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), following recent reforms. This training looks at the rat ...
Course Code: EDU 21/963

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Session 1Wednesday 22 September 202118:30 - 20:00Home Study, N/A, N/A
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New Governors - Understanding your Role (Governors) (EVENT FULL)

This programme is delivered virtually across two sessions and is aimed at all new governors, associate members and clerks. Ideally, participants will have attended at least one meeting of their board before attending the course but all governors should aim to attend this induction programme within the first three months of their appointment/or election.

The content is structured around the Three Core Functions set out in The Governance Handbook and is closely cross referenced to Ofsted’s criteria for judging effective governance.

It will provide essential information about governance in ...
Course Code: EDU 21/939

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Session 1Wednesday 22 September 202118:30 - 20:30Home Study, N/A, N/A
Session 2Wednesday 29 September 202118:30 - 20:30Home Study, N/A, N/A
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The Performance Management of the Headteacher (Governors)

It is a core function of the governing board to hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff. This statutory duty applies to all LA maintained school governing boards. Academies are free to determine their own appraisal process and may adopt the requirements for LA maintained schools if they wish.

It is recommended that at least 3 governors on every governing board are delegated this responsibility and attend training in order to carry out the performance management of the headteacher. This session will ...
Course Code: EDU 21/969
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Session 1Thursday 30 September 202118:30 - 20:00Home Study, N/A, N/A
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School Complaints Procedures (Governors)

This briefing is relevant to all governors, trustees, associate members and clerks. The aim is to provide a comprehensive overview of the schools complaints procedure and the statutory duties placed on Governing Boards of Local Authority (LA) maintained schools; however the protocol and principles are applicable to all school settings.

The purpose is to ensure all governors are aware and confident in the knowledge of national and local best practice advice and guidance on school complaints procedures.

The objective of the session will be to embed the duties placed on governors through di ...
Course Code: EDU 21/955
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Session 1Monday 4 October 202118:30 - 20:00Home Study, N/A, N/A
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Safeguarding - The Governing Board’s Role and Responsibilities (Governors) (EVENT FULL)

The statutory guidance section 175, Education Act (2002) and Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2021), places statutory requirements on all governing boards. Governing boards must make sure that their school has relevant policies and procedures in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and take into account any statutory guidance issued by the Secretary of State, any local authority guidance and locally agreed inter-agency procedures through the Kingston and Richmond Safeguarding Partnership.

There have been significant changes to legislation over the years, and ...
Course Code: EDU 21/952

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Session 1Wednesday 6 October 202118:30 - 20:30Home Study, N/A, N/A
Session 2Wednesday 13 October 202118:30 - 20:30Home Study, N/A, N/A
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Health and Safety for Headteachers and Governors (Governors)

Effective Health & Safety (H&S) management starts with commitment and understanding from the senior leadership team of a school. The Headteacher and Governors’ commitment to H&S will be reflected in good practice throughout the school.

Numerous high profile health and safety cases, which relate to educational activities, stress the need to have improved information and training for those with responsibilities for safety in schools. This course provides an overview of the main school health and safety issues and responsibilities. The course has been designed to let headteachers and governors ...
Course Code: EDU 21/928
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Session 1Monday 11 October 202118:30 - 20:30Home Study, N/A, N/A
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Newly Appointed Chairs’ Induction Briefing (Governors)

This virtual briefing is aimed at all newly appointed chairs/or co-chairs of the governing board.

The key purpose of the session is for the AfC Governor Support team to introduce themselves and provide you with an overview of your new role and the support, advice and professional development opportunities that are available to you.

The objective is to equip you to carry out your duties and functions as effectively as possible from the outset. It will also provide you with the opportunity to network with fellow new chairs and ask any questions that you may have about your new role and r ...
Course Code: EDU 21/944
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Session 1Tuesday 12 October 202119:00 - 20:30Home Study, N/A, N/A
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EIF Briefing: Introduction for Governors (Governors) (EVENT FULL)

The aim of this session is to provide a comprehensive overview of the new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) and is relevant to all governors and associate members.

Ofsted’s new Education Inspection Framework came into effect in September 2019. The aim of the new framework is to refocus inspections of schools to make sure that learners receive a high-quality education, through the school’s rich curriculum offer.

The purpose is to ensure all governors are aware and confident in the knowledge of the new framework and best practice approaches to adopt at local level.

The session is t ...
Course Code: EDU 21/740

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Session 1Thursday 14 October 202118:30 - 20:30Home Study, N/A, N/A
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SEND for Governors (Governors)

Governors and Senior leaders in all schools and academies will be aware that the areas of special educational needs and disability (SEND) are areas where legislation is particularly complex and demanding. There should be a member of the governing body or a sub-committee with specific oversight of the school’s arrangements for SEN and disability.

The Department for Education (DfE) clearly states that ‘all children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) should be able to reach their full potential in school. They should also be supported to make a successful tr ...
Course Code: EDU 21/764
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Session 1Thursday 14 October 202118:30 - 20:30Home Study, N/A, N/A
Session 2Thursday 21 October 202118:30 - 20:30Home Study, N/A, N/A
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Focus on PPG provision and your monitoring role (Governors)

Due to COVID-19 there are now serious concerns that the persistent progress and attainment gap experienced by many disadvantaged pupils in schools in England will be widening, exacerbating the damaging effect of poverty on their life chances. Mental health and wellbeing is also of significant concern (Andrews, Robinson & Hutchinson, 2017, EEF 2020, Sutton Trust 2020, DfE 2021, NFER 2021).

This course provides an update for governors on current national and local approaches to supporting disadvantaged pupils. It provides governors with key pointers to help them support their schools to ensu ...
Course Code: EDU 21/761
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Session 1Tuesday 19 October 202118:30 - 20:00Home Study, N/A, N/A
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