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

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 pupil ...
Course Code: EDU 19/441

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Session 1Wednesday 6 November 201918:30 - 20:30Twickenham Training Centre, 53 Grimwood Road, TW1 1BY
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Preparing for statutory relationships and sex education (RSE): an update for school governors (Governors)

From September 2020, all primary schools will be required to deliver 'Relationships Education', and all secondary schools will be required to deliver ‘Relationships and Sex Education’. All schools will be required to deliver Health Education. Schools are encouraged to begin implementing the changes from September 2019.

This session will help school Governors to understand their statutory duties under the new guidance and their role in supporting schools to ensure compliance in relation to policy, pupil progress, accessibility, assessment, parental communication and resourcing.

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Course Code: EDU 19/443
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Session 1Wednesday 6 November 201919:00 - 21:00King Charles Centre Surbiton, Hollyfield Road, KT5 9AL
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School Financial Management - Part 2 (Governors)

“The board’s third core function is to oversee financial performance and make sure public money is well spent. It should do this by ensuring it has at least one individual with specific, relevant skills and experience of financial matters. This individual should also build a relationship with the school business professional acting as the link between the SBP and the governing board. However, everyone on the board should have a basic understanding of the financial cycle and the legal requirements of the school on accountability and spend.”
(Governance Handbook, March 2019, DfE)

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Course Code: EDU 19/507
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Session 1Thursday 7 November 201919:00 - 21:00Twickenham Training Centre, 53 Grimwood Road, TW1 1BY
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The Role of Governors in the Exclusion Process (Governor)

Good discipline in schools is essential to ensure that all pupils can benefit from the opportunities provided by education. The Government supports headteachers in using exclusion as a sanction where it is warranted. However, permanent exclusion should only be used as a last resort, in response to a serious breach or persistent breaches, of the school's behaviour policy; and where allowing the pupil to remain in school would seriously harm the education or welfare of the pupil or others in the school.

Governors have a statutory duty to review certain pupil exclusions and consider parents' ...
Course Code: EDU 19/383
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Session 1Tuesday 12 November 201919:00 - 21:00King Charles Centre Surbiton, Hollyfield Road, KT5 9AL
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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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Session 1Thursday 14 November 201918:30 - 20:30Twickenham 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 1Thursday 14 November 201909:00 - 15:30King Charles Centre Surbiton, Hollyfield Road, KT5 9AL
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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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