The purpose of governance is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.

All boards, no matter what type of schools or how many schools they govern, have three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

Governance Handbook
DFE, January 2017

The Learners First professional development programme provides a range of opportunities for governors, members and trustees to develop their knowledge and skills and to discuss and share practice, aligned to the three core functions as set out by the DFE in the Governance Handbook.


The Academies Financial Handbook (inc. Notices to Improve)

5.00pm – 7.00pm

29th November 2018

The Pod, Canklow Woods Primary School, Wood Lane, Rotherham S60 2XJ


Ofsted’s Inspection Data Summary Report (IDSR – 1)

6.00pm – 8.00pm

05th December 2018 (Session 1 of 2)

18th December 2018 (Session 2 of 2)

The Pod, Canklow Woods Primary School, Wood Lane, Rotherham S60 2XJ


Ofsted’s Inspection Data Summary Report (IDSR – 2)

6.00pm – 8.00pm

10th January 2019 (Session 1 of 2)

17th January 2019 (Session 2 of 2)

The Pod, Canklow Woods Primary School, Wood Lane, Rotherham S60 2XJ


Clerks Development Programme (Day 3 of 4)

12.30pm – 4.30pm

05th December 2018

The Pod, Canklow Woods Primary School, Wood Lane, Rotherham S60 2XJ

The Academies Financial Handbook is the main reference tool to support academies apply good financial management. This workshop will explore some of the changes made in the September 2018 edition and provide an opportunity for Trustees/Directors of Boards and members of local governing bodies (LGBs) to reflect and discuss areas of practice and consider the governance issues where the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) have found it necessary to issue financial notices to improve.

The IDSR is a tool showing historical data for inspectors to use when preparing for inspections, but also for school leaders, including Governors.  During inspection, inspections will give most weight to the outcomes, attendance and behaviour of pupils currently in the school, taking account also of historical data.  The IDSR is designed to show at a glance how well previous cohorts demonstrated characteristics of good or better performance.  It contains a brief overview of 2017 data using clear visual displays.
Led by Nicola Shipman, CEO of Steel City Schools Partnership, this course is aimed at primary governors who wish to find out more about IDSR, how you can ask questions to leadership about the data, how to be prepared for an impending Ofsted, and to understand what the IDSR says about your school.
Session 1 (An Introductory to IDSR) will look at what the IDSR is and how to read it.  Session 2 (Asking the Right Questions about Your IDSR) will be a follow up to session 1 and include a more in depth analysis.  Delegates will be expected to bring their own IDSR to refer to during the session and will assume some good working knowledge of the IDSR.

A new nationally DfE accredited Clerk Development Programme for both experienced and new clerks. The programme consisting of 4 modules, offers a fantastic opportunity for clerks to develop their knowledge, skills and expertise to support high quality effective governance.


Induction for new governors

6.00pm – 8.00pm

15th January 2019 (Session 1 of 4)

22nd January 2019 (Session 2 of 4)

29th January 2019 (Session 3 of 4)

05th February 2019 (Session 4 of 4)

The Pod, Canklow Woods Primary School, Wood Lane, Rotherham S60 2XJ


Clerks Briefing

5.30pm – 7.30pm

31st January 2019

The Pod, Canklow Woods Primary School, Wood Lane, Rotherham S60 2XJ

The 4 week ING programme aims to support new governors to play an active and valuable part in their governing body from an
early stage. The programme is relevant for governors from all phases and settings and is organised into four core sessions that
look at moral purpose, strategic leadership, accountability and the role of governors as a critical friend.

Clerks provide a key role in advising governors on a range of governance, constitutional and procedural matters. The briefing sessions provide an opportunity to ensure key issues are being considered and addressed through focussed agendas for Board and committee meetings as well as providing opportunities for collaborative discussion and sharing of effective practice.

To reserve a place on the governor development programmes please email:

Tel: 01709 267021