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Professional Development Opportunities

GovernorSpace provides governors and clerks with a range of training and development opportunities – from online training to remote one-to-one mentor support.

This programme works on a credit system. Once you have completed your self-evaluation, you will be assigned credits based on your programme. These can be used flexibly to develop a tailored package of support to meet your needs.

All of our training is based on the DfE Competency Framework for Governors or Clerks.

There are five options when selecting your training package:

Online Interactive Training

Interactive training where you can ask questions and hear new ideas. Book at a time to suit you.

1 credit = 1 place for you or a member of your board session

Recorded Training

On demand pre-recorded sessions delivered by our governance and clerking experts and downloaded by you to watch anywhere, any time.

1 credit = 1 session

Exclusing Interactive Training

One of our courses delivered online to your whole governing board.

6 credits = 1 private session for your whole board

Additional Mentor Support

Individual support, advice and challenge to support you or one of your governing board in their role.

3 credits = 1 mentor call

Bespoke Interactive Training

A session tailored to your needs on a topic of your choice delivered online to your whole governing board.

15 credits = 1 bespoke session for your whole board

Additional Opportunities

If you use all your credits and still need further support, or you identify a project and need some advice, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone. Our Governor Services Team offer several support packages that will help you to continue your drive for improvement.

Some of most popular support packages and training include:

Contact us for further details at GovernorSpace@entrust-ed.co.uk

Professional Development Activities

Governors
Clerks

Accountability for Governors

Governors are directly accountable to a wide range of stakeholders for corporate compliance of their school. They are also accountable for ensuring that others who are delegated to undertake compliance functions fulfil them effectively and efficiently. This training session explores both aspects of Governor accountability and the vital role that each Governor plays in a school's corporate compliance. Testimony: ‘The session was at the right pace and was suitable for both new and experienced governors’- SERCO

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60 mins

Being an Effective Chair

Covering aspects of the Competency Framework for Governance around being an effective Chair. This training covers the key features of leading the Governing Board and the Chair’s responsibilities for setting the direction; culture, values and ethos; decision making; analysis of data; financial frameworks; staffing and performance management; building an affective team; roles and responsibilities and statutory requirements. Testimony: ‘Very focused on real issues. Flexible and useful tool to keep updated’- Hillview Nursery School.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60 mins

Essentials of Governance

Focusing on the essential issues relating to the Governor role. The training session will explore roles, responsibilities and expectations whilst gaining an understanding of the education processes. In addition, identifying ways to contribute towards school improvement through effective meeting procedures at all levels.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60 mins

Finance for Governors: Academies

This training is aimed at new and existing Academy Governors and Trustees. It will explain the roles and responsibilities of Academy governance, explain how Academies are funded and talk through the budget process. Including how the funding is calculated for Academies; the budgeting process and planning for the future. Testimony: ‘I have found it a very useful programme, especially in terms of self-evaluation and giving me confidence to advise governors of their duties and reinforce the importance of minuting any challenge, support and monitoring of the school’- St. Alban's Girls School

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60 mins

Finance for Governors: Maintained Schools

This training is aimed at new and existing school Governors. It explains the roles and responsibilities of a School Governor, how schools are funded and talks through the budget process. This training includes how the funding is calculated for schools, the budgeting process and planning for the future.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60 mins

Governance and the School Community

This training explores the scope of the school community and the means by which Governors engage, interact-with and take account of community groups, stakeholders and partners to deliver strategic governance and educational improvement. The principles of stakeholder management and the importance of data analysis in accounting to the school community are explored. Testimony: ‘This was an excellent presentation. Very thorough covering a lot of information. It has certainly given me a huge ‘to do’ list and has enthused me to carry out next steps’- Rossignton Tornedale Infants. Testimony: ‘Very professional organised, easy to book training, log-in and learn from’- Plympton St. Maurice Primary.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60 mins

Self-evaluation and Developing an Effective Team

Identifying methods of self-evaluation leading to the development of an effective team thus ensuring provision of effective support and challenge. Focusing on the variety of skills that are required both individually and collectively to be effective; exploring legal, HR and financial aspects as leaders and members of a board. Testimony: ‘It is very focused. And I appreciate the flexible on-line mode of training'- Hillview Nursery School.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60 mins

Staffing and Performance Management

This training focuses on increasing Governor skills in sustaining core functions with regard to the appointment of staff. It will provide clarity on the role Governors play in managing the appraisal process and the requirements for Headteacher performance management and appraisal of staff through increased understanding of the statutory regulations.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60 mins

Statutory Requirements for Governors

An outline of the law, regulation and statutory guidance applicable to Governance in Maintained Schools and Academies. This training session offers signposting for Governors to understand their corporate compliance duties and obligations.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60 mins

Strategic Leadership for Chairs

Focusing on how Chairs can work with senior leaders to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction. Whilst also identifying what effective vision should look like, how we can set high expectations and how to engage with pupils, parents, staff and the local community to support the work of the school. Testimony: ‘An effective tool to enable governing bodies to develop their understanding and effectiveness’- St. Thomas Primary School

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60 mins

Strategic Leadership for Governors

Focusing on how Chairs work with senior leaders and Governors to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction. Whilst also identifying what effective vision should look like, how we can set high expectations as well as maximising the effectivenness of decision making and raising awareness of risk management.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60 mins

Using Data and School Improvement

This training session focuses on the role of Governance in school improvement: setting and monitoring the strategic plan; understanding the importance of high quality teaching and assessment; and a particular emphasis on key data, reports and questions to ask senior leaders.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60 mins

Clerking: Administration

Focusing on the importance of being an effective administrator this training looks at some of the skills required to ensure a smooth running of board meetings, key administrative functions and how these sit within the need for Governors to be effective. If possible, delegates should have to hand their own clerks’ job description and person specification to be able to review the scope of administrative duties expected and if necessary find ways of being a more effective administrator. Testimony: ‘I am quite an experienced clerk but still managed to pick up some useful information which will sharpen up my practice’- Passmores Co-operative Learning Community.

COMPETENCIES
Understanding Governance
Administration
Advice & Governance
People & Relationships
DURATION
60 mins

Clerking: Advice and Guidance

An appreciation of the core competency required of a Clerk in providing advice and guidance to Governors. This training explores the scope of constitution and governance knowledge required of a Clerk to be able to offer authoritative advice and guidance to their Governors. It also covers the Clerks role in the procurement of specialist advice and guidance when that is judged necessary. Testimony: 'Good training with lots of practical application, thank you'- Telford College.

COMPETENCIES
Understanding Governance
Administration
Advice & Governance
People & Relationships
DURATION
60 mins

Clerking: People and Relationships

Focusing on how Clerks work with Chairs and Headteacher to ensure effective and positive relationships. This training looks at a range of hard and soft skills and offers an opportunity for reflection. It also considers how professional clerking relationships support the core functions of Governance. Testimony: ‘Really useful and insightful, I feel I have little more confidence in my role as a clerk to at least ask the questions I am thinking! It is the only way I will learn after all!- West Somerset Academies Trust.

COMPETENCIES
Understanding Governance
Administration
Advice & Governance
People & Relationships
DURATION
60 mins

Finance for Clerks: Academies

This session helps you understand the financial role and responsibilities of a Governor, understand how an Academy is funded and enables you to interpret financial reports and provide appropriate challenge.

COMPETENCIES
Understanding Governance
Administration
Advice & Governance
People & Relationships
DURATION
60 mins

Finance for Clerks: Maintained Schools

This session helps you understand the financial role and responsibilities of a Governor, understand how a maintained school is funded and enables you to interpret financial reports and provide appropriate challenge.

COMPETENCIES
Understanding Governance
Administration
Advice & Governance
People & Relationships
DURATION
60 mins

Understanding Governance in Academies (for Clerks)

Focusing in the principles of effective Governance in Academies as well as a review of the purpose of clerking. The training looks at some of the key functions of a clerk in ensuring effective practice.

COMPETENCIES
Understanding Governance
Administration
Advice & Governance
People & Relationships
DURATION
60 mins

Understanding Governance in Maintained Schools (for Clerks)

Focusing in the principles of effective Governance in Maintained Schools as well as a review of the purpose of clerking The training looks at some of the key functions of a clerk in ensuring effective practice.

COMPETENCIES
Understanding Governance
Administration
Advice & Governance
People & Relationships
DURATION
60 mins

Writing Effective Minutes

This session will enable you to understand the role effective minutes play in supporting effective governance, to improve understanding about the role and purpose of minutes, to review different kinds of minutes and explore the role of the Board in effective minutes.

COMPETENCIES
Understanding Governance
Administration
Advice & Governance
People & Relationships
DURATION
60 mins