Governance Panels are established in order to carry out a specific task, usually to review decisions that have already been made. Panels should be convened by the governing board’s clerk once s/he has received notice that a panel is required. There are varying requirements for panels with different purposes, which will be detailed in the relevant school policies and procedures and, where relevant, in statutory guidance and government legislation.
Types of panels Staff Grievance Staff disciplinary Pay Appeals Pupil exclusions Parental complaints Headteacher recruitment and appraisal
To get the most from this session Governors come from a range of backgrounds, with a variety of skills and experience … Everyone’s views are valid, so please share your experiences and ideas, involving everyone in discussions Some material may be familiar to some, but important everyone understands the basics – please ask questions! Will be opportunities to deepen your knowledge Fill in the Training Report along the way
A Competency Framework for Governance
The framework sets out the competencies needed for effective governance. It is non-statutory guidance and should be read alongside the Governance Handbook, particularly the section explaining the key features of effective governance.
The framework is applicable to all boards in proportion to the scale and complexity of the organisation they are governing. Boards will need to consider which knowledge and skill areas outlined in the framework are most important for their context. They will also need to determine the extent to which it applies to any committees they have appointed,
Relevant competencies covered in this training: 1 Strategic Leadership 2 Accountability for Educational Standards and Financial Performance 3 People 5 Compliance
The key thing is to follow the school’s procedure as closely as possible, and where you encounter grey areas, ensure that the procedure is amended so that it is absolutely clear in the future. A clerk can clarify any procedural or legislative points that arise. Accurate notes are also essential to evidence what was said at the meeting. Panels will need a chair who will lead the meeting proceedings. This would normally be the most experienced panel member; perhaps the governor/trustee who has participated in this role the most frequently, or the governor with the best understanding of the legislative or procedural framework or, in the case where all governors/trustees are inexperienced, the individual with the best experience outside their remit on the governing board. The number of members is at times specified, but is usually three; it should be an odd number to allow for a majority decision.
Understand the purpose of governor visits and how they contribute to your monitoring role of the school’s priorities Be able to identify different types of visit and when it is appropriate to carry them out Know what to do before, during and after a visit
firstname.lastname@example.org Please note that you will no longer see a message on training confirmations about cancellation charges. For courses in our Governor Support Training Programme, there will be no charge for cancelling your place at a course. However, it is still important to let us know, as it has an impact on refreshment charges, training materials and the trainer may also have to adapt their delivery.