Governors

Safer Recruitment

Description

Audience

All Headteachers, school Governors, Business Managers and other staff likely to sit on interview panels or administer staff appointment

Impact Statement

Pupils:

  • Will be safer and have safeguarding needs met in a more appropriate and timely manner

Practitioners:

  • Will have an awareness and understanding of offender behaviour
  • Will be able to identify the key features of staff recruitment that helps deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable people
  • Will be able to consider policies and practices that minimise opportunities for abuse
  • Will begin to review their own and their settings policies and practices, with a view to making them safer

Settings:

  • Will be safer organisations
  • Will comply with government guidance and legislation

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

Audience

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

Impact Statement

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

Audience

New or recently appointed/elected Governors

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

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

Audience

All Governors

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

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