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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.

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Clerks Development Programme

12.30pm – 4.30pm

22nd October 2018

The Holiday Inn, West Bawtry Road, Rotherham S60 2XL

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Clerks Briefing

5.30pm – 7.30pm

22nd October 2018

The Holiday Inn, West Bawtry Road, Rotherham S60 2XL

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Safer Recruitment

11.00am – 4.30pm

24th October 2018

The Holiday Inn, West Bawtry Road, Rotherham S60 2XL

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Governing Body Self-Evaluation

6.00pm – 8.00pm

24th October 2018

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

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.

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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.

Organisations and individuals who work with children and young people, or are involved in providing services for them, have a duty to safeguard and promote their welfare.

The course covers a range of safeguarding issues including:- safer recruitment; prevalence of abuse and profile of abusers; making the right decisions: interview and selection; setting acceptable standards of behaviour; maintaining an ongoing culture of vigilance.

Strong governance is essential for good schools. The key role of governing bodies is to support and challenge headteachers in order to ensure pupils receive the best possible education.

Led by Liz Buxton, NLG, this session will focus on improving governance through self-evaluation and why this is so important, particularly in the light of current Ofsted expectations.

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Clerks Briefing

5.30pm – 7.30pm

22nd October 2018

The Holiday Inn, West Bawtry Road, Rotherham S60 2XL

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Induction for new governors

6.00pm – 8.00pm

23rd October 2018

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

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School Funding : an overview of the funding system

5.00pm – 7.00pm

12th November 2018

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

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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

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.

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.

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This workshop will provide governors with an opportunity to understand how the school funding system works and consider and discuss some of the changes and challenges on the horizon.

Key areas covered will include:- the funding system and drivers of funding to schools; the core elements of a school budget; key indicators in assessing the financial health of a school; the national funding formula; managing risk.

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.

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

teachingschool@learnersfirst.org

Tel: 01709 267021