Governor CPD

To book onto any of the workshops below, please email jacqui.sugden@ntlearningtrust.org.uk

Monday 4 October – Pupil Premium: how to fulfil the governance role

Governing bodies have a major responsibility in holding school leaders to account for the spending of pupil premium and, in particular, for its impact. All pupil premium spending should be ring-fenced, evidence-based and make a measurable impact, and it is the duty of the governing board to agree the pupil premium strategy, monitor its progress and report on its impact. This workshop explores the basics of pupil premium as well as providing the opportunity for participants to develop a clear practical idea of how the board can fulfil its responsibilities and help make sure that the premium makes the difference it is intended to make.

The workshop will be led by David Werry, an NGA Consultant who has been involved in school governance since 2011 and has experience in all phases from nursery to sixth form, in both mainstream and special education. He is currently chairing the governing body of a primary school and is the chair of a multi-academy trust.

Monday 6 December – Effective Governor monitoring visits

For many governors undertaking a formal monitoring visit to school can be a daunting prospect, especially if you are uncertain about the purpose of your visit and your role. At the end of this session you will be knowledgeable about what makes for successful governor visits and should be confident in carrying them out.

The workshop will be led by Clare Allen, an NGA Consultant with many years’ experience of governance and governance development and training in a wide range of different settings.

Monday 14 February – Ofsted Inspection: what the Governing body needs to know

The prospect of an Ofsted inspection is daunting for everyone, not least for the Governing body who will meet with inspectors and be expected to answer questions about the effectiveness of their school. At the end of this session, participants should be confident about what Ofsted expects, what they as a governor need to know, and how the inspection process works.

The workshop will be led by Richard Tyndall an NGA Consultant with nearly 20 years’ governance experience which includes chairing governing boards in primary schools and a secondary school. He has also chaired an Interim Executive Board and a management committee of a pupil referral unit and has been a governor at a special school. 

Monday 4 April – Financial oversight: the governance role

The need to make the most of school resources has never been more important. Governors need to understand where their school’s funding comes from, their responsibilities for financial oversight, and to ensure that their school gets value for money whilst making an impact. This is no small ask. This workshop provides the opportunity for governors to develop a sound understanding of how to fulfil their compliance and strategic functions to ensure that funding is used as effectively as possible to improve outcomes for pupils in line with school priorities. 

The workshop will be led by Richard Tyndall an NGA Consultant with nearly 20 years’ governance experience which includes chairing governing boards in primary schools and a secondary school. He has also chaired an Interim Executive Board and a management committee of a pupil referral unit and has been a governor at a special school. 

Monday 23 May – Holding to account: question, challenge and courageous conversations

Are you and your governing body confident in tackling underperformance and creating accountability in a constructive way? Do you ask the right questions in the right way? This workshop provides the opportunity for participants to evaluate their current approach and develop the skills and confidence to ask suitable probing questions, challenge proportionately and to know when and how to hold a courageous conversation. 

The workshop will be led by Richard Tyndall an NGA Consultant with nearly 20 years’ governance experience which includes chairing governing boards in primary schools and a secondary school. He has also chaired an Interim Executive Board and a management committee of a pupil referral unit and has been a governor at a special school. 

Monday 27 June – Introduction to data and school performance measures

A key action of governing bodies is to promote high standards and influence best practice, data plays a core role in determining where your school is, what the areas for development and focus are, and can help you assess whether your board’s aims are being met. This session has been developed to ensure you have all the data knowledge and skills you will need at your disposal.

The workshop will be led by Janet Myers, an NGA Consultant who has been a school governor since 2009 and has served in primary and secondary schools as chair and as a parent governor. She has first-hand experience of transforming a governing body to adopt an effective structure and routine, meet its statutory obligations and refocus on school improvement. She is currently chair of a multi-academy trust and is chair of the Cheshire West Governance Association.

 

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