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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

Exclusive Interactive Training

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

6 credits = 1 private session for your whole board

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 Mentor Support

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

3 credits = 1 mentor call

Coaching session

45-minute personal development coaching session for yourself or anyone on your Board from an expert educational leadership coach.

3 credits = 1 session.

Consultancy session

45 minute telephone consultancy session from a professional governance consultant.

3 credits = 1 session.

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

***NEW*** The Role of the SEND Governor

In this session we explore the duties of the SEND Governor, including outlining the requirements of the 2015 SEND Code of Practice and suggestions of ways to effectively challenge and support schools in meeting those requirements.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60 mins

Accountability for Governors

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

This training introduces the Chair’s responsibilities for setting direction; culture and values, decision making; data analysis, financial frameworks; staffing and performance management; building an effective team 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

This session provides an introduction to the role, responsibilities and expectations of a governor whilst providing an understanding of the education context. In addition, it explains how effective governance can contribute to school improvement.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60 mins

Governance and the School Community

This training explores the school community and how Governors engage with community groups, stakeholders and partners. 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’- Rossington Tornedale Infants.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60 mins

Introduction to Academy Finance

This training explains the roles and responsibilities of Academy governors in relation to finance, how Academies are funded and talks through the budget process. Testimony: ‘Very informative presenter knowledgeable and helpful’

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60 mins

Introduction to Maintained School Finance

This training is aimed at new and existing maintained school governors. It explains the roles and responsibilities of governors in relation to finance, how schools are funded and talks through the budget process. Testimony: ‘The training provided was extremely relevant to the role of the finance governor and I felt met the aims set out at the beginning.’

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60 mins

Mental Health

This training explores the signs and symptoms of stress and the impact stress can have on schools. It also considers how you can support a good work life balance for executive leaders. Testimony: ‘The training will inform my response to issues raised in Pastoral Committee meetings.’

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60 mins

New Ofsted Framework

This session will give new and experienced governors a thorough understanding of the new Education Inspection Framework requirements and possible implications for schools.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60 mins

Risk Management

This session will enable you to increase your knowledge and understanding of risk management, to recognise good practice and to identify different classifications of risk.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60 mins

Self-evaluation and Developing an Effective Team

This session identifies methods of self-evaluation leading to the development of an effective team who will ensure effective support and challenge. It focuses on the variety of skills required both individually and collectively to be effective. Testimony: ‘Good opportunity to consolidate my knowledge and focus on some specific improvements’

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60 mins

Staffing and Performance Management

This training focuses on increasing Governor skills with regard to the appointment of staff and also provides clarity on the role Governors play in Headteacher performance management through increasing understanding of statutory requirements.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60 mins

Statutory Requirements for Governors

This session provides an overview of legislation and statutory guidance relating 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

This session focuses on how Chairs can work with senior leaders to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction whilst also identifying what an effective vision looks like. 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

This session focuses on how governing boards can ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction through good practice and effective decision making and robust risk management. Testimony: ‘The main learning point was to ensure that we revisit the strategic priorities more regularly so as to sustain the appropriate sense of direction to move forward.’

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60 mins

The Place of Data in School Improvement

This session covers the role of governance in school improvement including setting and monitoring the strategic plan; understanding the importance of high quality teaching and assessment as well as guidance on key data and questions to challenge senior leaders. Testimony: ‘Very useful overview’

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60 mins

***NEW*** Clerking: Panels

This session provides information on good practice in regard to panel meetings and some tips on how to ensure they run smoothly.

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

***NEW*** The Role of the SEND Governor

In this session we explore the duties of the SEND Governor, including outlining the requirements of the 2015 SEND Code of Practice and suggestions of ways to effectively challenge and support schools in meeting those requirements.

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

Clerking: Administration

This session looks at the skills required to ensure your board’s meeting runs smoothly including key administrative functions. 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

This training explores the scope of constitutional and governance knowledge required to support the provision of advice and guidance. It also covers the clerk’s 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

This session 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

Introduction to Academy Finance

This training explains the roles and responsibilities of Academy governors in relation to finance, how Academies are funded and talks through the budget process. Testimony: ‘Very informative presenter knowledgeable and helpful’

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

Introduction to Maintained School Finance

This session explains the roles and responsibilities of governors in relation to finance, how schools are funded and talks through the budget process. Testimony: ‘The training provided was extremely relevant to the role of the finance governor and I felt met the aims set out at the beginning.’

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

Mental Health

This training explores the signs and symptoms of stress and the impact stress can have on schools. It also considers how you can support a good work life balance for executive leaders. Testimony: ‘The training will inform my response to issues raised in Pastoral Committee meetings.’

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

New Ofsted Framework

This session will give new and experienced governors a thorough understanding of the new Education Inspection Framework requirements and possible implications for schools.

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

Risk Management

This session will enable you to increase your knowledge and understanding of risk management, to recognise good practice and to identify different classifications of risk.

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

Understanding Governance in Academies (for Clerks)

This session focuses on 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)

This session focuses on 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 and explore the role of the Board in producing effective minutes.

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