19 May, 20219:45 am-12:45 pm20 May, 20219:45 am-12:15 pm
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This interactive training day will be an opportunity for both new and more experienced governors, who are committed to improving education standards, to learn methods for increasing their effectiveness in the role, whilst fulfilling their statutory obligations. Exploring fundamental aspects of being a governor according to Department for Education guidance and requirements, participants will learn how to ultimately enhance opportunities and outcomes for pupils through improving collaboration as a governing body and with the senior leadership team, better understanding the different governance requirements in a single school and trust setting, and exploring strategies for ensuring accountability as well as providing strategic leadership.

“Governance has never been more critical to the education of our nation’s young people,” according to Baroness Elizabeth Berridge, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools. Use this opportunity to join together with colleagues and an expert trainer to further your dedication to making a difference to the lives of children in your education setting.


Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to strengthen your practice in all seven areas of the DfE Governance handbook
  • Work with the trainer and your peers to create targeted strategies that hone in on and work to improve specific areas of your education offering
  • Learn the makeup and key responsibilities of a governor role in a school, academy or MAT setting and learn how to enhance accountability within these structures, particularly as you evaluate use of the catch-up funding provided to your school as part of the overall £1.7 billion package following the March 2021 Budget
  • Discover self-evaluation strategies to examine your competencies as an individual governor as well as the wider board, and subsequently develop your knowledge, skills and behaviour
  • Find out how to offer more value in different aspects of the governor role to ultimately improve educational standards and opportunities for children and young people



  • Day 1
  • Day 2
9:45 am
Login and Accessing Training Platform
10:00 am
Trainer’s Introduction and Clarification of Learning Objectives

Attendees will be invited to share their key objectives for the training, both in advance of the event and during this opening session, so that guidance and conversations throughout the day can be effectively tailored to the needs and concerns of participants.
The interactive nature of the day will welcome questions, comments and clarifications from participants throughout each sessions.

10:10 am
Workshop 1: Understanding and Implementing the Latest DfE Governance Handbook

In this interactive opening session, participants will explore key elements of the latest iteration of Department for Education’s Governance Handbook and learn practical strategies for adhering to every aspect of the role with excellence.

Key learning objectives during this session will include:

  • Learning what effective governance looks like: Sharing best practice examples of accountability and performance management
  • Strategic Leadership: Top Tips for providing organisational direction, and stakeholder engagement
  • Accountability: Learning how to monitor and measure educational performance through effective data analysis
  • People: Practical ideas for building a better relationship with senior leaders, and fostering collaboration among the board
  • Structures: Ensuring a baseline understanding of maintained and academy school governance structures, and publishing clear information on your website
  • Compliance: Ideas for establishing effective processes for meeting statutory requirements
  • Evaluation: Considering the role of external reviews and Ofsted inspections in driving board improvements
10:55 am
Break and Networking

Continue the conversation with fellow delegates to discuss common challenges via the virtual chat function or use this time to take a screen break.

11:05 am
Breakout Room: Workshop Implementation Discussion

In this session, participants will work in small groups to discuss with colleagues what they have learned in the opening session, and strategise how to improve approaches to some of these key elements in their own school or academy context.

This will also be an opportunity to share best practice as well as common challenges with peers, learn what practices work well and picture how exactly you could seek to implement them within your own governing board.

11:25 am
Workshop 2: Learn What Effective Governance Structures and Roles Look Like

This session will take a detailed look at the Department for Education Governance Structures and Role Descriptors, released in October 2020 in recognition of the clarity needed across the sector regarding how different layers of governance interact.

To ensure this session meets your needs, David will cover the different aspects outlined for maintained schools and academies and will go on to share real-world examples of best practice from different settings.

Key learning objectives will include:

  • Mapping out common governance structures, and understanding where your education setting fits into this
  • Learning the accountability practices required within different governance structures, and how to implement these effectively
  • Understanding how to improve your decision making procedures and using DfE guidance to ensure you take an efficient, streamlined approach
  • Methods for utilising a committee structure to ensure compliance and oversee key elements of the governance role
  • Clarifying the different powers of governors in a maintained school, an academy and a MAT context
12:05 pm
Breakout Room: Peer Discussion

During this session, delegates will work in small groups with peers from the same type of education setting to discuss how best to utilise the DfE’s guides in a maintained and academy setting. Working together to create a plan to follow up on lessons learned during the workshop, there will also be an opportunity at the end of the session to feed back on discussions to the wider group to share ideas and next steps.

12:35 pm
Interactive Questions and Answers Session and Summary

The trainer will summarise the key learnings of the training thus far, and answer any outstanding questions from the morning sessions.

12:45 pm
End of Day 1

*Programme subject to change

9:45 am
Login and Accessing Training Platform
10:00 am
Trainer’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

In this opening session the trainer will re-cap on key takeaways from yesterday, and outline the objectives for day 2 of this interactive, tailored online course. 

10:10 am
Workshop 3: Governance Competency Framework Self-Evaluation

This interactive session will explore the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed for effective governance in all education settings, according to the DfE’s Competency Framework for Governance.

Key learning objectives:

  • Clarifying expectations for an individual governor as well as the wider governing body
  • Personal self-evaluation: Practice measuring your skills and competencies against this framework, and understand areas for improvement and knowledge enhancement
  • Board self-evaluation: Learn strategies to take back to present to your board around how to measure your effectiveness as a collective body, and methods to focus on improvement in specific areas
10:55 am
Break and Networking

Continue the conversation with fellow delegates to discuss common challenges via the virtual chat function or use this time to take a screen break.

11:05 am
Breakout Room: Peer-to-Peer Evaluation and Discussion

In small groups participants will share learnings from the final workshop session and explore where they feel gaps may be in their own knowledge, skills and behaviours relating to effective governance. Sharing advice and best practice with each other, this will be a collaborative session to support each other’s professional development and explore needs for additional competency enhancement resources.

11:30 am
Interactive Questions and Answers Session

This will be an opportunity to ask any final questions relating to any session from the day, seek clarification on legal requirements and documentation, and share ideas for next steps on ensuring improvement in your education setting.

11:50 am
Outstanding Governance: Key Takeaways and Top Tips

In this final session, David will highlight the key learnings and takeaways from the day, offering guidance for how attendees can best follow up on what they have learned, to make progress in delivering and maintaining outstanding governance.

12:00 pm
Summary, Evaluation and Close
12:15 pm
End of Day 2

*Programme subject to change


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