GOVERNOR MEETINGS AND COURSES

Due to venue cancellation policy all courses need to be viable 3 weeks beforehand. To avoid your course being cancelled please ensure that you book well in advance. If you can see the course on this page then it is not in a cancelled state.

What is a Governor?

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:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

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 booking@dtsa.org.uk or phone 01332 706806.

Governance Improvement Partnership (GIP) Meetings

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 :

  • Parental Engagement
  • Ofsted preparation
  • British Values
  • The Monitoring Role
Governance Improvement Partnership Meetings with DGP

3 December 2020
21 April 2021

Facilitator: Various
Venue: Derby Conference Centre, London Road, Derby DE24 8UX
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Cost: £75

NGA Update

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.

NGA Update

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
Cost: £75

General Governance Courses

Well-Being

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?

DGP Well-Being Courses

Thursday 12 November 2020

Venue: Derby Conference Centre, London Road, Derby DE24 8UX
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Cost: £75

Governor Induction

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

DGP Governor Induction

Spring Term
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
Cost: £240

Competency Area 1 – Strategic Leadership

PARENTAL LINKS: Developing Effective Links with Parents and Carers

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.

PARENTAL LINKS: DEVELOPING EFFECTIVE LINKS WITH PARENTS AND CARERS

Tuesday 23 June 2020

Venue: Online
Time: 7 – 9pm
Cost: £50

Competency Area 2 – Accountability

FINANCE: Budget Not Balancing?

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.

DGP Finance Budget Not Balancing?

Wednesday 10 June 2020 – POSTPONED – Details to follow

Venue: Online
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Cost: £50

FINANCE: Overseeing the Financial Performance of the School

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?

DGP Finance Overseeing the Financial Performance of the School

Wednesday 11 November 2020

Venue: Derby Conference Centre, London Road, Derby DE24 8UX
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Cost: £75

FINANCE: Setting a Budget and Reading a Budget Sheet

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?

DGP Finance Setting a budget

Wednesday 14 October 2020

Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: Derby Conference Centre, London Road, Derby DE24 8UX
Cost: £75

SCHOOL PERFORMANCE: The Governor Role in School Performance Management

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?

DGP School Performance Governor role in School Performance Management

Tuesday 7 July 2020

Venue: Online
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Cost: £50

SCHOOL PERFORMANCE: Gathering First Hand Monitoring Evidence

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.

DGP School Performance Gathering First Hand Evidence

Thursday 4 February 2021

Venue: Derby Conference Centre, London Road, Derby DE24 8UX
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Cost: £75

HEADTEACHER: Headteacher Appraisal

Support your head through a robust appraisal process and objectives which support the school improvement agenda.

DGP Headteacher Appraisal

Thursday 2 July 2020 – POSTPONED – Details to follow

Venue: Online
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Cost: £50

Competency Area 3 – People

CHAIRING: Skills of Chairing – Practical Tips for Aspiring Chairs of Governors and Chairs of Committee

An opportunity to consider the skills needed to chair an effective meeting and the essential components of a good meeting.

DGP Skills of Chairing a Meeting

Thursday 26 November 2020

Venue: Derby Conference Centre, London Road, Derby DE24 8UX
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Cost: £105

DISCIPLINE: Managing Disciplinary Panels

These may not happen often, but when they do governors need to know how to manage these correctly.

DGP Managing Disciplinary Panels

To register your interest for this bespoke course, please call 01332 706806 or email booking@dtsa.org.uk.

Venue: Derby Conference Centre, London Road, Derby DE24 8UX
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Cost: £75

DISCIPLINE: Managing Complaints – Panels and Disciplinaries

They may not happen often but when they do, managing these processes well requires a confident knowledgeable approach.

DGP Panels and Disciplinaries Managing Complaints

To register your interest for this bespoke course, please call 01332 706806 or email booking@dtsa.org.uk.

Venue: Derby Conference Centre, London Road, Derby DE24 8UX
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Cost: £75

Competency Area 4 – Structures

What is Your Role as Part of a MAT?

How does governance differ on a LGB? How important are schemes of delegation, how does an LGB ensure their voice is heard?

What is Your Role as Part of a MAT?

To register your interest for this bespoke course, please call 01332 706806 or email booking@dtsa.org.uk.

Venue: Derby Conference Centre, London Road, Derby DE24 8UX
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Cost: £75

GOVERNOR ROLES: Governor Roles and Responsibilities

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.

DGP Governor Roles and Responsibilities

To register your interest for this bespoke course please call 01332 706806 or email booking@dtsa.org.uk.

Venue: Derby Conference Centre, London Road, Derby DE24 8UX
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Cost: £75

Competency Area 5 – Compliance

SAFEGUARDING: The Governor Role

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?

Safeguarding: The Governor Role

Thursday 4 June 2020

Venue: Online
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Cost: £50

PUPIL PREMIUM: The Governor Role

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

Well-Being with DTSA

Thursday 25 February 2021

Venue: Derby Conference Centre, London Road, Derby DE24 8UX
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Cost: £75

SEND: The Role of the SEND Governor

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.

DGP The Role of the SEND Governor

Wednesday 31 March 2021

Venue: Derby Conference Centre, London Road, Derby DE24 8UX
Time:
7pm – 9pm
Cost:
£75

LOOKED AFTER CHILDREN: The Governor Role

How to approach this responsibility, the importance of assessment needs and appropriate support and provision for this very vulnerable group.

DGP Looked After Children The Governor Role

Wednesday 13 January 2021

Venue: Derby Conference Centre, London Road, Derby DE24 8UX
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Cost: £75

DfE Funded Courses

NGA Leading Governance Programme for Chairs

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.

NGA Leading Governance Programme for Chairs

Cost: £399

There are DfE scholarships available. Please see the NGA website or contact the office to discuss your immediate requirements at booking@dtsa.org.uk.

NGA Leading Governance Programme for Clerks

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.

NGA Leading Governance Programme for Clerks

Cost: £350

Some DfE funding is available and the programme will cost £75 if you are eligible.

Please see the NGA website or contact the office to discuss your immediate requirements at booking@dtsa.org.uk.

Courses for Clerks

The Role of the Clerk

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

The Role of the Clerk

To register your interest for this bespoke course, please call 01332 706806 or email booking@dtsa.org.uk.

Venue: Derby Conference Centre, London Road, Derby DE24 8UX
Time:
7pm – 9pm
Cost:
£75

Clerks: Developing Systems to Support Effective Governance

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: Developing Systems

Thursday 21 January 2021

Venue: Derby Conference Centre, London Road, Derby DE24 8UX
Time:
7pm – 9pm
Cost:
£75

Administration

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.

DGP Courses for Clerks Administration

To register your interest for this bespoke course please call 01332 706806 or email booking@dtsa.org.uk.

Venue: Derby Conference Centre, London Road, Derby DE24 8UX
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Cost: £75