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Governor Support Training & Advisory Service

There is a growing expectation on governing bodies to prioritise their own self-evaluation and personal development. Ofsted will consider the extent to which a governing body is committed to its own performance, development, leadership and management.

Walsall Governance Services can provide advice and support in developing a package of training and support that meets the needs of your governing board. We strongly recommend all governors to attend regular training to improve their effectiveness in their role and to keep abreast of developments that may affect their school.

Training and advisory service level agreement includes:

New this year: Access to GovernorHub - With the growing need for data protection and the GDPR requirements, from the 1st April 2019, subscribing schools will have access to view their governor information on the database through GovernorHub, have direct access to updates and book courses online. Please see page 3 for further details.

Core Training Programme - has been developed to support governors to effectively fulfil their roles and responsibilities and engage in key areas of school improvement and strategic management. Governors will gain knowledge and skills required to shape the vision and direction of their school, acting as a critical friend of the school’s leadership, holding leaders to account for school improvement and ensuring governors are equipped to respond to the challenges and opportunities of governance.

The programme is delivered at the Education Development Centre (EDC) and includes the following key courses: safeguarding, data analysis, effective challenge and Chairs’ training focusing on leading the governing body.

Full Governing Board training - for specific issues it is often easier to have a trainer come to you and deliver training to the governing board. Contact the Team to discuss your requirements.

Cluster Based Training - an effective means of governors networking and a cost effective means of training governors from a number of local schools. Contact the Team to discuss your requirements.

Governors’ Induction Package - includes an induction pack for all new governors, face to face sessions and extended online support for the first 12 months; followed by the Developing Governor Skills course which is designed to expand on key skills governors need to ensure they are effective in their role.

Termly Chairs and Clerks briefing - to provide local and national updates on developments in governance, issues that affect their role, changes in regulation and guidance. They also include contributions from other Walsall Council service officers to provide updates that governors should be made aware of. These briefings provide an excellent opportunity for Chairs and Clerks to network and share good practice on the work they have been doing in their schools.

Advisory Service - access to expert and reliable telephone and email advice, including legal obligations, core functions and recommended good practice. The Governance Services Team will no longer be providing agenda’s and supporting reports to all clerks of Walsall Schools, only to schools who have bought into the clerking or the training and advisory service level agreement.

Standard NGA membership - for the governing body, which includes:

  1. Copies of Governing Matters magazine, published six times a year, to the home of three governors and to the school;
  2. A weekly e-newsletter during term time featuring the latest education news and policy updates;
  3. Access to members’ only content in the online guidance centre containing a wealth of governance resources;
  4. NGA guides available at a discounted price;
  5. A free places at NGA member events and conferences.

E-Learning through the Learning Link This package has been developed in partnership with Governance practitioners; its focus is on supporting Governors, Clerks and School Leaders to achieve ‘Effective School Governance’ and will drive school improvement to secure outcomes for children and young people. Governors will have access to over 50 modules. Modules include: Governance: Your role, your responsibilities, your organisation, Progress and attainment: using data to improve educational outcomes, Key Functions of the Governing Body, Exclusions, Understanding Schools Finance, Ofsted Inspection of Schools and many more.

Support to recruit new governors - having the right people around the table is vital to build an effective governing body. We help find volunteers through local contacts and work alongside the national governor recruitment service – Inspiring Governance.

Walsall Governor Newsletter - governors of subscribing schools will have access to a termly published newsletter and half termly updates to keep them informed on current developments locally and nationally.

For pricing please refer to our traded services booklet, to view click link