Governance Masterclass

The Role of Governors in Creating Vision, Ethos and Culture

Governance Masterclass

Saturday 2nd March 2019 | Mecure Southgate Hotel, Exeter | 08:45 - 13:30

‘Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction’ is one of the three core functions of the governing board as set out in the Governance Handbook. How much time and thought do we give to this as part of our role? How do we want our schools to be and feel? What are the important characteristics we want to develop? What values do we want to instil in our pupils and staff? This masterclass will offer thought provoking input on what it really means to ensure clarity around vision and ethos.

Why is this masterclass different?

We will bring you fresh and challenging ideas about your role and how you can work effectively with professional school leaders.

The programme is intended to reinvigorate you in your role and challenge thinking. Let’s make sure that the time you give to governance is time well spent and has an impact on the children and young people in your schools.

Key Reasons to Attend

- Gain a fresh approach

- Hear from expert keynote speakers who have something new to say

- Interactive workshops will focus on practical appraoches to wellbeing, community involvement and mental health

- Network with governance colleagues from across the South West

**Refreshements will be provided and parking is free of charge at the venue**

Who Should Attend?

All phases from all types and categories of schools:

  • Governors
  • Trustees, Directors
  • Clerks
  • Headteachers
  • Deputy Headteachers
  • Senior Leadership Team
  • Governance Consultants
  • Advisers

About Sir Anthony Seldon

Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Buckingham since 2015, is one of Britain’s leading contemporary historians, educationalists, commentators and political authors.
He was a transformative head for 20 years, first of Brighton College and then Wellington College. He is author of over 40 books on contemporary history, including the inside books on the last four Prime Ministers, was the co-founder and first director of the Institute for Contemporary British History, is co-founder of Action for Happiness, honorary historical adviser to 10 Downing Street, a member of the Government’s First World War Culture Committee, chair of the Comment Awards, a director of The Royal Shakespeare Company and the President of IPEN, the International Positive Education Network. 

He appeared on the Desert Island Discs in 2015, the biggest thrill of his life.

About Dr Tony Breslin

Dr. Tony Breslin’s recent publications include two well-received RSA reports, one on the future of school governance, Who Governs Our Schools? (2017) and one on the development of locally based cultures of learning, A Place for Learning (2016).

A teacher by profession and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire, Tony is Director of the consultancy Breslin Public Policy Limited, Chair at Bushey Primary Education Federation, Chair of the awarding body Industry Qualifications, and a Trustee at Adoption UK.

Between September 2001 and August 2010, Tony was CEO at the Citizenship Foundation, the influential education charity, and is credited with developing the concept of the Citizenship-rich school. He has published over eighty papers, led a school sixth form, held chief and principal examiner posts at GCSE and A level, served as a local authority adviser, and spoken widely in the UK and overseas on education, youth and participation issues.

Tony is currently seeking to build support for the creation of a National Centre for the Social Curriculum, and a participation and engagement campaign, Use Your Vote.

About Natasha Devon

Natasha Devon MBE is a writer and campaigner. She tours schools and colleges throughout the UK, delivering talks as well as conducting research on mental health, body image, gender and social equality. She regularly speaks at Parliament and gives evidence to the Education and Health Select Committees, representing the interests of teenagers and teachers. In 2016, the Sunday Times and Debretts named Natasha one of the 500 most influential people in Britain.

Natasha writes regularly for the Guardian, is a former columnist for Cosmopolitan Magazine and currently has a weekly column in the Times Educational Supplement. ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Being Mental: An A-Z’ was published in May 2018 by Natasha Devon by Bluebird Books at Pan MacMillan.

Masterclass Price

Masterclass price: £99+VAT
Bring a colleague for £49+VAT*
*To claim, please comment ‘half price colleague’ in the Purchase Order field on the booking form. The price will then be reduced to £49+VAT before invoicing.



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Well worth attending. A thought provoking morning and extremely relevant to my role.

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