Holding to account

Each module takes approximately 60 minutes to complete.

The governing boards role in school improvement

  • Identify and understand the governing board’s role in school improvement
  • Focus on the monitoring and evaluation stages of the school improvement process
  • Discuss the school strategy, the purpose and content of the headteacher’s (or other executive leader’s) report and governance visits to school 

Monitoring performance data and targets  

This module will help you understand:

  • how your governing board can use your school's performance data to monitor performance
  • the target-setting requirements for your school
  • how you can monitor your school's progress against targets

Monitoring and evaluating - the governing boards role 

  • Identify and understand the governing board’s role in school improvement
  • Focus on the monitoring and evaluation stages of the school improvement process
  • Discuss the school strategy, the purpose and content of the headteacher’s (or other executive leader’s) report and governance visits to school

Governance visits to schools

  • Know why visits to the school by members of the governing board are important
  • Understand how whole-school agreed protocols can make visits by members of the governing board more effective
  • Plan or review a whole-school policy on visits to the school by the governing board

Headteacher appraisal and capability

The module is designed to help members of governing boards fulfil their statutory duties in relation to the appraisal and capability of their school's headteacher. When you have completed it you will:

  • understand the aims and purpose of the headteacher appraisal and capability process
  • know how to conduct headteacher appraisal
  • know how to take appropriate action where there are doubts about a headteacher’s capability

Pupil premium 

  • The module is designed to help governors and trustees fulfil their strategic role in the effective and efficient management of the school’s use of the Pupil Premium Grant, in order to raise the attainment of Free Schools Meals Children, Looked After Children, and the children of serving members of HM Forces.
  • Understand the aims of the Pupil Premium initiative
  • Have an understanding of the importance of your strategic role in facilitating school attempts to raise attainment for these target groups
  • Understand the importance of gathering and analysing good quality data about the school’s performance in raising attainment for these target groups
  • Be aware of a range of tools and resources that will support the governing board in this important task

Safeguarding 

  • This module will assist you to recognise the role your governing board play in the safeguarding of children and young people.
  • It will explain the importance of implementing and maintaining appropriate safeguarding practice in schools, and offers questions that those governing can ask to ensure they are not simply aware of the school’s practices, but can be involved in making sure they work.

Health and safety  

  • This module will help you to understand the essential health and safety responsibilities of governors and trustees.
  • It also outlines legal duties in relation to health and safety, gives practical guidance about the role of governing boards in managing health and safety in schools and tells you where you can obtain further information about key Health and Safety areas.

Equality and Diversity

  • This module will develop your awareness of the relevant equality legislation and enable you to define the categories of discrimination and associated unacceptable behaviour.
  • You will understand your governing board’s responsibilities under the equality statutory duties, the importance of Equality Impact Assessments sand be able to contribute to their completion.
  • Lastly you will understand the importance of, and be able to make a useful governance contribution to your school's equality and diversity policies and procedures.

Looked after children 

  • This module has been designed to give you an understanding of who is a “looked after” child
  • Explain the governing board’s key roles and responsibilities with regard to looked after children
  • Help you assess how effectively your governing board carries out its responsibilities.

The role of the SEND governor/trustee

  • This module will assist you carry out your duties as the governor or trustee responsible for special educational needs and disability in your school
  • It will provide you with factual information that will enable you to support your school in achieving high expectations and good outcomes for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disability.

Early years education 

  • The module is designed to help members of governing boards fulfil their statutory duties in relation to the provision of Early Years education in their school.
  • It will give you a clear picture of current Early Years provision and its development and directed access to a wide range of sources useful to those who govern in schools with Early Years pupils.

Ofsted inspections of schools 

  • Have an overview of the school inspection process and what Ofsted requires of the school and governing board
  • Have greater awareness of the evidence on which inspectors base their judgements
  • Be aware of the implications for schools and governing boards
  • Have a better understanding of the criteria by which the effectiveness of the governing board will be judged
  • Be better enabled to ask appropriate questions of the headteacher and senior staff, as part of holding them to account

Understanding school finance

  • This module explores how local authorities are funded for schools
  • How schools are funded by the local authority
  • The schools funding formula
  • The role of the schools' forum setting schools' budgets
  • good financial management practice
  • medium term financial planning
  • levels of schools balances
  • additional sources of funding

Managing academy finance

  • Completion of this module will provide you with a better understanding of academy finances, with a clearer knowledge of the different levels of responsibility and accountability involved.
  • You will recognise the need for clear procedures relating to financial management and have a raised awareness of the need for a rigorous and systematic approach to monitoring and evaluating the use of your academy trust's finances.

 

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