Newsletter and governor development opportunities 2022

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.

More sessions for the spring term 2022 are currently being finalised and will be available soon.

Date Session Time
Monday 17 January 2022 Safeguarding training for school governors (webinar) 6pm to 8pm
Wednesday 19 January 2022 Designated teacher network 2pm to 4pm
Thursday 20 January 2022 Induction - Welcome to Governance (Part 1) 6.30pm to 8pm
Monday 24 January 2022 Safeguarding for governors: Online safety (webinar) 6pm to 8pm
Thursday 27 January 2022 The governing board's relationship with the headteacher: getting the balance right 6.30pm to 8pm
Thursday 3 February 2022 Induction - Welcome to Governance (Part 2) 6.30pm to 8pm
Friday 4 February 2022 A governors guide to properly fulfilling safeguarding responsibilities (for safeguarding link governors) 6.30pm to 8pm
Thursday 10 February 2022 What is a ‘deep dive’ and how does this support the evaluation of your school’s Quality of Education. 6.30pm to 8pm
Tuesday 15 February 2022 Promoting positive education outcomes for children with a social worker 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Monday 28 February 2022 The School Improvement Plan: finding the simplicity beyond the complexity 6.30pm to 8pm
Tuesday 1 March 2022 Promoting positive education outcomes for looked after children - fulfilling the statutory duties for looked after children 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Tuesday 15 March 2022 Being an effective link governor for English (main foci - phonics and reading) T.B.C
Monday 28 March 2022 A governors guide to properly fulfilling safeguarding responsibilities (for governors) 6.30pm to 8pm
Tuesday 29 March 2022 Health and safety 6pm to 8pm

About the sessions

A governors guide to properly fulfilling safeguarding responsibilities

'Governing bodies...have a strategic leadership responsibility for their school's or college's safeguarding arrangements and must ensure that they comply with their duties under legislation.'*

* Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2021

Aims and objectives

How can governors fulfil their strategic leadership responsibilities while not getting involved in operational matters? How can governing bodies ensure safeguarding arrangements are effective and assure themselves that their children and young people are being kept safe?

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education -The key messages
  • Other essential documents
  • Who is responsible for what?
  • The safeguarding governor
  • A safeguarding culture?
  • Knowing your community
  • What should governors ask themselves?
  • How can a governing body assure itself that arrangements are effective?
  • External scrutiny - who will want to check we are properly fulfilling our duty and how will they do this?

Please note: this session is not intended to fully inform governors about the many risks to children and young people in our schools and communities; however, Phil will attempt to point participants in the right direction and help them to be more confident, thorough and effective in this aspect of their work.

Audience

There are sessions suitable for all governors and others for safeguarding link governors

Led by

Phil Riozzi, Education Consultant

Cost

£25

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

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

This session aligns closely to the evaluation criteria included in Appendix A: Barnsley Risk Assessment Framework 2021-2022 therefore this workshop will be helpful to governors that engage in meetings with their school’s SEO, or when they consider the BAP report during governing board meetings.

Content

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 governors, including those that join with their headteacher at local authority meetings with the aligned School Effectiveness Officer so that they can fully engage in discussions.

Designated teacher network session

Led by 

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

Cost

Free

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

Induction - Welcome to governance!

Highly recommended for all new governors

Importance

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.

The purpose of this induction session 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.

Content

  • 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 (e.g. 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.

Audience

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

Promoting positive education outcomes for children with a social worker

Led by

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

Cost

Free

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

Free

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

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

The governing board’s relationship with the headteacher: getting the balance right.

Importance

The Governance Handbook highlights that in addition to its strategic leadership role, the board has two other core functions that are about creating robust accountability for both educational performance and financial and organisational performance, and ensuring money is well spent.

However, it is crucial that the governing board plays a strategic role and avoids routine involvement in operational matters.

The emphasis throughout this session is knowing and understanding what a well-balanced, constructive and positive relationship between the chair / governing board and the headteacher looks like, and how this can be sustained.

This session aligns with the Appendix A: Barnsley Risk Assessment Framework 2021-2022 criteria used in discussions with your School Improvement Officer during visits throughout the year where the effectiveness of governance is considered. Therefore, if you participate at these visits, this information may be helpful.

Content

  • To know and understand the respective roles of governance and management.
  • To know and understand the information that headteachers must provide their board with, and who is responsible for determining its content and format.
  • To know and understand how to use the information provided by school leaders to identify lines of enquiry, formulate questions to ask at meetings in order that governance is both robust and professional in approach, and to ensure that these lead to effective decision making and outcomes.
  • To consider effective ways of working so that processes are streamlined and that structures are fit for purpose.

Audience

  • All governors.
  • Governors that participate in meetings with their school’s SEO.

The School Improvement Plan: finding the simplicity beyond the complexity

Importance

‘The board should ensure that the organisation has a clear vision, which is articulated in a specific written statement…The board should ensure there is a strategy in place for achieving this vision…The detail of all the actions that will drive school improvement should be contained in a separate school or trust improvement plan (SIP/TIP). Avoiding unnecessary detail and peripheral issues will prevent the board’s attention being spread too thinly and help create a practical and powerful tool for facilitating its core business.’

Governance Handbook Oct 2020 DfE.

Content

This session will look at:

  • Whose plan is it?
  • Focusing on the strategic, avoiding the operational
  • Complexity vs simplicity
  • How do we know the priorities are correct?
  • Deciding whether it’s sharp enough
  • Asking the right sorts of questions

Audience

  • All Governors

Led by 

Phil Riozzi, Education Consultant.

Cost

£25.00

What is a ‘deep dive’ and how does this support the evaluation of your school’s Quality of Education

Importance

Headteachers and senior leaders often use terminology relating to the curriculum, including ‘intent’, ‘implementation’ and ‘impact’ and ‘deep dives’ at meetings with their governors, and in school’s documentation.

This session is intended to explain what each of these means, especially how deep dives are used to evaluate the first three.

This workshop aligns with the Building A Picture (BAP) document used by your School Effectiveness Officer (SEO) and headteacher during school visits and Local Authority supported school reviews, and will help governors to understand the evaluation criteria included in Appendix A: Barnsley Risk Assessment Framework 2021-2022.

Content

The workshop will share with governors how their school’s leaders, and inspectors evaluate curriculum subjects through deep dive methodology, exploring:

  • the scope of the curriculum – is it at least as ambitious as the national curriculum and does it meet the needs and abilities of pupils at this school, especially disadvantaged pupils, and those with SEND?
  • how the curriculum has broken down into smaller steps that are well sequenced, including adaptations for those with SEND?
  • how planning identifies the knowledge, vocabulary and skills pupils should acquire each year to ensure appropriate progression.
  • provision of sufficient rigour behind the acquisition of subject disciplinary knowledge.
  • how pupils remember they key content required to be successful with future learning.
  • how leaders check that teachers make the right pedagogical choices to help pupils achieve the curriculum intent?
  • how assessment should be fit for purpose and used effectively?
  • whether there a culture of high expectations and enjoyment in this subject and how is this achieved?
  • what processes and systems support all staff to teach subject well?
  • Whether whole-school policies help or hinder teaching and learning in this subject.

Audience

  • Governors that are interested in furthering their understanding of school review processes that specifically look at evaluating the curriculum.
  • Governors that join with their headteacher at local authority meetings with the aligned School Effectiveness Officer so that they can fully engage in discussions.

Find and book a course

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