Governors

Induction Training for New Governors

Description
This course provides an opportunity for Governors to develop a strong focus on the three core strategic functions below:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

Impact Statement
Governors will:

  • have a clear understanding of the role for which they have volunteered
  • become active participators and effective Governors as quickly as possible
  • understand how to get to know their school and how to challenge
  • be confident when dealing with written information
  • be able to interrogate data
  • be confident in managing their accountability responsibilities
Audience

New or recently appointed/elected Governors


Date
Originally booked for 19th May 9.30am-3.30pm - Postponed due to COVID-19
Venue
The Professional Development Centre (PDC), 1 Waterdale Road, London SE2 0XT (only disabled parking available on-site)
Tutors
Members of the School Improvement Service
Cost
£125 (non RBG school £155)
Free to schools that have signed up to SLA.

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Date
19th November 2020 (9:30am - 3:30pm)
Venue
The Professional Development Centre (PDC), 1 Waterdale Road, London SE2 0XT (only disabled parking available on-site)
Tutors
Members of the School Improvement Service
Cost
£125 (non RBG school £155)
Can be included as part of the SLA training package, otherwise above charges apply
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Date
28th January 2021 (9:30am - 3:30pm)
Venue
The Professional Development Centre (PDC), 1 Waterdale Road, London SE2 0XT (only disabled parking available on-site)
Tutors
Members of the School Improvement Service
Cost
£125 (non RBG school £155)
Can be included as part of the SLA training package, otherwise above charges apply

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Date
11th May 2021 (9:30am - 3:30pm)
Venue
The Professional Development Centre (PDC), 1 Waterdale Road, London SE2 0XT (only disabled parking available on-site)
Tutors
Members of the School Improvement Service
Cost
£125 (non RBG school £155)
Can be included as part of the SLA training package, otherwise above charges apply

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Effective Financial Management for all Community Schools

Description
This course is aimed at Governors of maintained Royal Greenwich Schools to enable them to fulfil their responsibility with regard to budget setting.
Governing Boards are required to ensure that the priorities identified in the school improvement plan are resourced appropriately and that good value for money is achieved.
Governing Boards are required to submit 3 year plans of which the current year must be a balanced position, with the remaining 2 years to support due diligence planning.

The course will include:
  • Governing Board approved budget plans - explanation
  • How to approach 3 year budget plans:
    • Income streams including Schools
    • Delegated Budget Share (Primary and Secondary School)
    • High Needs Funding - place funding
    • Early Years Funding
    • National Funding Formula (updates if appropriate)
    • Engagement with Royal Greenwich if the school is not able to set a balanced budget
  • Monitoring budgets including funds raised in the name of the school
  • Bursarial Service
  • Preparation readiness for an audit
  • Business continuity and risk register
Impact Statement
Governors will:
  • have the confidence to challenge the school’s financial performance
  • have the confidence to use the available data to set a 3 year budget
  • have the skills and knowledge to ensure that timely and prudent management action is taken to ensure that effective budget control is maintained
  • ensure that the whole Governing Board has the information available to them to become an effective and strategic group which robustly holds the school to account at all levels
Audience

All Governors, but particularly those serving on the finance/resources/business committee


Date
Originally booked for 25th March 6pm-8pm - Postponed due to COVID-19
Venue
The Professional Development Centre (PDC), 1 Waterdale Road, London SE2 0XT (only disabled parking available on-site)
Tutors
Members of the School Accounting Team
Cost
£50 (non RBG school £60)
Free to schools that have signed up to SLA.
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Date
16th March 2021 (6:00pm - 8:00pm)
Venue
The Professional Development Centre (PDC), 1 Waterdale Road, London SE2 0XT (only disabled parking available on-site)
Tutors
Members of the School Accounting Team
Cost
£50 (non RBG school £60)
Can be included as part of the SLA training package, otherwise above charges apply

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Understanding the Governors role in Headteacher Performance Management and The Pay Committee

Description
The Pay and Pay Appeals Committees are statutory committees and are responsible for all pay decisions outside of the cost of living increases. The committees must be agreed by the Governing Board who will delegate the role to the named governors serving on the committees. This course will provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the statutory requirements for maintained schools in relation to Headteacher Performance Management (HPM) and teaching staff pay decisions, which is recommended best practice for schools to follow.

The course will include:

  • An overview of statutory guidance for HPM
  • Organisational details of the HPM process, including the role of the external advisor and the requirements for target reviews
  • Exploration of best practice target setting including how these should link to the school improvement priorities and outcomes for students
  • Information on actions following HPM reviews and the role of the Pay Committee in this process

Impact Statement
Governors will:

  • be confident in setting challenging and aspirational targets for the Headteacher
  • be able to ensure that the targets are reviewed regularly
  • have the confidence to challenge the senior leadership to evidence that performance management targets have been set for all staff and that they are impacting on outcomes for pupils
  • understand their statutory role in making pay decisions for all teaching staff
  • evaluate the evidence provided by the Headteacher and how to use it to make strategic decisions on teacher’s pay
  • be clear on the type of evidence expected for a request to move through the Threshold or Upper Pay Scale
  • be confident when challenging requests for pay increases and have a clear rationale for any pay increase refusals
  • be able to ensure pay decisions are managed fairly and in line with the expectations of the school’s Pay Policy and the School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document
Audience

All Governors


Date
24th September 2020 (8:30am - 11:30am)
Zoom joining details will be provided separately, prior to the event
Venue
Online delivery - This session will be delivered virtually
Tutors
Members of the School Improvement Service
Cost
£50 (non RBG school £60)
Can be included as part of the SLA training package, otherwise above charges apply
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Date
8th July 2021 (8:30am - 11:30am)

Venue
Online delivery - This session will be delivered virtually
Tutors
Members of the School Improvement Service
Cost
£50 (non RBG school £60)
Can be included as part of the SLA training package, otherwise above charges apply
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Chairs' Training

Description
This course will cover the effective management of the Governing Board’s work, including:
  • establishing a professional and supportive relationship with the headteacher and senior managers
  • ensuring that all the meetings are run effectively
  • managing meeting and agenda settings
  • developing secure succession planning to ensure business continuity
Impact Statement
Governors will:
  • be able to challenge school performance
  • be fully involved in school improvement
  • ensure the whole Governing Board knows the school well
  • hold strategic and focused meetings
  • ensure that the whole Governing Board becomes an effective and strategic group which robustly holds the school to account at all levels
  • be able to secure an effective professional relationship with leaders at all levels
Audience

All Chairs, Vice Chairs or Chairs of Committees including Prospective Chairs


Date
16th November 2020 (9:30am - 3:30pm)
Venue
The Professional Development Centre (PDC), 1 Waterdale Road, London SE2 0XT (only disabled parking available on-site)
Tutors
Members of the School Improvement Service
Cost
£125 (non RBG school £155)
Can be included as part of the SLA training package, otherwise above charges apply

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Date
11th February 2021 (9:30am - 3:30pm)
Venue
The Professional Development Centre (PDC), 1 Waterdale Road, London SE2 0XT (only disabled parking available on-site)
Tutors
Members of the School Improvement Service
Cost
£125 (non RBG school £155)
Can be included as part of the SLA training package, otherwise above charges apply
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Complaints Training for Governors

Description
The course will support governors to understand their role in managing all complaints and concerns raised about their school. An effective complaints policy that is understood by the school community will help to ensure that any concerns or issues are dealt with effectively and a quick and positive outcome is secured.
This session will include:
  • An overview of policies and guidance
  • Application of the policy across the school community
  • Mechanism to ensure all staff understand their role within the policy
Impact Statement
Governors will:
  • have a clear understanding of their role
  • have the knowledge and expertise to hold the school to account for ensuring that the policies and processes are in place and that they are being consistently applied
  • have a good understanding of what they should monitor and challenge and how that is reported back to the full Governing Board
  • have the knowledge to inform their Governing Boards of how the money for SEND pupils is spent and its impact
Audience

All Governors


Date
8th December 2020 (5:00pm - 7:00pm)
Venue
The Professional Development Centre (PDC), 1 Waterdale Road, London SE2 0XT (only disabled parking available on-site)
Tutors
Members of the School Improvement Service
Cost
£50 (non RBG school £60)
Can be included as part of the SLA training package, otherwise above charges apply
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Date
26th May 2021 (10:00am - 12:00pm)
Venue
The Professional Development Centre (PDC), 1 Waterdale Road, London SE2 0XT (only disabled parking available on-site)
Tutors
Members of the School Improvement Service
Cost
£50 (non RBG school £60)
Can be included as part of the SLA training package, otherwise above charges apply
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Managing Governor Panels

Description
This course will support governors to manage panels for Grievance, Disciplinary, Pay Appeal of Exclusion by:
  • explaining when and why a panel should be established and what role they have within the agreed school policy
  • explaining how the panel should be managed including the timescales for information and what evidence should look like
  • suggesting the type of questions that should be asked
  • providing guidance on how the final outcome should be reported
Impact Statement
Governors will be confident in:
  • managing the panel hearings and ensuring a secure process is in place
  • knowing that their decisions are secure and in line with school policy
  • using the information provided to make fair and secure decisions
Audience

All Governors, but especially those who serve on panels


Date
19th January 2021 (1:00pm - 4:00pm)
Venue
The Professional Development Centre (PDC), 1 Waterdale Road, London SE2 0XT (only disabled parking available on-site)
Tutors
Members of the School Improvement Service and HR Team
Cost
£50 (non RBG school £60)
Can be included as part of the SLA training package, otherwise above charges apply
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Date
23rd June 2021 (9:00am - 12:00pm)
Venue
The Professional Development Centre (PDC), 1 Waterdale Road, London SE2 0XT (only disabled parking available on-site)
Tutors
Members of the School Improvement Service and HR Team
Cost
£50 (non RBG school £60)
Can be included as part of the SLA training package, otherwise above charges apply
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The Role of the Safeguarding Governor

Description
This course will investigate the specific and important role of the Safeguarding Governor, ensuring:
  • the legal requirements are in place and are known and understood by all staff and adults working in your school
  • the expectations of OfSTED are being met and that governors can provide evidence of their compliance
  • the expectations from Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 are fully understood and embedded
Impact Statement
Governors will:
  • have a clear understanding of their role
  • have the knowledge and expertise to hold the school to account for ensuring that the policies and processes are in place and that they are being consistently applied
  • have a good understanding of what they should monitor and challenge and how that is reported back to the full Governing Board
  • be able to report on the staff's understanding of their role in Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019
Audience

All Governors but especially those with Safeguarding responsibility


Date
3rd February 2021 (4:00pm - 6:00pm)
Venue
The Professional Development Centre (PDC), 1 Waterdale Road, London SE2 0XT (only disabled parking available on-site)
Tutors
Members of the School Improvement Service
Cost
£50 (non RBG school £60)
Can be included as part of the SLA training package, otherwise above charges apply

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Maintaining Governor Excellence

Description
This course is aimed at governors who have served at least one full term of office (4 years) and will provide an:
  • overview of the most recent statutory responsibilities
  • overview of how to ensure the school leadership, including governance, is fit for purpose and meets expectations from the LA, DfE and stakeholders
  • opportunity to revisit the basics of the role and responsibilities of governance
Impact Statement
Governors will:
  • have an opportunity to update their understanding and implementation of all statutory duties
  • have the confidence that the leadership of the school would be judged at least Good by the LA and OfSTED
  • be secure in their knowledge of basic governance
Audience

All experienced Governors, including Chairs and Vice Chairs


Date
2nd March 2021 (9:30am - 3:30pm)
Venue
The Professional Development Centre (PDC), 1 Waterdale Road, London SE2 0XT (only disabled parking available on-site)
Tutors
Members of the School Improvement Service
Cost
£50 (non RBG school £60)
Can be included as part of the SLA training package, otherwise above charges apply
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Date
10th June 2021 (9:30am - 3:30pm)
Venue
The Professional Development Centre (PDC), 1 Waterdale Road, London SE2 0XT (only disabled parking available on-site)
Tutors
Members of the School Improvement Service
Cost
£50 (non RBG school £60)
Can be included as part of the SLA training package, otherwise above charges apply
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The Role of the SEN Governor

Description
This course will investigate the specific and important role of the SEN governor, ensuring:
  • legal requirements are in place and are known and understood by all staff and adults working in your school
  • all SEND pupils in your school are supported to reach their full potential
  • the SEND governor has the required skills to challenge:
    - the outcome of all SEND pupils in their school
    - the impact of SEND spending and higher needs income

Impact Statement
Governors will:
  • have a clear understanding of their role
  • have the knowledge and expertise to hold the school to account for ensuring that the policies and processes are in place and that they are consistently applied
  • have a good understanding of what they should monitor and challenge and how that is reported back to the full Governing Board
  • have the knowledge to inform the governors of how the money allocated for SEND pupils is spent and to report on the impact
Audience

All Governors, but especially those with SEN responsibilities


Date
8th June 2021 (4:00pm - 6:00pm)
Venue
The Professional Development Centre (PDC), 1 Waterdale Road, London SE2 0XT (only disabled parking available on-site)
Tutors
Members of the SEN Team
Cost
£50 (non RBG school £60)
Can be included as part of the SLA training package, otherwise above charges apply
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