Governing Body Support
Collaboratives.co.uk have delivered many courses for governors and trustees. We are ourselves Chairs of Governors (both community and church schools) and can offer over 30 years of governorship between us. In addition, we are also Trustees of two Co-operative Trusts and a Trustee and Member of a Multi Academy Trust
Some examples of our programmes are:
Below is an example of an Induction Course that has been run on a 3-session basis but equally can be used as cherry-picked individual information/training inputs – these are usually delivered pre governor meetings to make best use of time.
1. Governing for Impact
Roles & responsibilities - 3 Core functions; Strategic vision, Holding the HT to account, Financial effectiveness: Governor ‘job description’
Powers - Ensuring governors understand their statutory duties
Strategic v operational - Sorting of potential governor activities
Managing risks - Brain storming or mind mapping risks; reputational, safeguarding, community, educational, environmental, financial etc
Committee structures - Sub committees, Terms of Reference, specifically convened committees
Governor competencies - Skills audit tool; have we got the right team?
Link Governors - Specific areas of responsibility; H&S, EYFS, SEN, LAC, Safeguarding, Attainment/Progress, RE/ Collective Worship, Curriculum, Staffing, Appeals, Attendance, GDPR, Grievance etc
Different Governance Types - Foundation, staff, parents, LA Governors and Trustees, Directors, Members. Board v LGB
2. Learning About Your School
Culture & ethos - Vision & Values of your school
School designation - Academy, Maintained, MAT, Trust & their governance structures
Delivering the Curriculum - Understanding the National Curriculum requirement
School Policies - Ensuring school is fully compliant with local and national legislation, policy and good practice including the role of unions and professional associations
Performance tables - Data sources; online, benchmarking, External Learning Partner reports
Visiting school - Purpose of visit- sharing protocols & good practice
HT report - Looking at anonymised HT report, what to look out for
Working with the school community - How to positively engage with stakeholders
3. Being Accountable
Good questions to ask - Ie. How to challenge the Head
Finance - SVFS, ESFA, LA, Benchmarking, Pupil Premium, Staffing & PRP
Key relationships - LA, Diocese, Chair of Governors, Clerk to the Governing Body, MAT Board, CEO, Partner schools, community leaders
OFSTED - Inspection framework, Gather information in advance- good practice shared
Review & self-evaluation - Assessing our effectiveness & making a difference
Effectiveness - Features of effective governance checklist
GOVERNOR CASE STUDY:
Collaboratives worked with the Governing Body of a large Church Primary School to help them refocus as a Governing Body in order to be more effective and to help induct a new cohort of enthusiastic, but inexperienced members. We met initially with the Chair of Governors and the Senior Leadership Team of the school to discover exactly what outcomes were being hoped for from the training.
Subsequently we planned and delivered two evening training sessions with the full Governing Body to address the following;
What people say about us
"Outstanding training from Collaboratives"
"It has been a very positive learning experience and has also got the governors working together well."
"Very clear and comprehensive information. Good to get examples to draw on. Helped formulate actions to be carried out in school."