It is a challenging time for school leadership and Governing bodies as budgets shrink and expenditure increases!
This course will examine the governors' role in the budget setting process; the key points they should be aware of; what they need to budget for; the need to link the budget and the school development plan (SDP) and what questions governors might want to ask. As well as the importance of monitoring the Budget throughout the hear and how this might be done.
There will also be a section particular to the lockdown of schools this school year.Essential Information
Due to this session being run remotely, it will be run over two morning sessions. If we are able to run face to face training we will let you know.
The course is accredited and has been produced by the Safer Recruitment Consortium, a partnership between four organisations with the safety and wellbeing of children at their heart:
Safer Recruitment workshop content:
A standard assessment has been provided to cover the workshop content. The questions relevant to each session will be delivered at the end of each session, 13 questions in total.
This course is in two parts, delivered via Zoom, each lasting 90 minutes. It has been put together and will be led by governor training and consultant, Andrew Dodge, a school governor and chair himself, with experience in infant, primary, secondary and special schools, both maintained and academy.
The first session is on Saturday 1st May - 10:00 to 11:30 and the second session is at 13:00 to 14:30
As well as some presentation, these online sessions are very interactive including activities and group discussion. The content is structured around the Three Core Functions of school governance described in the DfE Governance Handbook and covers everything you need to know in order to 2hit the ground running" and become an effective member of your governing body team.
You will gain all the essential information about schools and the education system including jargon-busting, types of school, categories of governor, the curriculum, assessment and Ofsted inspection. You will explore what governors do and, equally important, what they should not do, with tips on how to maintain a strategic focus and avoid getting involved in the day-to-day, operational running of the school.
Core Function 1 - Clarity of Vision, Ethos and Strategy including self-evaluation and improvement planning.
Core Function 2 - Holding the Headteacher to Account covers the headteacher's report, interpreting data, advice on visiting the school and the sort of questions to ask when schools are operating normally. This session will also cover governors' accountability during school closure and the essentials to focus on.
Core Function 3 - Overseeing the Financial Performance of the School explores how governors ensure public money is well spent.
You will learn about governors' statutory duties and how to engage effectively with parents, pupils and staff.
Above all, the course should leave you motivated and inspired to contribute to your governing body thereby improving the eduction of the pupils at your school.
This course is aimed at Governors who are new to school finance or those who want to update their knowledge. This should help you to understand your key duties relating to your role in understanding and monitoring these two key areas of school finance.Essential Information
This session will help you to become more familiar with the Ofsted Framework
To know how Governors can support the school both before, during and after the inspection
To reflect on some effective methods to get the appropriate information needed to support the school and how to be an effective Governor.Essential Information
This session will give governors an awareness of the legal framework in relation to health and safety and better enable governors to understand their responsibilities. It will explain the process of risk management in a school environment and provide a management framework for schools to work within. A brief examination of Hounslow's own policies and procedures will be included.Essential Information