Training

Training

Our termly training programme is offered in a variety of locations across Devon and is available for all settings.  Boards subscribing to our service can access many courses free of charge. 

To make a booking for the Governance Consultancy Team training visit the Babcock shop.  If a course is full please register as a 'reserve'; if demand is high we will offer an additional session where possible. 

An overview of all the courses on offer throughout the year can be viewed below. Some of these courses may not be open for bookings at the moment.  If you are interested in a particular course please contact the Governance Consultancy Team who will be happy to help you.

Training for groups of schools:
To facilitate a session for governors/trustees or clerks within a group of schools or meeting as a cluster of governing boards, please call 01392 287314 or email ldp-governorsservice@babcockinternational.com  to discuss your requirements.
 
In House Training:
In addition to our core training package we often visit schools to offer an in-house session, for example, on the governing board's role and responsibilities or to help undertake a self-evaluation or visioning exercise. For more information and for details of the cost please email ldp-governorsservice@babcockinternational.com

Popular in-house sessions include:

  • Ofsted - expectations of governance
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Securing a strategic vision
  • Governors and trustees monitoring role in school improvement
  • Understanding data
  • Managing parental complaints
  • Federation development
  • Becoming an academy - what governors need to know.

Record of Learning and Impact Forms:

As a governor, trustee or clerk, finding time for training can sometimes be difficult, however it is essential. Effective training will inform and challenge, but it is only as good as the difference it makes, either by reinforcing already good practice or by changing existing practice to make it better.  We include in all our training packs a Record of Learning and Impact form. The form is structured in a way that enables the individual attending training to record their learning and to consider what implications this has for the governing board's practice. Using the forms to feedback will enable the board to develop a systematic approach to learning, and will support governing boards in gathering evidence to demonstrate the impact of learning.

Governing boards will have different approaches to how they use these forms; a suggestion is that the forms are used as a discussion point in committees, working groups or with the head if appropriate; feeding back any points that may need to be raised at a full governing board meeting. Clerks should keep the completed forms, along with other training records, to build a portfolio of evidence for Ofsted.

The Record of Learning and Impact form is available below in Word format to download.

Clerking in an Academy/Multi-Academy Trust

Clerking in an Academy/Multi-Academy Trust

Free of charge for subscribing schools

Non-subscribing schools £114 per delegate

This course considers the particular challenges and requirements for clerking within an academy or multi-academy trust including:

  • Effective and appropriate schemes of delegation – which layer of governance does what and are trustees clear on levels of responsibility versus accountability?
  • The varying demands made on the role of trustees through education, charity and company law
  • Explore effective approaches and strategies to ensure the clerk supports delivery of good governance and helps the board and its committees or portfolios to function effectively
  • Articles of Association and the role of members
  • Website requirements for academy schools.

Visit the Babcock shop to find out when and where this course is on.

Clerks' Update

Clerks’ Update  (held annually in the summer term)

Free of charge for subscribing schools

Non-subscribing schools £114 per delegate

We offer separate updates for maintained school clerks and academy clerks, (whether clerking for the trust board or a local governing body/ local school committee). The importance of the role of the clerk has been acknowledged by the DfE, with the Governance Handbook and Competency Frameworks referring to the clerk as the ‘governance professional’. This morning session will support your continuing professional development as a clerk.

These annual events in the summer term offer an opportunity for clerks to come together and consider the latest national and local news and initiatives which will impact on their work with the board. There will be time for questions and for networking. Clerks are increasingly relied upon by their board to provide advice and guidance both during and between meetings; these sessions are an opportunity to build your knowledge and understanding of current governance issues. Lunch is provided so please stay and take the opportunity to network with other clerks.

Visit our cpd online booking site to find out when and where this course is on (keyword search 'clerks update').  Please note, these updates are in the summer term only.

Complaints - Prevention and Managing

Managing Complaints (£40+VAT per delegate)

Non-subscribing schools £114 per delegate

Activity based workshop for governors, trustees and headteachers

Understand why people complain as they do
Recognise the type of complainant you face
Learn about tactics for dealing with complaints
Link this with the Complaints Advice material.

A thematic course which will deliver training through a series of practical exercises involving all delegates.

Visit our cpd online booking site to find out when and where this course is on (keyword search 'managing complaints').

Data - Understanding Performance Data in Primary Schools

Understanding Performance Data in Primary Schools – Introductory (£40+VAT per delegate)

Non-subscribing schools £114 per delegate

For primary school governors and trustees only. Pupil performance is a key indicator used by the government to ensure that every child achieves the best possible educational outcomes. There is a range of performance information made available for boards to assist them in their role. This introductory workshop aims to:

  • Demonstrate how pupil performance is measured
  • Identify and explore sources of pupil performance data
  • Clarify the national and local agenda in relation to key priorities for disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils
  • Outline the key changes in national curriculum assessment requirements.

Visit our cpd online booking site to find out when and where this course is on (keyword search 'governor data').

Developing your Governing Skills - the Next Steps

Developing your Governing Skills - the Next Steps

Free of charge for subscribing schools.

Non subscribing schools £114 per delegate

A course for experienced governors and trustees looking for a refresh and update, or those returning to governance after a break. This half day session includes opportunities to network and share best practice and is suitable for both maintained schools and academies.

This course aims to:

  • Refresh governors and trustees on their roles and responsibilities
  • Cover good practice in meetings
  • Provide skills to promote appropriate challenge
  • Outline good practices in developing strategy and vision
  • Look in depth at governance visits, parent and stakeholder relationships.

Visit our cpd online booking site to find out when and where this course is on (keyword search 'next steps').

Effective Governance for Headteachers – getting the best from your governing board

Effective Governance for Headteachers – getting the best from your governing board

Free of charge for subscribing schools

Non-subscribing schools £114 per delegate

This course is appropriate for all headteachers, whether new to the role, or simply keen to support improved governance. This course considers:

  • The headteacher’s role as the key facilitator of great governance
  • Partnership working – encouraging a strategic approach
  • Developing the governor/trustee role in appropriate challenge and establishing joint ownership of school improvement outcomes
  • Providing information to the governing board – securing robust accountability.

Visit our cpd online booking site to find out when and where this course is on (keyword search 'governance for headteachers').

Effective Minute Taking

Effective Minute Taking (£40+VAT per delegate)

Non-subscribing schools £114 per delegate

The minutes provide a legal record of the decisions, actions and challenge which take place within board and committee meetings and can provide evidence for audit and Ofsted. In this course we will:

  • Consider the technicalities of minute taking including legal requirements and implications
  • Identify what challenge looks like and how to record it
  • Consider how to handle difficult situations and record confidential issues
  • Share resources and best practice for effective minute taking.

Visit our cpd online booking site to find out when and where this course is on (keyword search 'minute taking').

Governance in Secondary Schools – Ensuring the Best for Young People

Governance in Secondary Schools – Ensuring the Best for Young People (£55+VAT per delegate)

Non-subscribing schools £156 per delegate

This course will:

  • Address the role of governors and trustees in curriculum, teaching and learning, assessment and progress, behaviour and safeguarding
  • Improve understanding of how governors and trustees should hold the school to account for the progress of all pupils, including the disadvantaged
  • Improve governor and trustee understanding of the requirements of Ofsted and thereby their performance at inspection
  • Address the specific challenge of securing effective governance within increasingly complex organisational structures.

Visit our cpd online booking site to find out when and where this course is on (keyword search 'Governance in Secondary').

Governance Update

Governance Updates take place in the autumn and summer terms

Free of charge for subscribing schools

Non-subscribing schools £112 per delegate

An update for chairs, vice-chairs, governors and trustees offering an opportunity to meet together and hear about:

  • The latest policy initiatives from local and national government and the likely impact on governing boards
  • Sharing data to prompt discussion about standards and progress
  • General update on topical issues and pointers towards key documents and support.

Sessions take place across the county, visit our cpd online booking site to find out when and where this course is next on (keyword search 'Governance Update').  Please note, there is no Governance Update in the spring term, as we hold our Governance Masterclass during the spring.

Governing the Finances - Academy Schools

Governing the Finances - Academy Schools (£55+VAT per delegate)

Non-subscribing schools £156 per delegate

This course is suitable for all trustees but recommended for trustees chairing a resource committee or with a lead responsibility for finance. There will be time for networking and opportunities to focus on your individual school. The day aims to:

  • Provide an overview of how academy schools are funded
  • Discuss the current financial challenges academy schools are facing
  • Explain the school budget setting process and budget system
  • Consider the trustee role in budget preparation and monitoring
  • Identify common weaknesses to look out for
  • Provide guidance in dealing with financial challenges.

Visit our cpd online booking site to find out when and where this course is on (keyword search 'governing finances academy').

Governing the Finances - Maintained Schools

Governing the Finances - Maintained Schools (£55+VAT per delegate)

Non-subscribing schools £156 per delegate

This course is suitable for all governors but recommended for governors chairing a resource committee or with a lead governor responsibility for finance. There will be time for networking and opportunities to focus on your individual school. The day aims to:

  • Provide an overview of how schools are funded
  • Discuss the current financial challenges schools are facing
  • Explain the school budget setting process and budget system
  • Consider the governor role in monitoring and the Schools Financial Value Standard
  • Identify common weaknesses to look out for
  • Provide guidance in dealing with financial challenges.

Visit our cpd online booking site to find out when and where this course is on (keyword search 'governing finances maintained').

Governing HR in your setting

Governing HR in your setting (£40+VAT per delegate)

Non-subscribing schools £114 per delegate

Suitable for both maintained and academy schools; this course provides an overview of governor/trustee responsibilities in relation to their school staff including:

  • Roles and responsibilities of governors or trustees, headteachers, the Local Authority and HR ONE
  • HR policies, procedures and General Employment Law – the basics
  • Information on pay and performance management
  • Undertaking an investigation and taking part in a hearing
  • Dismissals and appeals
  • Taking part in restructures and TUPEs (academy transfers).

Visit our cpd online booking site to find out when and where this course is on (keyword search 'governing HR').

Heads, Chairs and Clerks - Supporting the delivery of Strategic Governance

Heads, Chairs and Clerks - Supporting the delivery of Strategic Governance (£55+VAT per delegate)

Non-subscribing schools £156 per delegate

An invaluable day for the headteacher, the chair of the board and the clerk to attend training together.  (Co-chairs, vice-chairs and heads of school may find it useful to join their school group.)  The course aims to:

  • Provide up to date information on the current requirements of the roles and responsibilities of school governors and trustees, clerks and headteachers
  • Give all three an opportunity to share good practice with colleagues in other schools
  • Enable participants to focus on practice in their own school, identify strengths and weaknesses and plan for improvement.

All three must be able to attend. Spaces are limited so please book early.

Visit our cpd online booking site to find out when and where this course is on (keyword search 'heads, chairs, clerks').

Headteacher Appraisal

Headteacher Appraisal (£40+VAT per delegate)

Non-subscribing schools £114 per delegate

Governing boards are strongly recommended to ensure appraiser governors or trustees undertake training before they carry out the appraisal of their headteacher. This course aims to:

  • Explain the appraisals process
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of appraisers, the headteacher and the external adviser
  • Identify the planning required
  • Build knowledge and confidence.

Visit our cpd online booking site to find out when and where this course is on (keyword search 'headteacher appraisal').

Health and Safety

Health and Safety

Free of charge for subscribing schools

Non-subscribing schools £114 per delegate

This morning session aims to:

  • Introduce health and safety law affecting schools
  • Outline the responsibilities of the headteacher and governors/trustees with regard to health and safety
  • Identify the requirements for school health and safety policies
  • Explain the fundamentals of risk assessment.

Visit our cpd online booking site to find out when and where this course is on (keyword search 'governor health and safety').

Induction for New Clerks

Induction for New Clerks

Free of charge for our subscribing schools

Non-subscribing schools £156 per delegate

If you are a newly appointed clerk in a maintained or an academy school it is essential that you attend this induction opportunity. This course aims to:

  • Introduce new clerks to their role and key responsibilities
  • Familiarise new clerks with the role of the governing board
  • Familiarise new clerks with their governing board’s data and key procedures
  • Help new clerks manage meetings and the processes and paperwork to support meetings.

Visit our cpd online booking site to find out when and where this course is on (keyword search 'new clerks').

Induction for New Governors, Trustees and Directors - Maintained and Academy Schools

Induction for New Governors, Trustees and Directors - Maintained and Academy Schools

Free of charge for our subscribing schools

Non-subscribing schools £156 per delegate

All new governors, trustees and directors are strongly encouraged to attend this introductory day as soon as possible after attending their first meeting of the full governing board. This course aims to:

  • Provide an introduction to the governance role
  • Familiarise new governors, trustees and directors with their responsibilities
  • Outline good practice in relation to managing the workload
  • Support new governors, trustees and directors in getting to know their school
  • Help those new to governance to feel more confident in their role.

Visit our cpd online booking site to find out when and where this course is on (keyword search 'governor induction').

Leadership of the Governing Board - the role of the chair

Leadership of the Governing Board

Free of charge for subscribing schools

Non-subscribing schools £156 per delegate

It is important for individuals with chairing responsibilities, or those who may become the chair, to undertake training to equip them for leading the board. This course aims to:

  • Introduce chairs, co-chairs, vice chairs and aspiring chairs to their role
  • Explore the key features of effective leadership
  • Focus on building an effective governing team
  • Ensure clear understanding of good governance and efficient practice for leading meetings and managing the workload.

Visit our cpd online booking site to find out when and where this course is on (keyword search 'leadership of the board').

Managing Formal Proceedings - the Role of the Clerk

Managing Formal Proceedings - the Role of the Clerk

Free of charge for subscribing schools

Non-subscribing schools £114 per delegate

This course will consider the statutory requirements for clerking formal proceedings including:

  • Identify and explain what formal procedures are
  • Consider generic good practice when organising and clerking a formal committee
  • Look in detail at exclusions, complaints and Human Resources procedures
  • Consider agenda setting and minuting the meeting
  • Enable clerks to assess whether they, and their board, are ready to manage a formal procedure should the need arise.

Visit our cpd online booking site to find out when and where this course is on (keyword search 'formal proceedings').

Ofsted Update - the New Framework for Governors, Trustees and Directors

Ofsted - the New Framework for Governors, Trustees and Directors

Free of charge

This session is offered in partnership with the Devon Association of Governance (DAG) and the Diocese of Exeter as an opportunity to update all governors, trustees and directors with regard to their Ofsted responsibilities.

We know that Ofsted introduced a new framework from September 2019 with a renewed focus on the ‘substance of education and a broad curriculum’. The changes have moved Ofsted’s focus away from headline data to look instead at how schools are achieving their results, and whether they are offering a curriculum that is broad, rich and deep, or simply teaching to the test.

Karl Sampson, a Senior HMI with Ofsted and the Assistant Regional Director in Ofsted’s south west regional management team will deliver this session and answer questions from participants. This is your opportunity to learn more about the Ofsted regime and have your concerns addressed and your questions answered.

Visit our cpd online booking site to find out when and where this course is on (keyword search Ofsted').

Pupil Exclusion Procedures

Pupil Exclusion Procedures

Free of charge for subscribing schools

Non-subscribing schools £114 per delegate

Suitable for maintained, academy and free schools this course provides an overview of governor/trustee responsibilities in relation to the DfE Exclusion Guidance for maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units in England. Clerks may also find this training useful and are welcome to attend. The session will consider:

  • The headteacher’s power to exclude
  • The headteacher’s duty to inform parties about an exclusion
  • The governing board and local authority duties to arrange education for excluded pupils
  • The board’s duty to consider an exclusion
  • The local authority/academy trust duty to arrange an independent review panel
  • The board’s duty to reconsider an exclusion decision following an independent review
  • The Local Authority role in overseeing the financial readjustment/payment.

Visit our cpd online booking site to find out when and where this course is on (keyword search 'pupil exclusion').

Safeguarding - The Governance Of Safeguarding

The Governance Of Safeguarding

Free of charge for subscribing schools

Non-subscribing schools £114 per delegate

This course is designed for new governors or trustees who have not yet completed their school’s group 2 safeguarding training. Clerks may also find this training useful and are welcome to attend. It will discuss the relevant child protection information and provide certification. It has been designed to help you understand the statutory requirements of safeguarding and ensure that you and your school/setting meet the Ofsted and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 requirements. If you are to be the safeguarding lead for your board, there is a specific course (below) that is more appropriate.

This course will cover:

  • The definitions of abuse and how to recognise the signs and symptoms of possible child abuse
  • The knowledge to act appropriately on suspicion or knowledge that a child may be at risk of harm or has been harmed
  • When to report concerns and what information to pass on
  • The basic roles and responsibilities of the governing board in safeguarding children
  • The importance of a protective school ethos
  • Knowledge of safer working practices.

Visit our cpd online booking site to find out when and where this course is on (keyword search 'governance of safeguarding').

Safeguarding - Responsibilities of the Safeguarding Lead

Responsibilities of the Safeguarding Lead (£55+VAT per delegate)

Non-subscribing schools £156 per delegate

This course is only suitable for governors/trustees with responsibility for championing safeguarding and aims to assist them in recognising the role they play in the safeguarding of children and young people. It explains the importance of implementing and maintaining appropriate safeguarding practice in schools and offers questions that governors/trustees can ask to ensure they are not simply aware of the school's practices, but can be actively involved in making sure they work. By the end of the module you should have a better understanding of:

  • Relevant legislation, statutory guidance, including what Ofsted inspection will test and other linked documents
  • The statutory responsibilities of school staff and governing boards/proprietors
  • The role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead and how to support this
  • Safer recruitment procedures including reviewing the Single Central Record.

Visit our cpd online booking site to find out when and where this course is on (keyword search 'governor safeguarding lead').

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) (£40+VAT per delegate)

Non-subscribing schools £114 per delegate

For governors/trustees who are new to SEND or who have recently taken on responsibility for this area. The course aims to:

  • Increase delegates’ awareness and understanding of SEND and provide an opportunity for sharing experience of SEND
  • Provide an introduction to the national legislation on SEND including the SEND Code of Practice 0 - 25
  • Clarify the statutory responsibilities of the governing board in relation to SEND
  • Consider the implications for governors/trustees of regulatory changes.

Visit our cpd online booking site to find out when and where this course is on (keyword search 'governor SEND').

The Board - Leading and Owning School Leadership

A half-day (or evening) session for individual boards to explore how they take the lead on drawing together key information and context in order to deliver the best outcomes for children and young people.

This face-to-face session will explore how the strategic plan is developed, delivered, monitored and evaluated, with time for governors or trustees to reflect on current practice identify barriers and consider next steps. This session is equally appropriate for stand-alone schools and those working together within a federation or multi-academy trust.

  • Facilitated in-house session working with the whole board which can include senior school leaders, in order to build and strengthen co-leadership
  • All members agree and sign up to an improved way of working
  • Focuses on your school and your strategy
  • Allows all leaders to develop a shared understanding of the different roles in leadership and strategy
  • Enhances ownership and engagement in strategic planning.

The cost for this session is £364+VAT.  Further information is available from the Governance Consultancy Team.

The Clerk as an Adviser

The Clerk as an Adviser

Free of charge for subscribing schools

Non-subscribing schools £112 per delegate

This course aims to give you a clear understanding of governor/trustee responsibilities so you can advise the governing board effectively. We will also explore the clerk’s responsibilities in supporting and managing structures which enable the governing board to concentrate on strategic direction.

The course will cover:

  • Understanding the three core functions of the governing board
  • Identifying the questions governors should be asking and methods of recording them
  • Keeping abreast of the law and policies
  • Organising the annual cycle of work for the full board and committees
  • Reporting formats for governors to ensure accountability and consistency
  • Smart agenda setting.

Visit our cpd online booking site to find out when and where this course is on (keyword search 'clerk as an adviser')

The Primary Curriculum

The Primary Curriculum (£40+VAT per delegate)

Non-subscribing schools £114 per delegate

This is a course for governors or trustees who have limited knowledge of the primary curriculum and aims to:

  • Examine the features of an outstanding curriculum and understand the key requirements of the primary national curriculum and its assessment
  • Consider the role and responsibilities of the headteacher, other leaders and the governing board
  • Support governors and trustees to know how to monitor and hold leaders to account for the effectiveness of the curriculum.

Visit our cpd online booking site to find out when and where this course is on (keyword search 'governor curriculum').

The Professional Clerk Programme

The Professional Clerk Programme

A Department for Education funded development programme for clerks to school and academy governance boards. If you’re a clerk with several months’ experience or more, we’ll help you develop the specialist skills and knowledge to carry out your role confidently and effectively.

  • Improve how you work, and the quality of governance at your school
  • Study alongside other clerks and support each other during and after the training
  • Provide valuable evidence for Ofsted of the competence of your governing board.

What topics are covered?

The programme is closely aligned to the DfE’s Clerking Competency Framework:

  1. Understanding governance - for clarity about the duties and responsibilities of the board, and relevant legislation and procedures
  2. Administration - for high quality forward planning, efficient paperwork, processes and record keeping
  3. Advice and guidance - for better and efficient decision making, with a clear focus on the board’s strategic functions
  4. People and relationships - to build strong and effective working relationships, ensuring a smooth flow of information between members of the board and beyond.

How is the training delivered?

Our highly interactive and enjoyable programme offers blended learning with both face-to-face workshops and online support:

  • Two half day face-to-face workshops led by an experienced facilitator
  • Online support and interactive development activities.

You will learn from practical exercises, facilitated discussions, real-life case studies, and through sharing experiences with other clerks. You’ll be supported by an expert facilitator who will provide guidance, feedback and encouragement, both in the workshops and online.

You’ll carry out a self-assessment of your own strengths and areas for development. You’ll review progress against your action plan at key points in the programme to identify the relevant support and development activities you need to extend your learning.

Most clerks complete the training in one to two terms. The full cost of the programme is £400, the DfE will fund £350 per clerk, meaning the school will need to contribute £50.00.

We are currently offering the following cohorts: 

For the spring term 2020 face to face sessions are being held on Tuesday 10 March and Tuesday 5 May 2020 from 09.30 - 13.00 at Sandy Park Conference Centre, Exeter.  Delegates must be able to attend both sessions.  COHORT FULL

For the spring term 2020 face to face sessions are being held on 23 January and 19 March 2020 from 09:30 -13.00 at The Priory Community School, Queensway, Weston-Super-Mare, BS22 6BP.  Delegates must be able to attend both sessions.  COHORT FULL

For the spring/summer term 2020 face to face sessions are being held on Thursday 30 April and Tuesday 30 June  from 09:30 -13.00 at Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0EG.  BOOKING NOW

We are currently organising an additional cohort in Bridgwater for the spring/summer term 2020.  Details will be released shortly.

The licence for the programme is held by Hampshire County Council, who will provide the materials, but we are delighted to be partnering with them to make this course available for clerks in our region.  We will deliver the workshops and will also provide the online and telephone support for the activities which you will undertake between the face-to-face units.  The blended learning programme is delivered through two 3 ½ hour workshops, with self-paced activities carried out online before and after each one.  The course is very interactive, with plenty of opportunity to share activities with other clerks on the course and build up a network of peers for the future.  It is expected that overall you would need to allow approximately 20 hours for the programme from start to finish (including the face-to-face sessions).

How to book

For further information, to reserve a place on the course and to apply for funding please visit the Hampshire Governor Services website, and book for one of the Devon, Cornwall or Somerset courses  https://www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/governors/professionalclerk

If there is sufficient interest within a geographical location we are happy to offer this course at additional venues across the southwest.  Please contact fiona.collier2@babcockinternational.com

 

Resources

Course Dates Summer 2020

Record of Learning and Impact form

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