Working together: Governors and School Leaders in Effective Partnership
This course is offered jointly with the National Education Trust
The partnership of Governors and school leaders has never been more crucial.
This intensive one day course will provide an excellent opportunity for Governors and School Leaders to get to grips with the most pressing issues schools face today.
The growth of academies and free schools has brought with it greater demands in terms of responsibility and accountability for Governors, not only for their core strategic functions but also for the most challenging issues facing schools today
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These issues include:
- How the gap between disadvantaged students and the rest can be narrowed
- How schools meet the demand to promote ‘British Values’
- The greater emphasis on safeguarding and curriculum in the new Common Inspection Framework.
In order to meet these demands it has never been more important for Governors and School Leaders to work closely together to provide principled and clear direction for our schools.
David is an Associate Director of NET and has worked extensively on its school improvement projects across the country, speaking at conferences and training events, leading CPD and undertaking school reviews.
David taught English in schools in London and Oxfordshire before becoming a secondary headteacher in Devon for 12 years. He has been a School Improvement Partner with nine schools in the South West and continues to work with schools in three local authorities as a school improvement adviser. In this role he has conducted governance reviews, led governor training and supported governing bodies in the recruitment and appointment of Headteachers.
As a freelance consultant he works on school evaluation and improvement projects nationally. Much of his recent work has focused on leadership & management coaching in secondary schools, the impact of the Pupil Premium, improving teaching and learning and leadership in sixth forms, and developing the teaching of English and literacy 3 -19. He also writes and leads training courses, and is an A level English examiner and subject consultant for Ofqual.
Joe is an Educational Governance Consultant (since 2012), where on Governance he trains, advises and supports Governing Bodies of a range of Schools, Academies, Free Schools, UTCs, and multi Academy groups around England. Previously, Joe worked as Head of Governance for the multi academy group Oasis Community Learning from 2008 to 2011, during which time he led and managed on governance that growing multi Academy group from 3 to 12 Academies (2008-11). As part of his (then) responsibilities at Oasis, this included for Joe chairing 3 local Academy Councils (local governing bodies) for Oasis Academies in Bristol, Oldham, and Enfield (London). Joe also now serves as a Governor of Heartlands High School in north London, and is a Director also of Heartlands Community Trust.
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The relationship of the Governing Body with the Headteacher
How the Governing Body fulfils its role in overseeing the work of the school
Final thoughts: reflections and next steps
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This intensive one day course will provide an excellent opportunity for Governors and School Leaders to get to grips with the most pressing issues schools face today. At the end of the day you will have greater knowledge and understanding of:
- The principles of good governance
- The distinct roles of Governors and School leaders: clarifying their strategic and operational functions
- How to review the effectiveness of your governing body
- How to meet the new demands of accountability and responsibility
- Practical guidance on how Governors can know their schools and monitor their effectiveness
- Good practice in Headteacher recruitment and performance management
- Effective governance: getting the practicalities right
- How to prepare for and manage your inspection
- Collaborating in school and academy groups
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