Our programme gives governors an overview of the basic principles of school governance and looks at your main roles and responsibilities. There is a lot to fit in, so the trainers will be staying focussed and offering suggestions to governors who wish to find out more on certain topics.
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
The DfE Governors’ Handbook, revised January 2015, states that governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions: a. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; b. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and c. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
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 4 Structures 5 Compliance
Governor Induction Part 2: Governors’ roles and responsibilities
- The headteacher and governing body’s different roles
- Being strategic
- School improvement planning
- Monitoring & evaluating
- The critical friend
- School funding
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