Session impact

The success of any good governing board starts with the people around the table.

With a responsibility not just to the schools governed but also the pupils within them, all board members from the chair to the clerk need to have the right qualities and skills to govern effectively.

This session will look at how to build your board and what makes it a success.

The purpose of the session

The Department for Education’s (DfE) Governance Handbook makes it clear that all governing boards need ‘people with the right skills, experience, qualities and capacity’ to carry out the role effectively and this reflects our experience at the NGA. This means robust and transparent recruitment processes, active succession planning and the employment of a professional clerk to provide expert advice and guidance. 

The Competency Framework for Governance goes further, detailing the knowledge, skills and behaviours that governors and trustees need.  For many boards this is no small challenge; this session will give you practical guidance on sourcing, recruiting, inducting and retaining governors, trustees and your clerk.

 What will this session cover?

  1. Why governance matters
  2. The importance of having the right people round the table and the need for succession planning
  3.  How to find people to sit round the table
  4. Recruitment processes
  5. Induction and professional development
  6. Managing governance workload and recognising contributions
  7. The role of the clerk
  8. Next steps

Who should attend?

Governors, trustees and academy committee members

The clerk

The senior leadership team

How will the session work?

This is a two hour session

The session is suitable for governors and trustees from different schools or a single governing board

All NGA sessions are interactive and provide information, activities and opportunities for discussion, further reading and next steps

 For more information on any of our training programmes, please contact us below or phone 0121 237 3780.

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