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Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy headteacher. In some schools the site is owned by the governing board. It is the governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in the school and it is governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.
Governors have three core functions:
For more information please see the NGA National Governance Association
The courses we hold enable governors to fulfill their role.
For course enquiries or general questions, please email email@example.com or phone 01332 706806.
A chance to collaborate and share practice, concerns and ideas with other governors. A facilitated discussion session looking at a theme identified by governors themselves.
Previous sessions have covered :
A chance to be updated every term by DGP and senior NGA personnel on issues of the day facing governors and clerks. A friendly interactive session where you can have your questions addressed – far more than just information giving.
Thursday 9 July 2020 – TBC
Thursday 22 October 2020
Thursday 11 February 2021
Venue: Derby Conference Centre, London Road, Derby DE24 8UX
Time: 7pm – 9pm
An essential to a successful school but how do governors ensure it for staff and pupils?
A great deal is written and talked about in this area of school life and how hard it is to achieve with the constant challenges we face. What is our role here?
Underpinning all of our courses is the DGP Governor Induction Programme which consists of three modules, each one covering a core strategic function as detailed in the latest DfE Governor Handbook.
We strongly urge any governor or clerk who has not followed this programme to book a place – information about the next session can be found in our regular e-newsletters or on our website.
Governors are busy people but there is a national expectation that they will keep their skills up to date and this is something Ofsted will consider.
Having followed an induction programme governors can develop their skills further by following up with other courses linked to the core strategic functions.
Three sessions plus on going mentoring
Thursday 19 March 2020
– Postponed to 16 July 2020 and will now be online
Cohort One – Autumn Term 2020
Tuesday 29 September 2020
Thursday 8 October 2020
Thursday 15 October 2020
Cohort Two – Spring Term 2021
Wednesday 3 March 2021
Wednesday 10 March 2021
Wednesday 17 March 2021
Facilitator: Sandra Fletcher
Venue: Derby Conference Centre, London Road, Derby DE24 8UX
Time: 7pm – 9pm
A strong link with parents and carers, involving them in their child’s education is a very important aspect of school life and yet one not always easily achieved. This course looks at how the governors can play a part here.
Is it time to think about a staffing restructure? This is an ideal session for heads, chairs and chairs of finance to get to grips with this thorny issue.
Discharging this core function and looking at the implications of flat budgets. You’re your school have the financial expertise to cope in these very challenging times ahead?
An ideal follow on from governor induction for those on the finance committee and any governor wishing to have a better understanding of the strategic financial role. What are the key elements when setting a budget and what are the things to look for when reading a budget sheet?
One of our strategic functions is to hold the head to account for the performance management of staff. This is a fundamental system of bringing about school improvement and one which Ofsted will explore. How do you ensure your PM systems are robust? What is the governor role in this process?
Gain a greater understanding of the purpose of governor visits, how the evidence you gather support monitoring of the school development plan and strategic vision.
Support your head through a robust appraisal process and objectives which support the school improvement agenda.
An opportunity to consider the skills needed to chair an effective meeting and the essential components of a good meeting.
These may not happen often, but when they do governors need to know how to manage these correctly.
They may not happen often but when they do, managing these processes well requires a confident knowledgeable approach.
How does governance differ on a LGB? How important are schemes of delegation, how does an LGB ensure their voice is heard?
This course will focus on the two competency areas of People and Structures; the strategic nature of board, effectuve structures, people and team working in a professional way to bring about highly effective governance.
Ofsted see safeguarding as the ‘golden thread’ which impacts on all areas of inspection. Whilst there will be designated safeguarding, ALL governors have a safeguarding responsibility. How do you discharge this vital responsibility?
An opportunity to understand how this funding can be spent. The need to be fully aware of its impact on the performance of this group of pupils in the school.
The need to evaluate spending and be well prepared for conversations with Ofsted.
This covers Competency Areas 2 and 5
SEND is the responsibility of ALL governors, not just the designated governor. How does your governing body discharge the responsibility? Understand the principles of inclusion and how to champion the needs of SEND children in your school.
How to approach this responsibility, the importance of assessment needs and appropriate support and provision for this very vulnerable group.
DGP is working with the NGA to deliver the National Training Programme for Chairs of Governors and Aspiring Chairs (also appropriate for vice chairs and chairs of committees). This programme has been developed by the National College for Teaching and Leadership / DfE to develop leadership skills with school improvement as a key theme. It has been designed to help you focus on the essential elements of being an effective chair. Please see www.leadinggovernance.org for more details.
Level 3 Certificate in Clerking of School and Governing Boards
This accredited NGA Leading Governance Development for Clerks school and trust settings. It helps develop the knowledge and skills needed for high-quality clerking.
This programme offers a blend of flexible learning over approximately a nine month period. Led by experienced facilitators, participants will attend workshops and access effective one-to-one mentoring throughout the duration of this programme. Learning will be both group-led and independent.
To discharge the roles and responsibility of a clerk fully and effectively you must understand the national
expectation of and for strong governance and what this means for a governing board.
• Competency Area 1: Understanding governance
• Competency Area 3: Advice and guidance
Governors work as a corporate body. The clerk, chair and head are charged with developing systems and structures which allow a board to work efficiently and effectively. How do you, as a clerk, do this?
Clerks: Agendas and Minutes
An appropriate agenda and well written minutes are essential to a good meeting. What makes a good agenda? How do you ensure the minutes are both an accurate record and reflect strong governance practises.