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Governance Development Programme

It is essential that governing boards have high expectations for staff and pupils, with a commitment to continuous improvement. To achieve this there is a requirement to have a clear understanding of the views and needs of pupils, staff, parents, carers and local communities and an objective view of their own competencies.

Regular evaluation of the effectiveness of governance and the performance of schools is an important step in improving the quality of leadership of the Governing Board.

Programme Delivery

  • Our innovative, national, web-based programme is designed to facilitate increased Governor expertise with clear direction and support.
  • Online delivery means that the programme can be completed anytime and anywhere there is an internet connection.
  • Our flexible programme enables you to follow your own development route, selecting the right type of support for you. It is recommended that you complete the programme over two to three terms.
  • Benefit from real-time and valuable evidence for Ofsted linked to the DfE Competency framework for Governance.
  • Fully funded by the DfE so completely free of charge to you and your school or MAT.

Eligibility and cost

The programme is suitable for those in governance leadership roles, such as chairs, vice chairs or committee chairs. * NEW from July 2019 * Two funding applications can be made per Governing Board.

The DfE is funding this programme for state funded schools. There are 2 funding rates.

The standard rate will cover the full £500 cost for each eligible participant.

Some may be eligible for a higher level of support, with up to £2000 available for boards or local governing boards that are either:

  • Governing 2 or more schools (including multi-academy trusts or federations)
  • Governing a school which is located in an opportunity area and is rated by Ofsted as “Requires Improvement”.
  • * NEW from July 2019 * Governing a school which is located in a Category 5 or 6 local authority district and is rated by Ofsted as “Requires Improvement”.
  • * NEW from July 2019 * Governing a school which is located in the Opportunity North East area and is rated by Ofsted as “Requires Improvement”.

The higher rate of funding enables Governing boards to receive additional mentor support and credits.

Therefore these programmes are free to you and your school.

If you have already completed the funded programme, or are ineligible, you can still access training and development activities through GovernorSpacePlus.

What the standard programme includes

  • Online self-evaluation (1-2 hours)
  • Development planning (1 hour)
  • Initial mentor call (45 mins)
  • Training – 6 credits (up to 6 hours in bitesize chunks)
  • Final mentor call (45 mins)
  • Re-evaluation (1-2 hours)
  • Access to GovernorConnect, GovernorRecruit and monthly thought leadership pieces

What the higher programme includes

  • Online self-evaluation (1-2 hours)
  • Development planning (1 hour)
  • Initial mentor call (45 mins)
  • Training – 18 credits (up to 18 hours in bitesize chunks)
  • Interim mentor call (45 mins)
  • Final mentor call (45 mins)
  • Re-evaluation (1-2 hours)
  • Access to GovernorConnect, GovernorRecruit and monthly thought leadership pieces

For MAT boards we are able to co-ordinate a whole trust approach including Trust-wide training delivery and a single point of contact. This will provide consistency and ensure that the programme compliments your existing development plan and strategic aims for your trust. For examples of how this has been done and for more information, please get in touch.

Programme details

Self Evaluation

The self-evaluation tool, based on the DfE Competency Framework for Governance, is easy to use and can be completed at a time and place that suits you. The GovernorSpace self-evaluation tool allows you to clearly identify strengths and areas for development that feed into your Governance Development plan.

The self-evaluation uses using a simple RAG rating. The RAG system is a popular method of rating for issues or status reports, based on Red, Amber and Green colours used in a traffic light rating system. It is a way of tracking progress and seeking support and guidance from sponsors and senior stakeholders.

The self-evaluation will be completed by you, with reference to your Governing Board, to give you an objective view of how to further develop your knowledge and skills. This will provide the basis for you to complete a Governance Development plan, identifying key actions, professional development activities and success criteria.

Mentor Support

To help you, we will assign you an expert Governance Mentor to support you in the development planning process, identifying success criteria and development activities. You will receive two one-to-one telephone mentoring sessions from one of our trusted experts – many of whom are national and local leaders of education and/or governance and who can evidence the impact they have in schools. They will support you in effectively developing your board.

If you are eligible for the higher rate of funding, you will receive an additional mentoring call to review your progress mid-way through the programme.

Professional Development - Online Training

To provide flexibility you will receive 6 or 18 credits (dependent on your funding rate) to use on development activities including online training and mentoring. Find out more about the credit system and development activities on our Training page.

All training is linked to the DfE Competency Framework for Governance and these sessions will support you to achieve your Development plan objectives.

Final Mentor Call – Evidencing Development

When training and development activities have taken place, you and your assigned mentor will review progress against your Development plan to provide evidence of improvement and impact. The process concludes with a second self-evaluation, evidencing development in Governance over time and highlighting any remaining development needs.

Benefits

  • Can be completed anytime and anywhere there’s an internet connection – whether that’s from your school building or from the comfort of your home.
  • A flexible programme that provides a tailored service enabling your board to follow their own development route and evidence progress over time.
  • Provides real-time and valuable evidence for Ofsted linked to the DfE Competency Framework for Governance.
  • High quality self-evaluation tool which is easy-to-use and self-navigate.
  • Access one-to-one mentoring support from trusted experts with extensive experience in school governance.
  • Access additional resources, templates and thought leadership pieces.
  • Facilitate peer-to-peer support through GovernorConnect.

Outcomes

Taking two to three terms to complete, GovernorSpace will become a key driver for change, creating vital networks of support and promoting long-term development for both you and your school.

Expected outcomes:

  • Increased Governance expertise in line with the DfE Competency Framework.
  • Greater involvement by Governors in sustainable and relevant peer-to-peer support networks.
  • Drive change to increase Governor knowledge and skills across the six competency areas to enable Governing boards in focusing on their strategic responsibilities.
  • Build capacity for Governors to improve their knowledge and skills to enable Governing boards to fulfil the three core functions efficiently and effectively.

GovernorSpacePlus

The Governance Leadership Development Programme can be purchased as GovernorSpacePlus.

GovernorSpacePlus includes:
- Access to all of the recorded training titles with one new training title added each term.
- Email advice and guidance provided by experienced Governance professionals.
- Access to the premium resource area containing useful guidance on procedures, forms and templates.
- The popular Governor Information pack at the beginning of each term. This comprehensive booklet contains updates, links and appendices of sample materials, all in one place.
- The option to purchase additional mentoring support.
- The option to purchase GovernorHub (an online platform to help you manage your administration) at a special rate of £250 per board.

You will also benefit from continued access to the free online materials including:
- Online Self-Evaluation Tool to support annual board self-evaluation.
- Access to monthly thought leadership pieces.
- GovernorConnect and GovernorRecruit.

The cost of an annual board subscription to GovernorSpacePlus is £99.

To purchase GovernorSpacePlus click here

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