Newsletter and governor development opportunities 2021

In order to support governors through this academic year, and in response to the challenges we face as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we've revised the governor development opportunities available. The sessions are current and up-to-date to ensure that governors feel confident and well equipped to be able to provide the support and necessary challenge to the headteacher of the school where they're a governor.

All the sessions will be delivered virtually using Microsoft Teams (at a reduced cost of £55 per governor per session, unless otherwise stated) until we're in a position to be able to deliver the sessions face to face once more.

Read our newsletter and development opportunities brochure 2021-22.

Date Session Time
Tuesday 14 September 2021 Essential governor briefing: Engaging with your school's self-evaluation using the Barnsley Risk Assessment Framework 2021-2022 6.30pm to 8pm
Wednesday 15 September 2021 Effective headteacher appraisal 6.30pm to 8pm
Tuesday 28 September 2021 An introduction to the inspection process and how it may apply to your school 6.30pm to 8pm
Thursday 7 October 2021 DfE guidance: Teaching a broad and balanced curriculum for education recovery 6.30pm to 8pm
Tuesday 12 October 2021 Being an effective link governor for English (phonics, reading and writing) 6.30pm to 8pm
Thursday 14 October 2021 Health and Safety  
Tuesday 26 October 2021 Promoting positive education outcomes for looked after children - fulfilling the statutory duties for looked after children 6.30pm to 8pm
Tuesday 2 November 2021   Preparation for Ofted inspections - SEND 6pm to 8pm

About the sessions

Engaging with your school's self-evaluation using the Barnsley Risk Assessment Framework 2021-2022

The Barnsley Risk Assessment Framework for 2021-2022 has undergone significant revision since the summer term to align it with the new Ofsted criteria implemented from September 2021.

Governors, particularly Chairs, are strongly encouraged to engage in the termly visit with their School Effectiveness Officer (SEO) to support their headteacher and other leaders with their school’s risk assessment process, and to deepen their understanding of how this criteria is applied.

Over the year these meetings will contribute to the cumulative Building A Picture document (2021-2022) that can provide governors with externally validated information about their school’s performance, improvement priorities, and progress in addressing these. Governors will also notice that this document has also undergone significant revision for the current academic year.

Therefore, it's highly recommended that each governing board is represented so that this essential information is shared and applied by each governing board.

Aims and objectives

The session covers:

  • Knowing and understanding the risk assessment framework and how the criteria align with the Ofsted framework that applies from September 2021.
  • Engaging constructively with your School Effectiveness Officer during the autumn term visit in order to contribute to and receive external validation of your school’s self-evaluation.
  • Knowing and understanding the ‘non-negotiables’ identified in the criteria that may limit your school’s overall evaluation, and why these are important.
  • Using the Building a Picture (BAP) template to inform your school’s plan of business for the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • Preparing governors at those schools anticipating inspection in 2021-2022 with the necessary information and insights to help them with their meetings with Ofsted inspectors.
  • Ensuring governors are best prepared to provide the appropriate balance of challenge and support in order that they fulfil their statutory functions effectively.

Audience

Chairs and other leading governors (including governors involved in SISG meetings) wishing to know and understand the local authority risk assessment process and engage with the local authority aligned officer during the autumn, spring and summer term visits across the 2021-2022 academic year.

Led by

Jo Bentley, BMBC School Effectiveness Officer

Brian Beal, Education Consultant

Cost

£15 (subsidised by Barnsley Alliance)

Effective headteacher appraisal

Governing boards are responsible for the appraisal of their headteacher with the statutory duties for governors laid out in the Governance Handbook (DfE, October 2020).

Academies are free to determine their own appraisal process and may adopt the requirements for maintained schools if they wish. Boards in maintained schools have statutory duties.

The board should ensure a robust appraisal policy is in place which minimises impact on workload. Appraisal should be a supportive, developmental process designed to ensure that all teachers and executive school leaders have the skills and support that they need to carry out their role effectively.

Aims and objectives

  • To understand the statutory requirements for the performance management of headteachers.
  • To understand the roles and expectations of the governing board (panel), the external adviser and headteacher.
  • To know and understand the performance management cycle including the setting of objectives, summative review of performance, and interim monitoring.
  • To know and understand the preparation for, effective participation in, and follow-up actions for the annual performance management meeting with the headteacher.
  • To know and understand what constitutes well focused, appropriate and rigorous objectives and success criteria.

Audience

All governors

Led by

Brian Beal, Education Consultant

An introduction to the inspection process and how it may apply to your school

This is a workshop for governors who have no previous experience of the inspection process in order that they have secure knowledge and understanding of how this works in order to best support their school prior to, during and after inspection.

This is not an update for more experienced governors, but provides an introduction to the way that Ofsted inspects schools.

Aims and objectives

The workshop covers:

  • how and when schools will be inspected
  • the evaluation schedule - how schools will be judged
  • how the inspection framework will be applied in different contexts

Audience

School governors with little or no previous experience of supporting their school through inspection.

Led by

Brian Beal, Education Consultant

DfE guidance: Teaching a broad and balanced curriculum for education recovery

In June 2021, the DfE published its guidance ‘Teaching a broad and balanced curriculum for education recovery’. This non-statutory guidance is for teachers and leaders in reception and key stages 1, 2 and 3 who are responsible for the curriculum and its teaching. It offers suggestions to help schools decide how to prioritise elements within their curriculum for education recovery.

It identifies the need to teach a broad and balanced curriculum in all subjects, including what pupils learn from wider experiences such as educational visits and visitors to the school.

Taking the planned, sequenced curriculum as a starting point, it identifies the need to prioritise teaching missed content that will allow pupils to make sense of later work in the curriculum. This includes key knowledge, skills, vocabulary, concepts, and the links between concepts.

Aims and objectives

The workshop includes:

  • exploration of the purposes of assessments
  • the roles of additional support and interventions and how these can be underpinned by evidence-based approaches.

The review date for this guidance is June 2022, therefore this workshop is timely in order that governors are fully informed and able to support leaders with their development.

Audience

All school governors.

Led by

Brian Beal, Education Consultant

Being an effective link governor for English (phonics, reading and writing)

All school leaders know and understand that reading should be prioritised to allow pupils to access the full curriculum offer.

A rigorous and sequential approach to the reading curriculum develops pupils’ fluency, confidence and enjoyment in reading.

The sharp focus on ensuring that younger children gain phonics knowledge and language comprehension necessary to read, and the skills to communicate, gives them the foundations for future learning.

Did you know that writing is a school improvement priority across primary schools in Barnsley, and that for many schools it is the subject most impacted by the COVID lockdowns and bubble closures?

Aims and objectives

To reflect these priorities, this workshop will clarify and explore the key information that governors need to know and understand so that they can effectively support their school in order that these priorities for teaching English are met.

Audience

All school governors.

Led by

Brian Beal, Education Consultant

Health and Safety

By the end of the training session Governors will have a greater understanding of Health and Safety legislation, specifically in relation to the roles of the employer/employee, the roles and responsibilities of the Governors and that of the Headteacher.

In addition, Governors will have an appreciation of the arrangements the Headteacher will have to put in place to manage COVID-19 effectively and keep the staff and children safe within the school.

Aims and objectives

The training and discussion will clarify roles and responsibilities of the school Governing Body in relation to the current legal requirements of the management of Health and Safety. The session will raise awareness of the critical relationships with internal and external bodies and the arrangements needed to be in place and provide an overview of the Health and Safety implications of both managing COVID-19 and keeping staff and children safe within schools.

Audience

All school governors.

Led by

Jeremy Ward, BMBC Health, Safety and Emergency Resilience Advisor

Preparation for Ofsted inspections - SEND

To gain an overview of the documentation which supports schools to become Ofsted ready in relation to their SEND offer for children and young people.

Aims and objectives 

By the end of the session Governors will have:

  • a good understanding of how the new framework links SEND throughout education
  • a detailed description of questions that may arise during an inspection
  • an understanding of the themes for exploration during inspections
  • an understanding of how to support schools to become Ofsted ready through check and challenge

Audience 

Governors

Led by 

Bev Bradley SEND Improvement Officer 

Cost

£15.00 

Promoting positive education outcomes for looked after children – fulfilling the statutory duties for looked after children

Governors have a statutory duty to meet the need of looked after children

Aims and objectives

The session will familiarise governors with their key duties in respect of looked after and previously looked after children including admissions, inclusion and providing appropriate staff development.

The session will also explain the purpose of the looked after pupil premium and how this additional funding is distributed and evaluated.

Governors will have the opportunity to consider their own school in light of the legislation and consider any monitoring activities they would like to undertake in their role as governor.

Audience

All school governors.

Led by

Elizabeth Gibson, Barnsley Council Virtual School Head for Looked After and Previously Looked After Children

Find and book a course

You can book a place on a course through our Personal Online Development (POD) system or email Governor Services