Governance Training 2017/18

The Learn Sheffield Governance Training & Development Offer for the 2017/2018 school year has been developed further by using the feedback from last year and we are confident that it offers excellent value for money and a comprehensive offer to all schools and academies.

To download the original PDF document click on the above image. As new events have been added these will only appear on the webpages below.

Overview Induction Training Development Training & Seminars Online Learning Package Governance Conference Governance Briefings Safeguarding Training National Leaders of Governance Bespoke Training Venues Quality Assurance Event Joining Instructions Pen Portraits

Overview

The Learn Sheffield Governance Training & Development Offer for the 2017/2018 school year has been developed further by using the feedback from last year and we are confident that it offers excellent value for money and a comprehensive offer to all schools and academies.

As previously, the offer will be delivered by a wide range of quality assured providers including, amongst others, The National Governance Association (NGA), Teaching Schools, National Leaders of Governance, Universities and Learn Sheffield’s own team. We believe it constitutes an offer by the city to the city, and is an excellent example of Sheffield’s school led system at work.

Governance Offer

An Improved Offer for 2017/18!

We have listened to feedback and scoped the 2017/18 offer accordingly. We believe that the improvements below ensure that the offer will meet the needs of all Sheffield schools and academies.

The most popular sessions from last year have been included again.

Examples include:

  • Induction for New Governors Programme.
  • Ofsted – Governing Body Preparation.
  • Appraisal / Performance Management for Headteachers & Principals.
  • Chair & Vice Chair Development.
  • Special Educational Needs & the SEND Code of Practice.
  • Understanding School Data.
  • Managing Your School Budget.

New sessions have been added to meet the needs identified by schools and academies

Examples include:

  • Competency Framework for Governance.
  • Governance in Multi Academy Trusts.
  • Forming & Joining a Multi Academy Trust.
  • Governing Groups of Schools.
  • Competency Framework for Clerks.
  • Research Led Practice.

Online Learning Package Improved

The Learn Sheffield Governance Training & Development offer will continue to include access to an e-learning package. This enables subscribers to access training online at their own convenience.

The GEL e-learning platform has been taken over by the National Governors Association (NGA). Learn Sheffield is working closely with the NGA and are excited by the new e-learning offer, which will launch shortly and will be called the Governor Learning Link.

Information about Free Activities are included within the offer

A number of free activities are available within the city. They are included within the offer so that colleagues have one place to go for all their training needs. This will continue to include termly briefings, information about safeguarding training and other free events.

Annual Governance Conference

The 2017 Learn Sheffield Governance Conference was a huge success. Feedback on the theme, speakers and venue were extremely positive. Details of the 2018 conference are on the 'Governance Conference' tab, above.

Subscribers to the Learn Sheffield offer will receive TWO free tickets to this event.

 

Booking Places

Booking places for specific sessions is quick and easy. Following the positive feedback from this year we will continue to use Eventbrite via this website. This enables colleagues to find the session they wish to attend and book a place online. They will then receive a confirmation email and a reminder prior to the training. (www.learnsheffield.co.uk/ServicesToSchools/GovernanceTraining).

Information can also be accessed via the Learn Sheffield website, by phone (0114 250 7417) or by email (governance@learnsheffield.co.uk).

 

Quality Assurance

The first guarantee of this high quality training comes from the strong range of partners who contribute to the delivery of this offer. These partners (below), including Teaching Schools & Universities, contributed to the delivery in 2016/17.

Learn Sheffield will also continue to ensure that there is a robust quality assurance programme for the Governance Training & Development Offer. This includes analysis of feedback from participants, sharing and scrutiny of materials/resources and a programme of visits to sample sessions.

Partners

Induction Training

The programme of training sessions below is aimed at new governors. There are four cohorts planned, one series of twilights in each term plus a full day Saturday opportunity to complete this training in a single day. More cohorts will be added if there is sufficient demand.

This programme is provided in partnership with Learners First Schools Partnership, which builds on the successful partnership established previously. This will also provide some opportunities for colleagues to access alternative sessions or groups when the cohorts mentioned below are not suitable.

The programme is relevant for governors from all phases and settings and is organised into the four core sessions below. The programme aims to support new governors to better understand:

  • The role of governing bodies and why they exist.
  • How to be an effective member of a governing body.
  • The key roles and responsibilities of governing bodies in contributing to school improvement.
  • The different and complementary roles of the headteacher and the governing body.
  • Roles of different stakeholders and their relationship with the governing body.

Cohort One (Autumn 2017), Cohort Two (Spring 2018), Cohort Three (Summer 2018) & Cohort Four will take place on a Saturday.

  • Session 1 - Moral Purpose
  • Session 2 - Strategic Leadership
  • Session 3 - Accountability
  • Session 4 - The role of governors as a critical friend
Induction for New Governors Programme
Cohort OneBook Now   Cohort Two
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
Learn Sheffield Session 1:
5 October 2017
6.00-8.00pm
  tbc Session 1:
Spring 2018
Session 2:
12 October 2017
6.00-8.00pm
Session 2:
Spring 2018
Session 3:
19 October 2017
6.00-8.00pm
Session 3:
Spring 2018
Session 4:
26 October 2017
6.00-8.00pm
Session 4:
Spring 2018
Cohort Three   Cohort Four
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
tbc Session 1:
Summer 2018
  tbc Session 1:
Saturday, tbc
Session 2:
Summer 2018
Session 2:
Saturday, tbc
Session 3:
Summer 2018
Session 3:
Saturday, tbc
Session 4:
Summer 2018
Session 4:
Saturday, tbc

 

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Development Training & Seminars

A programme of training sessions and seminars has been designed to support the development of governors, trustees and board members. Seminars will often relate to ‘hot topics’ and may be preceded or followed by a ‘think piece’ to read or watch.

  • The training is spread throughout the school year, with sessions run as either twilights or on a Saturday morning.
  • The venues are distributed across the city, including city centre locations.
  • Most training will have more than one cohort each year and additional cohorts will be offered where demand is high.
  • Many of the options have more than one session to attend – booking online for session one will automatically include booking all of the sessions.

Cost to non-subscribing schools - £50 per person per session. e.g. £100 for a two-session course.

Index to Development Training & Seminars

Achievement of Vulnerable Learners

Course Information

  • What limits achievement for vulnerable learners?
  • How can schools best address barriers to learning on an individual and systemic level?

Trainer: Judith Smith – MERCIA Learning Alliance (King Ecgbert/Newfield Schools)

Cohort OneBook Now   Cohort TwoBook Now
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
King Ecgbert School Session 1:
22 January 2018
6.00-8.00pm
  Forge Valley School Session 1:
14 March 2018
6.00-8.00pm

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Appraisal / Performance Management for Headteachers & Principals

Course Information

  • Suggested annual timeline.
  • Aims and purpose of Headteacher performance management.
  • The process and regulations.
  • Roles and responsibilities – key people.
  • Target setting for Headteachers Statutory duty for Governors – Headteacher appraisal and capability.
  • Understand aims of process and purpose – why?
  • Pay award – performance related pay.
  • Taking appropriate action – concerns.

Trainer: Ann Allen – Sheffield TSA (Silverdale School)

Cohort OneBook Now   Cohort TwoBook Now
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
Silverdale School Session 1:
5 December 2017
5.00-6.30pm
  Malin Bridge
Primary School
Session 1:
16 January 2018
5.00-6.30pm

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Chair & Vice Chair Development / Effective Leadership

Course Information

As effective leadership is such a broad and important subject in the context of school governance in both maintained schools and academies, each cohort will need to attend two sessions:

Session One – ‘Governance impact on the school’
Session Two – ‘Governance and leadership’

The sessions will be delivered though a mixture of pre-course work, short presentations, focussed discussion and use of unique source materials.

Trainer: Andy Child & Derek Grover – Hallam TSA (Notre Dame RC High School)

Cohort OneBook Now   Cohort TwoBook Now
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
Notre Dame RC
High School
Session 1:
22 November 2017
6.00-8.00pm
  Notre Dame RC
High School
Session 1:
16 May 2018
6.00-8.00pm
Session 2:
17 January 2018
6.00-8.00pm
Session 2:
27 June 2018
6.00-8.00pm

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Competency Framework for Clerks Seminar

Course Information

The role of Clerk to Governors has evolved and developed and is so much more than preparing meeting agendas and taking minutes. This seminar will explore the responsibilities of Clerks, the skills needed to undertake the role and good practice advice, with a focus on the DfE Clerks Competency Framework.

The seminar will be delivered though a presentation and focussed discussion.

The seminar is for Clerks to Governors, those thinking about undertaking the role of Clerk and Governors who would like to learn more about the responsibilities and duties of Clerks.

Trainer: Amy Wright – Hallam TSA (Notre Dame RC High School)

Cohort OneBook Now  
Venue Date/Times  
Notre Dame RC
High School
Session 1:
14 November 2017
6.00-8.00pm
 

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Competency Framework for Governance

Course Information

  • Strategic Leadership.
  • Accountability.
  • People.
  • Structures.
  • Compliance.
  • Evaluation.

Trainer: Mark Coppel - LUTSA (St Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary School)

Cohort OneBook Now   Cohort TwoBook Now
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
aSt Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary School Session 1:
7 November 2017
6.00-8.00pm
  St Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary School Session 1:
16 January 2018
6.00-8.00pm

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Cultural Education Seminar – Sheffield Cultural Education Partnersip – Information for Governors

Course Information

This seminar will include the latest information about the Sheffield Cultural Education Partnership and the opportunities that this presents for schools and academies. It will also consider the key quality principles that underpin a strong cultural education offer, and the role of governance in developing great practice.

Trainer: Sophie Hunter – Sheffield Cultural Education Partnership

Cohort OneBook Now  
Venue Date/Times  
City Centre, tbc Session 1:
21 May 2018
6.00-7.30pm
 

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Disadvantaged Learners & Pupil Premium Reports

Course Information

  • Why do gaps in achievement exist?
  • Promoting social mobility through academic achievement.
  • What makes a good PP report?

Trainer: Judith Smith & Matthew Bailey – MERCIA Learning Alliance (King Ecgbert/Newfield Schools)

Cohort OneBook Now   Cohort TwoBook Now
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
King Ecgbert School Session 1:
13 November 2017
6.00-8.00pm
  Forge Valley School Session 1:
17 April 2018
6.00-8.00pm
Session 2:
11 December 2017
6.00-8.00pm
Session 2:
15 May 2018
6.00-8.00pm

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Forming & Joining a Multi Academy Trust (MAT)

Course Information

This session will raise awareness and develop the understanding of the issues that emerge when groups of schools are considering becoming a multi academy trust.

The session will cover:

  • The rationale for becoming a MAT.
  • The legalities and the role of the trust board.
  • Lines of accountability – some models.
  • Building the organisation.
  • Next steps.

Trainer: National Governance Association (NGA)

Cohort OneBook Now   Cohort TwoBook Now
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
Learn Sheffield Session 1:
6 November 2017
5.30-7.00pm
  tbc Session 1:
14 May 2018
5.30-7.00pm

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Governance in Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) - Issues to Consider

Course Information

This course aims to create a common understanding amongst governors (at whatever level) of the governance implications of being part of a MAT. Through input and group discussion we encourage them to consider:

  • What is a MAT?
  • The Government’s expectations for schools becoming academies and joining MATs.
  • Why are schools forming and joining MATs?
  • What changes for a school and its governance when joining a MAT?
  • Consideration of MAT leadership and governance structures.
  • Expectations of governors and governance in a MAT (at LGB and Trust levels).
  • Lessons and common challenges from existing / new MATs.

Trainer: Leading Edge

Cohort OneBook Now   Cohort TwoBook Now
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
Learn Sheffield Session 1:
4 December 2017
5.30-7.00pm
  tbc Session 1:
14 May 2018
5.30-7.00pm

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Governing Body Discipline Committees & Independent Review Panels

Course Information

This course is specifically designed to ensure that governors are able to fulfil the key role of deciding whether an excluded pupil should be reinstated. Based on schools’ experiences at Independent Review Panel (IRP) meetings over the last 24 months and with interactive elements, this course aims to set the context of behaviour and exclusions for governors ensuring that the GBDC can avoid common pitfalls in reviewing a Headteacher’s decision to exclude a pupil. A detailed and considered review by the GBDC significantly reduces the risk of a successful challenge at an IRP. By the end of this course you should also be ready to face the scrutiny of the IRP and able to robustly defend your Headteacher’s decision. You will also gain an overall understanding of the recent changes introduced into the new statutory guidance dated September 2017.

Trainer: Nadine Wynter, Lauren Bate & Angela Lee – Sheffield City Council

Cohort OneBook Now  
Venue Date/Times  
Town Hall
Committee Room 1
Session 2:
18 April 2018
5.30-8.00pm
 

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Governing Groups of Schools

Course Information

The purpose of this session is to inform governors about the options available to them when considering governing a group of schools – both through federation and by forming a multi academy trust, and to promote discussion of the benefits and challenges.

The session will cover:

  • The rationale for governing as a group.
  • How collaboration may mitigate current challenges.
  • The options.
  • Identifying barriers, challenges and benefits.
  • Visioning the future - determining next steps.

Trainer: National Governance Association (NGA)

Cohort OneBook Now   Cohort TwoBook Now
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
Learn Sheffield Session 1:
20 November 2017
5.30-7.00pm
  tbc Session 1:
5 June 2018
5.30-7.00pm

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Health & Safety Training for School Governors

Course Information

By the end of the session, Governors will have a clear understanding of:

  • The role of the employer in managing health and safety.
  • Governors responsibilities for health and safety.
  • How health and safety law is enforced.
  • The importance of risk assessment.
  • How and where to get further advice and support.

Trainer: Claire Hallam – Sheffield City Council

Cohort OneBook Now   Cohort TwoBook Now
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
Learn Sheffield Session 1:
25 October 2017
5.00-7.00pm
  Learn Sheffield Session 1:
7 March 2018
5.00-7.00p

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Holding School Leaders to Account

Course Information

  • How to hold Leaders to Account – Essential Behaviours.
  • What to hold leaders to account for at your school?
  • How do you hold someone to account for things they probably know more about than you.

Trainer: Mark Coppel - LUTSA (St Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary School)

Cohort OneBook Now   Cohort TwoBook Now
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
St Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary School Session 1:
15 November 2017
6.00-8.00pm
  St Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary School Session 1:
12 February 2018
6.00-8.00pm

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Improving Outcomes in Reading at the End of KS2 – A National Issue

Course Information

  • Exploration of a progressive whole school reading approach.
  • Introduction to the reciprocal teaching approach including an interactive session.
  • Learn how to integrate reading across the curriculum in order to develop subject knowledge.

Trainer: Claire Peats – Five Rivers TSA (Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy)

Cohort OneBook Now  
Venue Date/Times  
Tinsley Meadows Primary School Session 1:
7 February 2018
5.30-7.30pm
 

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Information Management Training – Your Statutory Role as a Governing Body

Course Information

This workshop is provided by the Information & Knowledge Management Team and is designed to provide governors with an understanding of governors’ and schools’ statutory role around Data Protection, Freedom of Information and the proposed changes which come into force May 2018.

The session will support you in handling and managing the various aspects of legislative responsibilities that accompany all school Governors as Data Controllers in a school. In particular, this session will cover:

Roles and responsibilities, Legislation, Best practice, Devising policies and procedures, Reducing risk, FAQ & An introduction to more formal courses on offer.

Trainer: John Curtis – Sheffield City Council

Cohort OneBook Now   Cohort TwoBook Now
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
Town Hall
Committee Room 2
Session 1:
20 September 2017
5.00-7.00pm
  Town Hall
Committee Room 1
Session 1:
11 October 2017
5.00-7.00pm
Cohort ThreeBook Now  
Venue Date/Times  
Town Hall
Committee Room 1
Session 1:
8 November 2017
5.00-7.00pm
 

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Making Sure that Money is Well-spent

Course Information

This course focuses on the third of the “core functions” of Governing Boards identified by DfE and Ofsted and uses the Pupil Premium and Sports Premium to illustrate how governors can ensure that resources are used effectively to improve the achievement of pupils and students.

The course will help governors to develop good practice in response to this national expectation by considering:

  • Aligning resources to strategic priorities.
  • Identifying relevant success criteria for initiatives.
  • Monitoring and evaluating effectively.
  • Using benchmarking data to identify cost-effective ways of allocating resources.

Trainer: Leading Edge

Cohort OneBook Now  
Venue Date/Times  
Learn Sheffield Session 1:
30 January 2018
5.30-7.00pm
 

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Managing Reducing Resources Seminar

Course Information

  • Characteristics of efficient schools.
  • Staffing and curriculum budgeting and control – 80%.
  • Implementing budget savings and efficiencies – 20%.
  • Improving procurement.
  • Benchmarking.
  • Income generation.
  • The role of a Governor.

Trainer: Ann Allen – Sheffield TSA (Silverdale School)

Cohort OneBook Now  
Venue Date/Times  
Silverdale School Session 1:
11 January 2018
5.00-6.30pm
 

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Managing Your School Budget

Course Information

  • How LA’s are funded for schools.
  • How schools are funded.
  • Additional sources of funding.
  • Setting the budget.
  • Financial planning.
  • Financial management.
  • Balances.
  • Risk.
  • Leasing and contracts.
  • Roles & Responsibilities.

Trainer: Ann Allen – Sheffield TSA (Silverdale School)

Cohort OneBook Now   Cohort TwoBook Now
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
Silverdale School Session 1:
5 October 2017
5.00-6.30pm
  Mosborough Primary School Session 1:
25 January 2018
5.00-6.30pm

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Mental Health Seminar / How Schools Can Support Mental Health and Wellbeing

Course Information

  • What is current mental health picture for children and young people?
  • Why should schools support students and staffs mental health, isn’t that the job of the NHS?
  • What can schools do to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for students, staff and parents/carers?

Trainer: Steve Rippin - Fields of Learning TSA (Tapton School)

Cohort OneBook Now  
Venue Date/Times  
Tapton School Session 1:
1 February 2018
6.00-8.00pm
 

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Ofsted – Governing Body Preparation (Primary)

Course Information

  • This session will cover the key requirements for preparing Governors for an Ofsted inspection.
  • The session will include aspects such as: the inspection timeline, identifying key lines of enquiry and likely interview questions.

Trainer: Diane Stokes & Peter Heaton – Learn Sheffield

Cohort OneBook Now   Cohort TwoBook Now
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
Learn Sheffield Session 1:
13 November 2017
5.30-7.00pm
  Malin Bridge
Primary School
Session 1:
5 February 2018
5.30-7.00pm
Cohort ThreeBook Now  
Venue Date/Times  
Learn Sheffield Session 1:
21 May 2018
5.30-7.00pm
 

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Ofsted – Governing Body Preparation (Secondary)

Course Information

  • Sharing of recent Ofsted experience.
  • Governor preparation before the inspection.
  • Governor input during the inspection.

Trainer: Dean Webster & Emma Anderson – Mercia Learning Alliance (King Ecgbert/Newfield Schools)

Cohort OneBook Now   Cohort TwoBook Now
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
Newfield School Session 1:
2 October 2017
6.00-8.00pm
  Newfield School Session 1:
25 January 2018
6.00-8.00pm

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Ofsted – Governing Body Preparation (Special)

Course Information

  • Understanding of the impact the current framework will have on the role of governors.
  • An insight into how Ofsted inspect or use evidence in order to make judgements about provision and outcomes.
  • Development of an understanding of the main changes in the current inspection framework.

Trainer: Sacha Schofield & Elizabeth Tunnard – Rowan TSA (Rowan School)

Cohort OneBook Now   Cohort TwoBook Now
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
Learn Sheffield Session 1:
7 December 2017
5.30-7.30pm
  Rowan School Session 1:
29 March 2018
5.30-7.30pm

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Research Led Practice Seminar

Course Information

Course Information to be confirmed shortly.

Trainer: Mark Coppel - LUTSA (St Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary School)

Cohort OneBook Now  
Venue Date/Times  
St Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary School Session 1:
20 March 2018
6.00-8.00pm
 

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Safer Recruitment – Accredited Training for School Governors

Course Information

This Safer Recruitment course, delivered by Statutory and Strategic Schools HR is designed for governors who are involved in recruiting people to work in schools. The course will look at the ways we can identify and deter unsuitable candidates whilst embedding safeguarding into the culture of your school.

It is a statutory requirement that all maintained school appointments have at least one person on the recruiting panel who has undertaken this training, schools are expected to demonstrate that this is the case as part of the current Ofsted inspection framework. Academies are also expected to demonstrate their commitment to Safer Recruitment as outlined in the Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education 2007. After completing this training, delegates will receive the required statutory accreditation.

Trainer: Human Resources – Sheffield City Council

Cohort OneBook Now   Cohort TwoBook Now
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
Moorfoot,
Conference Room 3
Session 1:
5 October 2017
9.00-5.00pm
  Moorfoot,
Conference Room 2
Session 1:
1 December 2017
9.00-5.00pm
Cohort ThreeBook Now   Cohort FourBook Now
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
Moorfoot,
Conference Room 3
Session 1:
14 February 2018
9.00-5.00pm
  Moorfoot,
Conference Room 3
Session 1:
26 April 2018
9.00-5.00pm
Cohort FiveBook Now  
Venue Date/Times  
Moorfoot,
Conference Room 3
Session 1:
13 June 2018
9.00-5.00pm
 

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Special Educational Needs & the SEND Code of Practice

Course Information

  • Overview of the SEN code of practice.
  • Review of implications for schools of this legislation.
  • Opportunity for schools to discuss and share their response to these expectations.

Trainer:Tim Armstrong - Fusion TSA (Talbot School)

Cohort OneBook Now   Cohort TwoBook Now
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
Talbot Specialist School Session 1:
23 November 2017
6.00-8.00pm
  Talbot Specialist School Session 1:
1 May 2018
6.00-8.00pm

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Strategies for Teaching EAL Pupils from International New Arrivals Through to Advanced Bilingual Learners

Course Information

Taking governors through the journey of an EAL pupil – from theory into practice.

  • Integration of international new arrivals and a development of a bespoke curriculum.
  • Supporting the behavioural and nurture needs of new to English pupils.
  • Strategies and approaches to support advanced bilingual learners.

Trainer: Jane Oliver & Jenna Jina – Five Rivers TSA (Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy)

Cohort OneBook Now   Cohort TwoBook Now
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
Tinsley Meadows
Primary School
Session 1:
23 January 2018
5.30-7.30pm
  Tinsley Meadows
Primary School
Session 1:
12 June 2018
5.30-7.30pm

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The Mastery Curriculum / Teaching for Mastery in Mathematics

Course Information

Teaching for Mastery in Mathematics has a lot of prominence from governmental initiatives relating to the so called “Shanghai Method” of teaching.

The seminar will seek to inform and explain the philosophy of teaching for mastery in maths and the various developmental work being carried out across the country.

Trainer: Pete Sides – Hallam TSA (Notre Dame RC High School)

Cohort OneBook Now  
Venue Date/Times  
Notre Dame RC
High School
Session 1:
6 December 2017
6.00-8.00pm
 

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Understanding School Data (Primary)

Course Information

  • Understand schools published data.
  • Two sessions – session one looking at the Ofsted Inspection Dashboard and session two focussing on the replacement for RAISEonline, the Analyse School Performance.
  • Governors will become familiar with the layout, structure and key data messages from their school’s data. This will help Governors to pose appropriate challenging questions about pupil performance.

Trainer: Diane Stokes & Peter Heaton – Learn Sheffield

Cohort OneBook Now   Cohort TwoBook Now
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
Learn Sheffield Session 1:
27 November 2017
5.30-7.30pm
  Forge Valley School Session 1:
25 June 2018
5.30-7.30pm
Session 2:
4 December 2017
5.30-7.30pm
Session 2:
2 July 2018
5.30-7.30pm

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Understanding School Data (Secondary)

Course Information

  • To understand the key accountability measures for Secondary Schools including Attainment 8 and Progress 8 figures.
  • To gain an insight into the assessment regime at GCSE.
  • To understand the reporting of performance data for both in-year and summer outcomes. This will include training on the inspection dashboards and the Analyse School Performance site (RAISE replacement).

Trainer: Adrian May – Fields of Learning TSA (Tapton School)

Cohort OneBook Now   Cohort TwoBook Now
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
Tapton School Session 1:
17 October 2017
6.00-8.00pm
  Chaucer School Session 1:
10 May 2018
6.00-8.00pm
Session 2:
14 November 2017
6.00-8.00pm
Session 2:
14 June 2018
6.00-8.00pm

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Understanding School Data (Special)

Course Information

  • To provide Governors with an understanding of how outcomes for pupils with SEND are measured.
  • To ensure that Governors have an understanding of how progress is measured for pupils with SEN.
  • To support Governors in understanding impact of strategies on outcomes for pupils with SEND.

Trainer: Clive Rockliff – Fusion TSA (Talbot School)

Cohort OneBook Now   Cohort TwoBook Now
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
Seven Hills School Session 1:
15 November 2017
6.00-7.30pm
  Seven Hills School Session 1:
26 April 2018
6.00-7.30pm

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What Does an Inclusive School Look Like?

Course Information

  • Defining inclusive practice.
  • Understanding the extent to which a culture of inclusion is embedded across the school – policies and practices.
  • The role of governors in ensuring inclusive practice.

Trainer: Sacha Schofield – Rowan TSA (Rowan School)

Cohort OneBook Now   Cohort TwoBook Now
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
Learn Sheffield Session 1:
16 Novemebr 2017
5.30-7.30pm
  Rowan School Session 1:
22 March 2018
5.30-7.30pm

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What Does High Quality Early Years Provision Look Like?

Course Information

  • Overview of the curriculum and statutory requirements – gain an understanding of the 7 areas of learning and the characteristics of effective learning used in EYFS. We will also look at the four themes of the EYFS that underpin all the guidance.
  • Teaching and play – a balancing act – we will look at how children learn and the impact of teachers interactions and enabling environments on a child’s development.
  • Achieving high levels of involvement and sustained shared thinking – we will look at the Ofsted definition of “teaching” and the tools that practitioners employ to ensure children have the best start in life and the opportunity to thrive.

Trainer: Zoe Singh – Silversmith TSA (Dobcroft Infant School)

Cohort OneBook Now   Cohort TwoBook Now
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
Dobcroft Infant School Session 1:
18 October 2017
6.00-8.00pm
  Dobcroft Infant School Session 1:
21 March 2018
6.00-8.00pm

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Young Carers: Best Practice for Identifying & Supporting Pupils

Course Information

  • Gaining an understanding of the reasons why children and young people are caring, the types of care they provide, the indicators of being a young carer, and the impact this can have on them.
  • Finding out about recent changes in legislation and local policy affecting young carers.
  • Getting information on best practice and free resources for identifying and supporting young carers in your school.

Trainer: Laura Selby – Sheffield Young Carers

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Venue Date/Times  
Learn Sheffield Session 1:
21 November 2017
5.30-7.00pm
 

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Online Learning Package

All subscribers to the Governance Training Offer get access to the NGA Learning Link, which provides online training for governors, trustees, directors, school clerks and school leaders. The platform can be accessed via any online device, including mobile or tablet devices.

NGA Learning Link

NGA Learning Link will support users to learn in a way that suits them - remotely, in the evenings and at the weekend, with 24/7 support. It will be inexpensive and particularly benefit those new to governance by giving them a head start; immediate access to essential information, guidance and further reading during their first months as a governor or trustee. NGA Learning Link will also help those in rural and remote parts of the country where it is often difficult or inconvenient to attend face to face training.

In the last ten years, NGA has led the way in exploring how technology can maximise great governance, through the Guidance Centre a Chairs 360 degree appraisal and Evalu8 - the governing board self-review tool, to name just a few.

If you subscribe to the Learn Sheffield Governance Training Offer you can automatically access the NGA Learning Link and the links below take you to more information and the registration page.

NGA Learning Link will launch in the summer term of 2017.

Current users of GEL will be migrated across to NGA Learning Link once it is live.

NGA Learning Link

For more information on NGA Learning Link and the courses available visit http://www.nga.org.uk/ConsultancyandTraining/NGA-Learning-Link-e-learning/Learning-Link-modules.aspx.

Subscribed schools that are looking to register to access this resource visit https://nga.vc-enable.co.uk/Register.

 

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Annual Governance Conference

An annual conference for governors will be organised, which will have a theme and not include the kind of content that would be found in a briefing. The purpose of the conference is to inspire and motivate governors to reflect on their own schools and the wider educational community. Each subscribing school will receive two free tickets for this event as part of their subscription and have the opportunity to purchase additional tickets. The remaining tickets will cost £95 and will be available on general sale. Refreshments are included as part of the conference ticket.

Sheffield Governance Conference
Saturday 3rd March 2018, 9.30am - 12.30pm

‘Governance Stocktake’

A conference to take stock of the responsibilities, challenges and opportunities involved in education governance now and in the future.

How can high quality governance ensure that every child receives a world class education?

Sheffield Institute of Education
(Sheffield Hallam University, Charles Street Building, Sheffield, S1 2ND)

Registration from 9.00am

Keynote Speakers

Christine GilbertChristine Gilbert
Christine was head of Ofsted from 2006 to 2011 and is renowned for her deep knowledge of education and her honest and forthright opinion.

Christine has a distinguished career in education, local and national government. She started her career as a history teacher, then a secondary head, before moving on to become Director of Education at Harrow Council, then Tower Hamlets Council.


Mary MyattMary Myatt
Mary is a highly respected education adviser, writer and trainer. She spends time in schools talking to pupils, teachers and leaders about learning, leadership and the curriculum. She maintains that there are no quick fixes and that great outcomes for pupils are not achieved through tick boxes. She is working with senior leaders on the link between educational values and high standards, and her books ‘Hopeful Schools’ and ‘High Challenge, Low Threat’ have inspired school leaders across the country.

Booking Information

To book your place at the conference please use the ‘Book Now’ button where tickets can be reserved.

Governance Training Subscriber Schools - TWO Free tickets

Non Subscriber School & General Sale - £95 per place

Refreshments are included as part of the conference ticket

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Governance Briefings

Regular briefing sessions which are free to all governors and trustees, are designed to keep everyone involved in governance up to speed. These briefings will summarise key local and national content, so that those involved in governance in Sheffield are well informed and supported. When additional briefings are added, in the same way that Prevent briefings have been for example, these will generally either be free or at a nominal additional cost.

 

Workshop Venue Dates/Times
Autumn Term
Governance Briefing
Sheffield Hallam University –
Sheffield Institute of Education
(Charles Street Building)
12 October 2017
6.30-8.30pm Book Now
Spring Term
Governance Briefing
15 February 2018
6.30-8.30pm Book Now
Summer Term
Governance Briefing
24 May 2018
6.30-8.30pm Book Now

 

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Safeguarding Training

We have not included safeguarding training elsewhere in this offer because we would want all Sheffield Governors to access their safeguarding training through the Sheffield Safeguarding Children’s Board. This ensures that, in this critical area, there is consistency of message and procedure across the city.

A summary of the available training for Sheffield governors, directors and trustees is below, along with the link to the Sheffield Safeguarding Children’s Board website for up to date information.

Safeguarding Governors Training

This training is required for all Safeguarding Governors but is also useful for other members of the Governing Body. It is not the same as the 'whole-school' Basic Safeguarding Children in Education Training, although Governors are welcome to attend this within their school.

The session is delivered by the Sheffield Safeguarding Children Service and will look at:

  • Definitions of safeguarding children & young people.
  • Role of the Governing Body.
  • Safeguarding policies and procedures in schools.
  • Safer schools.
  • Local and national guidance.
  • Identifying safeguarding support in Sheffield.
  • Requirements for staff safeguarding training.
  • Remedying 'deficiencies and weaknesses'.
  • Ofsted Inspections.
  • The Head Teacher’s Annual Report to Governors.
  • Safer recruitment.
  • Allegations against staff.
Training dates for the academic year 2017-18:
Training Date Times Venue
12 October 2017 5.00–8.00pm Forge Valley School, Wood Lane, Sheffield, S6 5HG
13 November 2017 5.00–8.00pm Wharncliffe Side Primary School, Brightholmlee Lane, Sheffield, S35 0DD
31 January 2018 5.00–8.00pm Arbourthorne Community Primary School, Eastern Avenue, Sheffield, S2 2GQ
2 March 2018 9.30–12.30pm Moorfoot Building, Conference Suite, Sheffield, S1 4PL
30 April 2018 5.00–8.00pm Hallam Primary School, Hallam Grange Crescent, Sheffield, S10 4BD
14 June 2018 5.00–8.00pm Phillimore Community Primary School, Phillimore Road, Sheffield, S9 5EF

To apply for a training place, please contact the Sheffield Safeguarding Children Service Tel: 0114 2734 530 or email: safeguardingchildrentraining@sheffield.gov.uk

 

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National Leaders of Governance

Schools should also be aware that, as part of their designation arrangements, National Leaders of Governance (NLGs) offer skills and experience to support other chairs of governors to improve performance in their school or academy.

Any school or academy who would like support from a local NLG can contact Learn Sheffield to discuss this or can contact Sheffield’s NLGs directly using sheffieldnlgs@gmail.com.

Bespoke Training

Learn Sheffield can provide bespoke training for schools and academies, which can include both organising for a session in this booklet to be delivered on site or a bespoke session designed to meet the specific training needs of a governing body or trust board. This bespoke training is not part of the subscription offer and will therefore carry an additional cost. The cost shown below are typical but a final price will be dependent on the confirmed details. In some of the examples below, for example review of governance, Learn Sheffield will commission the work directly to an appropriate provider, for example a National Leaders of Governance (NLG).

Examples of Consultancy Activity

  • Review of Governance.
  • Headteacher/Principal Performance Management / Appraisal.
  • Ofsted Preparation.
  • Bespoke Training Session.
  • Consultancy Session.
  • Succession Planning.
  • Support for Chairs Package … mentorship package or 1:1 consultancy session.
  • Support for Clerks Package … mentorship package or bespoke training packages.

Cost (all schools) – Contact Learn Sheffield for a bespoke price (typical pricing for bespoke consultancy - £300 half day/twilight & £550 full day)

Examples

Bespoke Training Examples

 

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Venues

The following venues may be used for the activities in this package. We hope that the information below makes your attendance at one of our activities straight forward and easy to plan.

Learn Sheffield Training & Development Hub
Lees Hall Road, Sheffield, S8 9JP
Parking: The venue has a car park with additional overflow parking at Newfield / Talbot School.
Public Transport: Bus - First 18/20
www.learnsheffield.co.uk

Dobcroft Infant School
Pingle Road, SHeffield, S7 2LN
Parking: The venue has a small car park on site with on street parking on Whirlowdale Crescent.
Public Transport: Bus - First 82
www.dobcroft-inf.sheffield.sch.uk

Fields of Learning Teaching School Alliance
Tapton School, Darwin Lane, Sheffield, S10 5RG
Parking: The venue has a car park on site.
Public Transport: Bus – First 51/120
www.taptonschool.co.uk

Fusion Teaching School Alliance
Talbot Specialist School, Lees Hall Road, Sheffield, S8 9JP
Parking: The venue has a car park with additional overflow car parking available.
Public Transport: Bus – First 18/20
www.fusiontsa.co.uk

Hallam Teaching School Alliance
Notre Dame RC High School, Fulwood Road, Sheffield, S10 3BT
Parking: The venue has a small car park on Riverdale Road with additional on street parking available on Riverdale Road
Public Transport: Bus – First 120 & Stagecoach – 120
www.hallamtsa.org.uk

Learning Unlimited Teaching School Alliance
St Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary School, Chancet Wood Drive, Sheffield, S8 7TR
Parking: The venue has a on street parking available on Chancet Wood Drive & Chancet Wood View.
Public Transport: Bus – First 76 & Stagecoach – 43/86
www.lutsa.co.uk

MERCIA Learning Alliance
King Ecgbert School, Totley Brook Road, Sheffield, S17 3QU
Parking: The venue has a car park on site.
Public Transport: Bus – First 97/98 &TM Travel – 218
www.ecgbert.sheffield.sch.uk/Mercia-Learning-Trust

Rowan Teaching School Alliance
Rowan Special School, 4 Durvale Court, Dore, Sheffield, S17 3PT
Parking: The venue has on street parking available on Durvale Court.
Public Transport: Bus – First 97/98 & TM Travel – 218
www.rowansheffield-public.sharepoint.com

Sheffield City Council – Town Hall
Pinstone Street, Sheffield, S1 2HH
Parking: Car parking is available at the nearby Eyre Street car park or Q Park.
Public Transport: Tram – Blue & Yellow
www.sheffield.gov.uk

Sheffield Institute of Education
Charles Street, Sheffield, S1 2ND
Parking: Car parking is available at the nearby Eyre Street car park or Q Park. Limited street parking is also available.
Public Transport: Tram – Blue & Yellow
www.shu.ac.uk/about-us/academic-departments/institute-of-education

Sheffield Teaching School Alliance
Silverdale School, Bents Crescent, Sheffield, S17 3QU
Parking: The venue has a car park on site.
Public Transport: Bus – First 81/83 & TM Travel – 4
www.sheffieldtsa.org

Tinsley Meadow Primary Academy
Norborough Road, Sheffield, S9 1SG
Parking: The venue has a small car park on site with on street parking on Norborough Road.
Public Transport: Tram – Yellow & Bus – First 70
www.tinsleymeadows.co.uk

 

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Quality Assurance

The first guarantee of this high quality training comes from the strong range of partners who contribute to the delivery of this offer. These partners (below), including Teaching Schools & Universities, contributed to the delivery in 2016/17.

Learn Sheffield will also continue to ensure that there is a robust quality assurance programme for the Governance Training & Development Offer. This includes analysis of feedback from participants, sharing and scrutiny of materials/resources and a programme of visits to sample sessions.

Partners

 

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Event Joining Instruction

Select the event you are interest in attending and click on register.

This takes you on to the register page. In the top box select the number of tickets you require and then click on the checkout at the foot of the page.

Complete the information required fields on this page and then click the complete registration box at the bottom of the page to complete the booking.

Booking Places

To book a place on any of the sessions please follow the associated link for the course and place your booking via Eventbrite.

Learn Sheffield Governance Training Pen Portraits

Adrian May – Fields of Learning TSA (Tapton School)
As Director of Standards for TSAT I lead on all aspects of assessment including targets, in-year progress and the analysis of final outcomes for our three secondary schools. I also chair the Sheffield Secondary Data group. Here we are able to look at the performance across the city and utilise the expertise from each of the schools represented at the group.

Amy Wright – Hallam TSA (Notre Dame RC High School)
Amy Wright has undertaken the role of Clerk to Governors for over 19 years across primary, secondary and Academy schools and also served as a governor and Vice-Chair of Governors.

Andy Child - Hallam TSA (Notre Dame RC High School)
Andy Child has first-hand governance leadership / experience across primary, secondary and special schools. He is an experienced Chairs of Governors and National Leaders of Governance having worked with governing boards in grant maintained schools, church schools, academies as well as with Multi Academy Trusts.

Angela Lee – Governance Legal Team (Sheffield City Council)
Angela Lee is a Fellow of CILEX with other 24 years’ experience of working in the legal profession. She has advised both governing bodies and Headteachers about exclusions as well as acting as the Clerk to the IRP.

Ann Allen – Sheffield TSA (Silverdale School)
Ann is responsible for the operational side of Chorus Education Trust (formerly known as Silverdale Multi-Academy Trust) which includes Silverdale School and Westfield School, with other schools in the process of joining. She oversees Finance, HR, IT, Marketing, Risk Management and Estates functions. Ann has had several years’ experience as a Governor, Vice Chair and more recently Chair in one of Sheffield’s largest primary schools.

During her time as a Vice Chair, Ann was heavily involved in the changes in the culture and performance of the school, restructuring and refocussing the Governing Body.

Ann is a qualified banker with economic development, project management and business development experience and a keen interest in improving the outcomes for pupils by professionalising and developing efficient central support services for schools, to enable teaching resources to focus on the classroom.

Claire Hallam – Health, Safety & Wellbeing Team (Sheffield City Council)
All members of the team are qualified Health and Safety Consultants with many years’ experience of working in the Local Authority and giving competent health and safety advice.

Claire Peats – Five Rivers TSA (Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy)
Claire Peats is a specialist leader of education (SLE) who has trained schools in reading approaches across different contexts and phases. Tinsley Meadows has replaced guided reading with a developmental reading skills curriculum which focuses on quality literature and fuelling a love for reading whilst also developing academic reading skills which are transferable across the curriculum. Part of the training will include a focus on the whole class reciprocal teaching of reading which has been key to the development of reading at Tinsley and at other schools which Claire has trained and supported.

Clive Rockliff – Fusion TSA (Talbot School)
Clive Rockliff is Co-Headteacher at Seven Hills School. He has a particular interest in the use of progress data in SEND settings and leads a SEND Progress Data Working Group across the sector in Sheffield. He is currently working with colleagues in other special schools in Sheffield and Hull to address the issues that have arisen following national changes to assessment. Clive has been a governor for a main-stream secondary school as well as for his own school.

Dean Webster - Mercia Learning Alliance (King Ecgbert/Newfield Schools)
Dean is the co-headteacher of Newfield School and has just led the school to a Good Ofsted outcome after a previous RI judgement.

Derek Grover - Hallam TSA (Notre Dame RC High School)
Derek Grover has first-hand governance leadership / experience across primary, secondary and special schools. He is an experienced Chairs of Governors and National Leaders of Governance having worked with governing boards in grant maintained schools, church schools, academies as well as with Multi Academy Trusts.

Diane Stokes – Learn Sheffield
Diane Stokes has worked in education for more than thirty years in Sheffield primary schools and as a Local Authority Adviser. She is currently an Improvement Partner for Learn Sheffield.

Elizabeth Tunnard – Rowan TSA (Rowan School)
Elizabeth is and Independent Education Advisor has been Chair of Rowan Teaching School since 2015. She has a specific responsibility for Teaching and Learning and Inclusion.

Emma Anderson - Mercia Learning Alliance (King Ecgbert/Newfield Schools)
Emma is the co-headteacher of Newfield School and has just led the school to a Good Ofsted outcome after a previous RI judgement.

Jane Oliver – Five Rivers TSA (Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy)
Jane Oliver is an experienced teacher of international new arrivals and pupils with EAL. She has worked with many schools in order to develop a bespoke curriculum for pupils who are new to English. She is an experienced trainer who has supported the training modules for Teach First and Schools Direct.

Jenna Jina – Five Rivers TSA (Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy)
Jenna Jina is a specialist leader in education (SLE) who has provided numerous school to school support packages in order to enable schools to raise attainment for advanced bilingual learners. In addition to supporting Teach First and Schools Direct with their EAL training, she has led workshops at EAL conferences hosted by Sheffield Hallam University.

Judith Smith - Mercia Learning Alliance (King Ecgbert/Newfield Schools)
Judith is the Assistant Headteacher at King Ecgbert School, she is closely focussed on closing gaps in achievement for disadvantaged students.

Louise Bate – Governance Legal Team (Sheffield City Council)
Louise Bate is a Fellow of CILEX and has 20 years’ experience of working in the legal profession. She has advised both governing bodies and Headteachers about exclusions as well as acting as the Clerk to the IRP.

Laura Selby – Sheffield Young Carers
Laura has worked with vulnerable children and young people in a range of settings for over 15 years, providing specialist group and one-to-one support with young carers for the last eight years. Laura coordinates a schools network in Sheffield, providing information, resources and training to over 70 schools and other education providers in the city.

Mark Coppel – Learning Unlimited TSA (St Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary School)
Mark has worked in education since 2006 and is a National Leader of Governance (NLG) and is an experienced chair, trainer and consultant. He has worked with a number and variety of schools, including successfully chairing an Interim Executive Board (IEB) taking the school from ‘Special Measures’ to ‘Good’. He has experience of working with Local Authorities and Multi-Academy Trusts.

As a Governor, he believes in making School Improvement the focus of Governor activity and setting high expectations for the other Governors through example and discussion. He has a strong belief in a child centred approach.

He currently works as a Governor trainer and consultant for the National Governance Association (NGA) and chairs a Local Governing Body and a number of transition boards. He also conducts External Reviews of Governance for maintained schools, Academies and MATs.

His previous work included facilitating and evaluating Creative Partnerships projects in schools under the previous Labour government’s flagship creativity and culture programme for education.

Matthew Bailey - Mercia Learning Alliance (King Ecgbert/Newfield Schools)
Matthew is the Assistant Headteacher at King Ecgbert School, he is closely focussed on closing gaps in achievement for disadvantaged students.

Nadine Wynter – Governance Legal Team (Sheffield City Council)
Nadine Wynter is a solicitor with over 13 years’ experience of specialising in education law. She has advised both governing bodies and Headteachers about exclusions as well as acting as the Clerk to the IRP.

Pete Sides - Hallam TSA (Notre Dame RC High School)
A former Head of Maths with over 30 years’ experience, Pete is a passionate advocate of improving Mathematics outcomes for young people. Pete is keen to ensure that all schools are engaging with the national programmes on offer and would be very happy to speak to anyone wanting to find out more. Pete has extensive experience of supporting colleagues in other schools to bring about measurable improvements in student outcomes.

Peter Heaton – Learn Sheffield
Peter Heaton has worked in education for 18 years. He has previously been a headteacher of a primary school in Sheffield and is currently an Improvement Partner for Learn Sheffield and an Ofsted inspector.

Sacha Schofield – Rowan TSA (Rowan School)
Sacha is Executive Headteacher of the Rowan School and Becton School. She is a National Leader in Education and has worked with all phases of schools across the city promoting inclusive practice.

Sophie Hunter – Sheffield Cultural Education Partnership
Sophie Hunter has worked in the field of creative education for more than 20 years.

Originally a theatre maker, she now combines this with working as a creative education consultant, and specialises in working with arts companies who work with children and young people. For the past 18 months, she has been involved in developing the Sheffield Cultural Education Partnership, holding the vision that all young people in Sheffield should be able to access high quality arts and culture.

Steve Rippin – Fields of Learning TSA (Tapton School)
I am an Assistant Headteacher at Tapton School leading mental health, wellbeing and personal development. I am passionate about changing the culture of mental health. For the last 12 months I have represented schools on two expert reference groups: Achieving Better Access to Mental Health Services for children and young people and Effective, Safe, Compassionate and Sustainable Staffing organised by the National Collaboration Centre for Mental Health through the Royal College of Psychiatrists to produce NICE guidance for the NHS. The Department for Education and NHS England visited Tapton School in March 2017 to see first-hand the ground breaking work we have been engaged in. I have also presented at a number of national conferences and contributed articles for publication on Mental Health. This focus started with Tapton School actively engaging in a 12-month national pilot (2015-2016) to develop strategies to better support mental health in school working closely with Sheffield CAMHS. I continue to champion mental health and wellbeing in school as well as actively developing further links with organisations to improve the mental health and wellbeing of students and staff.

Tim Armstrong – Fusion TSA (Talbot School)
Tim has been involved in education throughout his career, focussing on supporting the most vulnerable and those with additional needs. After 11 years working in various roles in Wakefield he started as Head of SEN for Sheffield City Council in March 2017. In his role Tim is responsible for progressing the areas strategic approach to supporting children and young people with SEN and for ensuring assessment and provision is in place to meet their needs.

Zoe Singh – Silversmith TSA (Dobcroft Infant School)
Zoe Singh is currently the Lead Practitioner in the Foundation Stage at Dobcroft Infant School. She leads a team that includes practitioners who also moderate teacher judgements across the region and works in collaboration with pre-schools and nurseries. She is also a committee member for Sheffield branch of Early Education, a national charity that specialises in early years and runs training events across the region for early years’ practitioners. Zoe strongly believes that every child is unique and should be given the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential. A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right, and provides the foundation for children to make the most of their own abilities and talents as they grow up.