Governance Training 2020/21

This is the Learn Sheffield Governance Training & Development Offer for the 2020/2021 school year. It 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.

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Overview Online Learning Package Bespoke Training Safeguarding Training

Overview

This is the Learn Sheffield Governance Training & Development Offer for the 2020/2021 school year. It 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

Booking Places

Booking places for specific sessions is quick and easy. We will continue to take bookings for training via Eventbrite on 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.

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

 

Induction Training

The programme of training sessions below is aimed at new governors and offers a broad and comprehensive overview of the skills and knowledge you will need to quickly get to grips with your new role as a school governor.

The programme is relevant for governors from all phases and settings. 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 board
  • Roles of different stakeholders and their relationship with the governing board

The course will take place over three 2 hour Zoom sessions and will be led by an experienced National Leader of Governance. Please use Eventbrite links below to book and joining instruction will be emailed out following your sign up.

 

Induction for New Governors Programme
Cohort One Book Now   Cohort Two Book Now
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
Online Session 1:
17 November 2020
12:00-2.00pm
  Online Session 1:
14 January 2021
12:00-2.00pm
Session 2:
24 November 2020
12:00-2.00pm
Session 2:
21 January 2021
12:00-2.00pm
Session 3:
1 December 2020
12:00-2.00pm
Session 3:
28 January 2021
12:00-2.00pm
Cohort Three Book Now  
Venue Date/Times  
Online Session 1:
4 May 2021
6:00-8.00pm
 
Session 2:
11 May 2021
6:00-8.00pm
Session 3:
18 May 2021
6:00-8.00pm

 

Cost – This training is included (no additional cost) if you have subscribed to the Learn Sheffield subscription offer which includes the governance training package. For non-subscribing schools the cost will be £250 per person, which includes all sessions.

Governor & Trustee Induction – E-Learning Programme

The governance training & development offer also includes the following e-Learning induction courses for new governors. These courses can be taken as an alternative to face to face learning, or as a supplement. There are 8 core modules available to study together with more than forty additional modules. The eight core modules are:

  • Governance: Your role, your responsibilities, your organisation
  • Your organisation: Understanding school structures and what children should learn
  • Strategy: Living your values, reaching your vision, managing the risk
  • Progress and attainment: using data to improve educational outcomes
  • Resources: Making the most of what you’ve got
  • Working Together: Building the team and improving the organisation
  • Compliance: Assuring your organisation, keeping it safe, secure and solvent
  • Effectiveness: Governance making an impact, changing lives

Click here for more details about NGA Learning Link. To access this for the first time contact governance@learnsheffield.co.uk or call 0114 2507417.

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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.

  • The training is spread throughout the school year, generally in the form of twilight sessions.
  • Courses will generally take place using video conferencing via Zoom.
  • Some 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 - This training is included if you have subscribed to the Learn Sheffield subscription offer which includes the governance training package. For non-subscribing schools the cost will be £95 per person per session (exceptions to this are Induction Training & Safer Recruitment Training)

Academy Financial Guidance – The Role of the School Governor

Course Information

This course will help academy trustees to understand their roles and responsibilities as far as finance is concerned, specifically relating to the academy funding agreement and the Academies Financial Handbook which set out the specific responsibilities of the board of trustees.

Cohort One Book Now   Cohort Two Book Now
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
Online Session 1:
2 March 2021
6.00-8.00pm
  Online Session 1:
16 June 2021
6.00-8.00pm

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Appraisal / Performance Management for Headteachers & Principals

Course Information

Effective appraisal of the Headteacher is one of the ways that Governing Boards can carry out their roles of providing strategic direction to the school and holding the Headteacher to account.

This course will help those governors who are responsible for the Headteacher’s appraisal by considering:

  • the legal requirements;
  • Ofsted expectations;
  • good practice guidance for the whole process, including choosing and deploying an external adviser, agreeing performance objectives, on-going review of progress and end-of-year review
Cohort One Book Now   Cohort Two Book Soon
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
Online Session 1:
4 November 2020
6.00-8.00pm
  Online Session 1:
TBC

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Chair & Vice Chair Development / Effective Leadership

Course Information

1) The role of the Chair/VC in school leadership:

  • building a successful partnership with the Head Teacher and the Senior Leadership Team.
  • the need for strategic thinking and avoiding spending time on operational matters.
  • building a team of governors that understand the School and its challenges.

The session will be tailored to the participants needs and will be suitable for established and new Chairs and Vice-Chairs.

2) Leading an effective Governing Body:

  • how to support governors to become an effective Governing Body.
  • balancing challenge & support; holding the Head Teacher and the Senior Leadership Team to account.
  • how to establish systems to capture Governor impact and demonstrate good governance to OFSTED.

The session will be tailored to the participants needs and will be suitable for established and new Chairs and Vice-Chairs.

Cohort One Book Now  
Venue Date/Times  
Online Session 1:
13 January 2021
6.00-8.00pm
 
Session 2:
27 January 2021
6.00-8.00pm

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Clerk Development (Maintained Schools and Academies)

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.

Cohort One Book Now  
Venue Date/Times  
Online Session 1:
9 February 2021
6.00-8.00pm
 
Session 2:
25 February 2021
6.00-8.00pm

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Governance in Faith Schools

Course Information

This training is designed to support governors and trustees with the opportunities and challenges of governance is faith schools. The session will be delivered by a colleague from the catholic sector who is highly experienced in both school leadership and governance, but will also have relevance to those who are engaged in governance of schools in a variety of faith settings.

Cohort One Book Now  
Venue Date/Times  
Online Session 1:
18 March 2021
6.00-8.00pm
 

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Governing Board Self-Evaluation

Course Information

It is essential for the Governing Board to reflect on its own effectiveness including the effectiveness of its processes and structures. This will assist in building relationships and improving accountability, and will enable the board to ensure that there is a clear distinction between strategic and operational leadership. It will also assist in setting the tone and culture of the board.

Cohort One Book Now  
Venue Date/Times  
Online Session 1:
2 February 2021
6.00-8.00pm
 

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Governor Responsibilities for Data Protection in Schools (GDPR)

Course Information

This session will provide governors with an overview of school and governors’ roles around Data Protection and Freedom of Information against the background of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force in May 2018.

The session will support governors in understanding the school’s responsibilities as a data controller and will cover best practice in drafting and updating policies and procedures, managing information risks and also in dealing with information requests and data breaches.

The session will be delivered by a Certified GDPR Practitioner who acts as a Data Protection Officer for a number of schools in Sheffield.

Cohort One Book Now  
Venue Date/Times  
Online Session 1:
10 February 2021
6.00-8.00pm
 

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Governors Roles in Exclusions

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 Governing Body Discipline Committee (GBDC) can avoid common pitfalls in reviewing a Head teacher’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 head teacher’s decision. You will also gain an overall understanding of the recent changes introduced into the new statutory guidance dated September 2017.

Cohort One Book Now  
Venue Date/Times  
Online Session 1:
4 February 2021
5.30-7.30pm
 

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Health & Safety Training for School Governors

Course Information

By the end of this short course, governors will have a clear understanding of the role of the employer in managing health and safety in school and in particular, the role of governors. The course will enable governors to gain an understanding of how health and safety is enforced under current legislation. Governors will also consider the importance of risk assessment.

The course will also enable governors to understand where they can go for support and advice in effectively managing health and safety in school.

Cohort One Book Now  
Venue Date/Times  
Online Session 1:
30 March 2021
4.00-5.30pm
 

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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 the 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 how to ensure that resources are aligned to strategic priorities. Governors will also be able to reflect on how to identify success criteria for initiatives and projects, how to monitor and evaluate spending and on the use of ‘benchmarking’ to help in identifying cost-effective ways to allocate resources.

Cohort One Book Now  
Venue Date/Times  
Online Session 1:
10 November 2020
6.00-8.00pm
 

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

Course Information

The importance and profile of issues around mental health and well-being have grown in recent years and there has been a growing recognition of the role that schools can play in supporting and promoting positive mental health and well-being, both for pupils and also for staff. This course will look at the current picture in the children and young people and will enable governors to consider how best schools can support pupil and staff mental health. At the end of the course, governors will be equipped to ask the right questions of senior leaders and ensure that appropriate policies and practices are in place in schools and academies.

Cohort One Book Now  
Venue Date/Times  
Online Session 1:
8 March 2021
6.00-8.00pm
 

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Ofsted Prep Replacement Course (Primary)

Course Information

This course will enable governors and trustees to consider their role in monitoring, supporting and challenging school leaders during this school year against the background of the COVID pandemic. It will cover the modified Ofsted monitoring arrangements, monitoring of quality of teaching and curriculum and the approach governors and trustees need to take in balancing short term measures against medium and longer term oversight.

Cohort One Book Soon   Cohort Two Book Soon
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
Online Session 1:
TBC
  Online Session 1:
TBC

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Ofsted Prep Replacement Course (Secondary)

Course Information

This course will enable governors and trustees to consider their role in monitoring, supporting and challenging school leaders during this school year against the background of the COVID pandemic. It will cover the modified Ofsted monitoring arrangements, monitoring of quality of teaching and curriculum and the approach governors and trustees need to take in balancing short term measures against medium and longer term oversight.

Cohort One Book Soon   Cohort Two Book Soon
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
Online Session 1:
TBC
  Online Session 1:
TBC

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Ofsted Prep Replacement Course (Special)

Course Information

This course will enable governors and trustees to consider their role in monitoring, supporting and challenging school leaders during this school year against the background of the COVID pandemic. It will cover the modified Ofsted monitoring arrangements, monitoring of quality of teaching and curriculum and the approach governors and trustees need to take in balancing short term measures against medium and longer term oversight.

Cohort One Book Soon  
Venue Date/Times  
Online Session 1:
TBC
 

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Online Safety Training for Governors

Course Information

This course will examine what is meant by Online Safety in 2020. It will look at the major safeguarding risks in the online space and correlate them with the concerns and experiences of children and young people in Sheffield. Governors will be introduced to key pieces of research particularly about safeguarding particularly vulnerable young people online and will also look at the requirements for schools and academies in terms of safeguarding guidance. There will also be an opportunity to explore the Sheffield Online Safety Curriculum.

Cohort One Book Now  
Venue Date/Times  
Online Session 1:
26 January 2021
6.00-8.00pm
 

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Pupil Premium Seminar

Course Information

This course will enable governors to consider the key issues in monitoring the effectiveness of the school in improving outcomes for disadvantaged pupils, for whom the school receives extra ‘Pupil Premium’. The course will look at why gaps in achievement exist and will help governors to understand how academic achievement of disadvantaged pupils can promote social mobility. The course will help governors to more effectively monitor the effectiveness of pupil premium spending in the school, including ensuring that Pupil Premium reports clearly demonstrate that the school is focusing on the needs of disadvantaged pupils.

Cohort One Book Now  
Venue Date/Times  
Online Session 1:
4 February 2021
6.00-8.00pm
 
Session 2:
3 March 2021
6.00-8.00pm

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Responding to Complaints to the Governing Board

Course Information

All schools will receive concerns or complaints from parents or other stakeholders at some time. It is important therefore that governors attend training to ensure that complaints are dealt with appropriately. This course will look at the roles and powers of the Headteacher and the Governing Board when handling both informal and formal complaints from parents or other members of the community. This session will include effective practice in the early stages of a complaint to ensure that it is handled appropriately in order that it is resolved satisfactorily.

Cohort One Book Now  
Venue Date/Times  
Online Session 1:
3 December 2020
6.00-8.00pm
 

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Safer Recruitment – Accredited Training for School Governors

Course Information

This Safer Recruitment course 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.

Cost - This training is free if you have subscribed to the Learn Sheffield subscription offer which includes the governance training package or if you are a maintained Sheffield school. For non-subscribing schools/academies the cost will be £150 per person.

Cohort One Book Now   Cohort Two Book Now
Venue Date/Times   Venue Date/Times
Learn Sheffield Session 1:
4 November 2020
9.00-4.15pm
  Learn Sheffield Session 1:
24 February 2021
9.00-4.15pm
Cohort Three Book Now  
Venue Date/Times  
Learn Sheffield Session 1:
28 April 2021
9.00-4.15pm
 

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Special Educational Needs & the SEND Code of Practice / Inclusive Schools

Course Information

This course will provide an overview of the SEND code of practice and will enable governors to gain an understanding of recent changes to the code of practice. The course will consider the implications for schools of this legislation and provide an opportunity for governors to discuss and share their response to these expectations.

Cohort One Book Now  
Venue Date/Times  
Online Session 1:
18 November 2020
6.00-8.00pm
 

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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. This package can be purchased for £350pa by non-subscribing schools.

NGA Learning Link

 

E-LEARNING FOR GOVERNORS, TRUSTEES AND CLERKS

NGA Learning Link is a flexible e-learning solution to help governors, trustees, chairs and clerks develop their governance skills and knowledge.

Learn Sheffield is working with NGA and Virtual College, one of the UK’s top e-learning providers, to deliver accessible, engaging and convenient e-learning. NGA Learning Link provides schools with an important insurance policy to ensure that governors can access vital training as and when they need it. With 24/7 multi-device access to modules, learning can be completed anytime, anywhere and at any pace to suit you.

Access a catalogue of over 50 interactive online training modules to help you develop your governance skills and knowledge, covering 11 key areas of governance:

  • Structures, roles and responsibilities
  • Good governance
  • Vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Pupil success and wellbeing
  • Collaborating with partners
  • Executive leaders
  • The best use of resources
  • Compliance
  • Chairing
  • Clerking
  • MATs

Benefits include:

  • A certificate of achievement with every module
  • Secure access, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Multi-device access – desktops, tablets and smartphones
  • Tracked learning – revisit content, take a break or pick up where you left off
  • A dedicated support service

Coming soon:

  • 9 bite-sized modules presented in a variety of formats covering topics containing practical advice, perfect for refreshing your knowledge on a topic or completing just in time for a visit, panel or meeting
  • A new module covering succession planning , which will help learners to understand the importance and principles of succession planning

 

NGA Leading Governance

 

NGA Learning Link

For more information about Leading Governance, visit:
http://www.nga.org.uk/LeadingGovernance.aspx

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

Governors in subscribed schools who want to register to access this resource, visit:
https://nga.vc-enable.co.uk/Register

 

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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 Children Safeguarding Partnership. This ensures that, in this critical area, there is consistency of message and procedure across the city.

The SCSP Safeguarding Governors Training is required for all Safeguarding Governors and strongly recommended for the Chair of Governors. It 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 with their school. The training will use local and national guidance to discuss:

  • Definitions of safeguarding children & young people and the Governing Body Safeguarding Role (this is available on the policies and procedures page for education settings
  • Safeguarding policies and procedures in schools
  • Safer schools and safer recruitment and allegations against staff
  • Requirements for staff safeguarding training
  • Ofsted Inspections
  • The Headteacher’s Annual Report to Governors

However, please note: All face to face safeguarding training has been cancelled until further notice. All Safeguarding training courses are being converted to 'virtual' training. All settings will be notified when this is available. You can also follow the link to the Sheffield Children Safeguarding Partnership website for up to date information.

Bespoke Training

Learn Sheffield can provide bespoke governance training for schools and academies. This can include organising for a session in this booklet to be delivered on site or designing and delivering a bespoke session to meet the specific training needs of a governing body or trust boards. This bespoke training is not part of the subscription offer and will therefore carry an additional cost, with the price being dependent on the delivery required. Learn Sheffield can also offer mentorship or consultancy packages to support the development of governance.

Examples of Bespoke Training

  • 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.