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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.

Governance leadership development

Once you have completed your self-evaluation, you will be assigned credits based on your type of school.

Once you have your credits, you can then use them to develop a bespoke package of support to meet your board’s needs and areas for improvement. You can build your package to include:

Clerking development

Following completion of your self-evaluation you can choose from the training titles below for Clerks. You can choose up to 5 training sessions.

Interactive Training

Governing Boards can choose from a range of online interactive training, which cover all aspects of the 16 competencies of effective governance, whilst Clerks can choose from a range of training covering the competencies for professional clerking and more. You’ll be able to browse the training on offer, selecting a session which best suits your needs. Most sessions will be delivered in the evening and will last approximately 1 hourwith time for questions afterwards.

Mentor Support

In addition to interactive online training, to support you in the process of self-evaluation and improvement Governance leaders and Clerks will have at least two free mentor sessions, one at the beginning and one at the end of the process. These will help you recognise success and impact as well as ensuring that the process of self-evaluation and improvement is robust and secure. Mentors will call or use a video link to conduct these sessions and will be I n contact with you to support you on your journey.

If you decide that you would like further mentor calls this can be arranged using your credits. Those schools who qualify for higher funding will receive an interim mentoring session to support governance leaders in putting the development plan into action.

Bespoke Interactive Online Training

We know that each Governing Board is unique and has their own individual areas for development. You can therefore choose to use your credits on a bespoke training session, delivered to all your governors at a time convenient to you.

This will ensure all your Governors hear the same message at the same time and are working to achieve a common goal. This may be useful to identify key actions from the training and to share development activities between members.

Any of the titles below can be set up as a bespoke interactive session and these can be adapted to fit your specific needs.

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

Additional Mentor Support - Governors

Would you like an additional mentor support call to provide you or one of your governors with individual support, advice and challenge in your role. The GovernorSpace team will be in touch to arrange a suitable date and time to carry out the call. Please disregard the date and time of this session as a suitable date will be arranged with you.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
45 mins

Exclusive Interactive Training

Choose one of our training sessions to be delivered online to all of your governors at a time convenient to you. This will ensure all governors hear the same message at the same time and are working to achieve a common goal. This is an opportunity to bring your whole board together to share ideas and have a personalized question and answer session with an experienced trainer. When you book this exclusive interactive training one of the GovernorSpace team will be in touch to find out which training you are interested in and a suitable date and time for delivery. Please disregard the time and date for this training as we will negotiate a time and date to suit you.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
1 hour

Interactive Training: 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.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60 mins

Interactive Training: 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.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60 mins

Interactive Training: 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

Interactive Training: 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.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60 mins

Interactive Training: 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

Interactive Training: 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.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60 mins

Interactive Training: 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.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60 mins

Interactive Training: 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

Interactive Training: 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

Interactive Training: 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.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60 mins

Interactive Training: 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

Interactive Training: 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

Recorded Training: 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. PLEASE NOTE: The recorded training is available to watch immediately when you have booked. You can access the training by pressing the link sent to your registered email address after booking.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60

Recorded Training: 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. PLEASE NOTE: The recorded training is available to watch immediately when you have booked. You can access the training by pressing the link sent to your registered email address after booking.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60

Recorded Training: 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. PLEASE NOTE: The recorded training is available to watch immediately when you have booked. You can access the training by pressing the link sent to your registered email address after booking.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60

Recorded Training: Finance for Governors in 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. PLEASE NOTE: The recorded training is available to watch immediately when you have booked. You can access the training by pressing the link sent to your registered email address after booking.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60

Recorded Training: Finance for Governors in 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. PLEASE NOTE: The recorded training is available to watch immediately when you have booked. You can access the training by pressing the link sent to your registered email address after booking.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60

Recorded Training: 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. PLEASE NOTE: The recorded training is available to watch immediately when you have booked. You can access the training by pressing the link sent to your registered email address after booking.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60

Recorded Training: 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. PLEASE NOTE: The recorded training is available to watch immediately when you have booked. You can access the training by pressing the link sent to your registered email address after booking.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60

Recorded Training: 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. PLEASE NOTE: The recorded training is available to watch immediately when you have booked. You can access the training by pressing the link sent to your registered email address after booking.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60

Recorded Training: Statutory Requirements for Governance

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. PLEASE NOTE: The recorded training is available to watch immediately when you have booked. You can access the training by pressing the link sent to your registered email address after booking.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60

Recorded Training: 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. PLEASE NOTE: The recorded training is available to watch immediately when you have booked. You can access the training by pressing the link sent to your registered email address after booking.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60

Recorded Training: 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. PLEASE NOTE: The recorded training is available to watch immediately when you have booked. You can access the training by pressing the link sent to your registered email address after booking.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60

Recorded Training: Understanding Governance in Academies

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. PLEASE NOTE: The recorded training is available to watch immediately when you have booked. You can access the training by pressing the link sent to your registered email address after booking.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60

Recorded Training: 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. PLEASE NOTE: The recorded training is available to watch immediately when you have booked. You can access the training by pressing the link sent to your registered email address after booking.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60

Recorded Training: 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. PLEASE NOTE: The recorded training is available to watch immediately when you have booked. You can access the training by pressing the link sent to your registered email address after booking.

COMPETENCIES
Strategic Leadership
Accountability
People
Structures
Compliance
Evaluation
DURATION
60

Additional Mentor Support - Clerks

Would you like an additional mentor support call to provide you with individual support, advice and challenge in your role. The GovernorSpace team will be in touch to arrange a suitable date and time to carry out the call. Please disregard the date and time of this session as a suitable date will be arranged with you.

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

Interactive Training: 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.

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

Interactive Training: 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.

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

Interactive Training: 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.

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

Interactive Training: 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

Interactive Training: 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

Interactive Training: Understanding Governance in Academies

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

Interactive Training: Understanding Governance in Maintained Schools

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

Interactive Training: 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

Recorded Training: 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. PLEASE NOTE: The recorded training is available to watch immediately when you have booked. You can access the training by pressing the link sent to your registered email address after booking.

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

Recorded Training: 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. PLEASE NOTE: The recorded training is available to watch immediately when you have booked. You can access the training by pressing the link sent to your registered email address after booking.

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

Recorded Training: Clerking: People and Relationship

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. PLEASE NOTE: The recorded training is available to watch immediately when you have booked. You can access the training by pressing the link sent to your registered email address after booking.

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

Recorded Training: Finance for Clerks in 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. PLEASE NOTE: The recorded training is available to watch immediately when you have booked. You can access the training by pressing the link sent to your registered email address after booking.

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

Recorded Training: Finance for Clerks in 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. PLEASE NOTE: The recorded training is available to watch immediately when you have booked. You can access the training by pressing the link sent to your registered email address after booking.

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

Recorded Training: Understanding Governance in Maintained Schools

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. PLEASE NOTE: The recorded training is available to watch immediately when you have booked. You can access the training by pressing the link sent to your registered email address after booking.

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