Direct Services to Schools

Courses
Induction for New Governors

This course provides an opportunity for Governors to develop a strong focus on their 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
  • Meeting safeguarding responsibilities


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
  • understand their safeguarding role and responsibilities

New or recently appointed/elected Governors

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Date
10th January 2024 (9:30am - 3:30pm)
Venue
The Professional Development Centre (PDC), (only disabled parking available on-site)
Tutors
Members of the School Improvement Service
Cost
£125 for RBG schools
£155 for non-RBG schools

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Date
11th June 2024 (9:30am - 3:30pm)
Venue
The Professional Development Centre (PDC), (only disabled parking available on-site)
Tutors
Members of the School Improvement Service
Cost
£125 for RBG schools
£155 for non-RBG schools

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Role of the Safeguarding Governor and KCSIE 2023 update

This course will investigate the specific and important role of the Safeguarding Governor, to ensure the:

  • legal requirements are in place and are known and understood by all staff and adults working in your school
  • expectations of OfSTED are being met and that governors can provide evidence of their compliance
  • expectations from Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance are fully understood and embedded

This is a certified course to support Governors evidence of KCSIE compliance.

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 guidance 

All Governors

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Date
17th January 2024 (6:00pm - 7:30pm)
Venue
Online
Tutors
Members of the School Improvement Service
Cost
£50 for RBG schools
£70 for non-RBG schools

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Date
19th March 2024 (6:00pm - 7:30pm)
Venue
Online
Tutors
Members of the School Improvement Service
Cost
£50 for RBG schools
£70 for non-RBG schools

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Date
23rd April 2024 (6:00pm - 7:30pm)
Venue
Online
Tutors
Members of the School Improvement Service
Cost
£50 for RBG schools
£70 for non-RBG schools

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Date
4th June 2024 (6:00pm - 7:30pm)
Venue
Online
Tutors
Members of the School Improvement Service
Cost
£50 for RBG schools
£70 for non-RBG schools

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Managing deficit budget

This course will support governors to manage the school budget when there  is concern that there could be an in-year deficit or accumulated deficit budget.

It will allow governors to consider where savings could be made, some of which could happen immediately, others would be more long term. The session will also cover the role of:

  • Greenwich finance team within this process and how they can support the school
  • the terms of reference (TOR) for a deficit recovery committee (DRC)

Governors will:

  • have the skills to identify a problem with the budget in time to take management action
  • be able to identify savings that reduce the deficit without impacting on the quality of education
  • understand the role of the Local Authority Finance Team
  • if necessary, have a Deficit Recovery Committee with secure and relevant Terms of reference

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

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Date
1st February 2024 (6:00pm - 8:00pm)
Venue
The Professional Development Centre (PDC), (only disabled parking available on-site)
Tutors
Members of the School Improvement Service
Cost
£50 for RBG schools
£70 for non-RBG schools

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Role of SEND Governor

This course will explore the specific and important role of the SEND Governor ensuring: 

  • The legal requirements are in place and are known and understood by all staff and adults working in your school 
  • That your school is ambitious for all our children with SEND and they are supported to reach their full potential 
  • The SEND governors have the required skills and knowledge to challenge the provision in place and the use of the notional SEND budget


There will also be an opportunity for governors to understand the process of applying for an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) including the amount of evidence that is required and discussions with external agencies, this will also include the timing and procedure for the annual reviews. 

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 
  • understand the rigour and time commitment to the EHCP application process, the implications for the staff managing this process and the need to ensure that there is enough capacity for the role.

All Governors, but especially those with SEN responsibilities

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Date
20th February 2024 (6:00pm - 8:00pm)
Venue
The Professional Development Centre (PDC), (only disabled parking available on-site)
Tutors
Members of the SEN Team
Cost
£50 for RBG schools
£70 for non-RBG schools

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