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
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 6pm to 8pm
Tuesday 26 October 2021 Promoting positive education outcomes for looked after children - fulfilling the statutory duties for looked after children 6.30pm to 8pm
Thursday 28 October Designated teacher network session 2pm to 4pm
Tuesday 2 November 2021   Preparation for Ofsted inspections - SEND 6pm to 8pm
Thursday 4 November 2021 Ofsted's education inspection handbooks have changed - What do governors need to know? 6.30pm to 8pm
Tuesday 9 November 2021 Induction - Welcome to governance! 6.30pm to 8pm
Thursday 11 November 2021 Induction - Welcome to governance! 6.30pm to 8pm
Tuesday 16 November 2021 Handling parental complaints - An essential guide for governors 6.30pm to 8pm
Monday 29 November 2021 Responding effectively to sexual misconduct - webinar 6pm to 8pm
Monday 6 December 2021 Safeguarding training for school governors - webinar 6pm to 8pm
Wednesday 8 December 2021 Thinking about joining a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT)? 6.30pm to 8pm
Thursday 9 December 2021 Understanding academy trust governance: Structures and roles 6.30pm to 8pm
Tuesday 14 December 2021 Safeguarding for governors: Online safety - webinar 6pm to 8pm

About the sessions

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

Cost

£55.00

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

Cost

£55.00

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

Cost

£55.00

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

Cost

£15.00

Designated teacher network session

Led by 

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

Cost

£15.00 

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 

Ofsted's education inspection handbooks have changed - What do governors need to know?

Ofsted’s education inspection handbooks have changed again for September 2021… so what do governors need to know?

This briefing will identify the main changes to the inspection handbooks that will apply to schools from September 2021.

Aims and objectives 

The workshop assumes that governors are familiar with the inspection process and provides opportunities to explore the main changes for this academic year that they will need to be aware of so that they can consider and reflect on leaders’ evaluations of their schools, and to best support their school if it moves into the inspection window.

Audience 

School governors wishing to update their knowledge of the inspection process.

Led by 

Brian Beal, Education Consultant

Cost

£55.00 

Induction - Welcome to governance!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR ALL NEW GOVERNORS

There has never been a more challenging time to become a school governor as schools and their governing boards are continually having to respond to ongoing and rapidly changing guidance due to the COVID crisis. It is crucial that governors understand their roles and how these support and compliment those of school leaders in these most challenging of times.

The purpose of these two linked induction sessions is to ensure that you know and understand your responsibilities as you contribute to the work of your governing board in fulfilling its statutory duties. It aims to provide you with the insights and the confidence to contribute effectively in your first year as a new governor.

Aims and objectives 

The sessions cover:

  • knowing and understanding the core functions of the governing board and the key features of effective governance:
  • the governing board’s accountability to, and relationship with others (eg Ofsted, DFE, LA, Diocese);
  • the governance structure of the organisation, including its constitution and procedures, scheme of delegation and how and where decisions can be made.

NOTE: This induction programme includes two sessions that include pre-reading and a straightforward gap task.

Audience 

All new governors, including for maintained schools and academies (including at local and trust levels).

Led by 

Brian Beal, Education Consultant

Cost

£55.00 

Handling parental complaints - An essential guide for governors

Parental complaints have increased over the past two years and governors have found that handling these is often problematic and because they have not been adequately prepared to deal with these effectively.

Often, and with the best of intentions, governors have exacerbated the situation further, requiring escalation of the complaint and often external intervention.

Fortunately, most schools receive very few parental complaints and these are typically infrequent, but all schools must have a complaints procedure and governors must know, understand and be able to comply with its expectations.

Unfortunately, this is not always the case and leaders and governors can inadvertently create additional problems when they do not apply their procedure fairly and consistently.

Aims and objectives 

This workshop aims to help governors know and understand: 

  • The requirements for the content and publication of complaints procedures that apply to maintained schools and academies based on the DfE’s guidance
  • The process for dealing with parental complaints for maintained schools and academies
  • Dealing with parental complaints made against Headteachers, Chairs and Governors
  • Anonymous complaints
  • Persistent complaints

Audience 

Governing board panel members, particularly those who may potentially deal with parental complaints or appeals. Governors that have membership of other panels may benefit from the workshop as it covers the process for holding panel hearings.

Led by 

Brian Beal, Education Consultant

Cost

£55.00 

Responding effectively to sexual misconduct

This 2-hour webinar considers the role of schools and senior leaders in preventing and addressing issues of sexual misconduct in schools.

Aims and objectives 

The webinar will consider:

  • What is meant by ‘sexual misconduct’
  • What we know about the scale of the problem
  • The 2021 Ofsted review and findings
  • How schools can respond effectively to the issue including best practice responses to reports of sexual misconduct and raising awareness with children.

The session for governors will also focus on the role of the governing body; how they can best support their school and ensure that the correct steps are being taken and implemented.

Audience 

All governors

Led by 

Safeguarding Children Training and Consultancy Director, Adele Gladman

Cost

£15.00 

Safeguarding training for school governors

This webinar is aimed at new and established governing bodies to help them identify changes in statutory guidance, and ways that they can ensure compliance and best practice in the schools that they support. 

Aims and objectives 

During the webinar we will consider:

  • Key definitions and principles in safeguarding
  • The role of the Governing Body
  • The role of the Safeguarding Governor
  • Key considerations for the Governing Body in 2021-2022
  • Supporting your Designated Safeguarding Lead and Senior Leadership Team
  • Dealing with complaints and allegations against staff
  • Preparing for Ofsted

Audience 

New and established Governing Bodies, Safeguarding Governors

Led by 

Safeguarding Children Training and Consultancy Director, Adele Gladman

Cost

£15.00

Thinking about joining a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT)?

DOING YOUR GROUNDWORK WELL

The Government’s policy is to encourage all schools to join a MAT, but the crucial question for governors to answer is which MAT provides the best match for their school?

Aims and objectives 

This workshop considers key aspects of the ‘due diligence’ process so that governors are well informed regarding the pros and cons of potential partners.

This is a complex process covering the implications of joining a MAT, including transfer of assets, liabilities, any TUPE transfer of staff, capital implications of the MAT including land transfers, lease agreements that might require Local Authority consent, any termination of lease implications. And then there are the educational considerations!

Audience 

Governors and Headteachers who wish to consider the pros and cons of joining a MAT.

Led by 

Anna Turner, Interim Head of Barnsley Alliance and Brian Beal, Education Consultant

Cost

£55.00

Understanding academy trust governance: Structures and roles

Academy Trusts with multiple academies may establish a type of committee known as a Local Governing Body (LGB). They are a full and formal part of the Trust governance structure.

Academy Trustees will decide what governance functions they will delegate, and these are identified in the Academy Trust’s Scheme of Delegation. Local governors need to be aware that trustees could choose to vary the extent of delegation over time.

Aims and objectives 

This workshop aims to explore and clarify how local governors should:

  • Support the effective operation of the Trust and its policies
  • Provide support and challenge to local (school level) leadership within a clear accountability process set out by the Trust.
  • Provide a vehicle for the Trust’s engagement with the school, its parents and local community.
  • Bring issues and risks to the attention of the Trust Board.
  • Provides constructive feedback to the Board where a policy may not be effective in the local context and to suggest alternative approaches.
  • Ensuring that the Trust works as one entity in the interests of all of its schools.

Audience 

Members of Local Governing Boards / Academy Headteachers / Principals.

Led by 

Brian Beal, Education Consultant

Cost

£55.00

Safeguarding for governors: Online safety

Aims and objectives 

This webinar, aimed at school governors will help governing bodies to:

  • Understand the current issues and risks associated with online activity
  • Consider what their schools should be doing in response to these issues
  • Consider how students are being made aware of the risks and how to keep themselves safe online
  • Discuss how best to engage with parents and communities around this issue
  • Discuss some of the tools and resources that schools can access in responding to issues of online safety and preventing harm to pupils
  • Identify what the Governing Body can do to support their schools in responding to this issue in the future

Audience 

All Governors

Led by 

Safeguarding Children Training and Consultancy Director, Adele Gladman

Cost

£15.00

Find and book a course

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