Workshop list 2020-2021Bradford Teaching School Hub

As part of your package, your school will receive 24 places on 13 virtual face-to-face workshop sessions.

All sessions are informative, practical and focus on current challenges, best practice and how governance can be made more effective. Each session is interactive, will have no more than 20 participants and will be delivered via Zoom by one of our NGA consultants.  All NGA consultants have extensive experience of governance and governance development.  A copy of the materials used in the session will be made available to participants.

To apply for the Bradford Teaching Schools Hub (BTSH) and NGA governance support package:
Register here

For new governors and trustees

Introduction to governance - in a nutshell (Academy trusts)       

13 October 2020, 6.00pm – 7.15pm

This session provides an overview of the core governance functions and the strategic nature of the role of trustee and the responsibilities associated with it. It will also contrast the role of those working as part of the governance team at a local level and signpost core areas of knowledge required to undertake the role effectively.

To do this we will look at:

  • the role, responsibilities, and core functions of the board of trustees
  • trust structures and local academy committees (local governing bodies)
  • what it means to be strategic
  • what you need to know about school funding and school performance
  • the principles of effective governance

There will be the opportunity for participants to participate in the session through polls and online question and answer. A copy of the materials used in the session will be made available to participants.

Clare CollinsThis session will be led by Clare Collins, NGA Head of Consultancy Clare has extensive experience of maintained school and academy trust governance. She also has many years’ experience of governing body development including training those new to governing in trusts.

       

 

 

Introduction to governance - in a nutshell (Local authority maintained)

15 October 2020, 6.00pm – 7.15pm

This session provides an overview of the core governance functions and the strategic nature of the role of governor in a LA maintained school or federation and the responsibilities associated with it. It also signposts core areas of knowledge required to undertake the role effectively.

The session will cover:

  • school types, structures, the role, responsibilities, and core functions of the governing body
  • what it means to be strategic
  • what you need to know about school funding and school performance
  • the principles of effective governance

There will be the opportunity for participants to participate in the session through polls and online question and answer. A copy of the materials used in the session will be made available to participants.

Clare Collins

This session will be led by Clare Collins, NGA Head of Consultancy Clare has extensive experience of maintained school and academy trust governance. She also has many years’ experience of governing body development including training those new to governing in LA maintained schools.       

 

       

                      

Being strategic   

Governing in COVID-19 times:  preparing for the next stage

22 October 2020, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

From September 2020, schools are expected to be fully functioning, with controls in place to manage coronavirus risks. All those governing and their SLTs will be aiming to do their best to reduce the impact of COVID-19 for all pupils and to meet the needs of those pupils who will have been most affected by the pandemic.
This session will cover key areas for governance: what is currently expected of schools and trusts; impact on short, medium and longer- term planning; board assurance on key issues such as pupil and staff welfare, pupil performance and financial sustainability.

At the end of this session, participants will understand what is expected of boards in terms of:

  • being up to date with what is expected of schools and trusts
  • the impact of the lockdown and social distancing on short, medium- and longer-term planning
  • seeking assurance on key issues such as pupil and staff welfare, pupil performance, financial sustainability

This virtual face to face workshop will be interactive with the opportunity for participants to talk and work together and to participate through polls and online question and answer. A copy of the materials used in the session will be made available to participants.

Anthony MuganThe workshop will be led by Anthony Mugan, an NGA Consultant with extensive experience of governance and governance development in all settings.

 

 

       

Managing risk

26 November 2020, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

COVID-19 serves as a continuing reminder to all boards of the need for effective risk management. It is a requirement for academy trusts, but all school organisations should understand risk and have systems for managing risk. At the end of this session, participants will be in a position to start the process of ensuring that the governing board’s role in managing risk becomes a routine and secure aspect of their governance role.

This workshop will cover:

  • the concept of risk and its management
  • the types of risk relevant to schools and trusts
  • identifying and quantifying risk
  • barriers and challenges to managing risk
  •  the governing board’s role

This virtual face to face workshop will be interactive with the opportunity for participants to talk and work together and to participate through polls and online question and answer. A copy of the materials used in the session will be made available to participants.

Judith RutherfordThe workshop will be led by Judith Rutherford, an NGA Consultant with considerable experience of governance and governance development in all settings. Judith is a qualified chartered accountant and has had a successful career in audit and risk management.

 

 


 

Holding to account                             

Appraisal and performance management

5 November 2020, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Performance management of the senior executive leader is a key task which must be done well to ensure that strategy is implemented, and outcomes are met. The board must also be assured that the performance management system in the school or trust is effective.
This workshop will develop a clear understanding of expectations for effective appraisal and performance management and the knowledge, skills and confidence to carry this out effectively.

This workshop will cover:

  • performance management and the principles of appraisal
  • the role and legal duties of those governing
  • how to make recommendations on performance related pay
  • setting meaningful objectives for the senior executive leader
  • reviewing progress and the use of appropriate information sources
  • driving school improvement
  • best practice monitoring

The workshop will be interactive with the opportunity for participants to talk and work together and to participate through polls and online question and answer. A copy of the materials used in the session will be made available to participants.

David WerryThe session will be led by David Werry, an NGA Consultant with considerable experience of governance and governance development in all settings.

 

 

 

Safeguarding    

12 November 2020, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

It is critically important that governors and trustees have an understanding of how pupils are kept safe when at school. This aspect of their role matters not least because parents and carers entrust their children to the school, but also because the governing board must be able to assure that the school is complying with statutory requirements and best practice. At the end of this session, participants will have an understanding of the theory and practice of safeguarding, and the governing board’s role in keeping pupils safe.

The workshop will cover:

  •  what safeguarding is
  •  the statutory responsibilities and what is expected by Ofsted 
  • how schools keep children safe
  • the governing board’s role in relation to safeguarding duties
  • how to understand the strengths and weaknesses of safeguarding and how to evidence impact

This virtual face to face workshop will be interactive with the opportunity for participants to talk and work together and to participate through polls and online question and answer. A copy of the materials used in the session will be made available to participants.

Monica JuanThis session will be led by Monica Juan, an NGA Consultant. Monica has extensive experience of maintained school and academy trust governance including governance professional lead roles in local authority and multi academy trust settings. She has many years’ experience of training and development, with expertise in safeguarding, and is an accredited trainer with the Lucy Faithful Foundation.

 

 

Academies Financial Handbook - key changes and implications overview

19 November 2020, 6.00pm – 7.15pm

A new edition of The Academies Financial Handbook came into effect on 1st September 2020. Trustees, clerks and other governance professionals involved in the governance of academy trusts will need to be fully aware of and understand the changes and the implications
of these to be able to ensure that they and their trust(s) are compliant.

This workshop will:

  • highlight key changes introduced by the new handbook
  • outline the implications of these changes for those involved in governance of academy trusts
  • identify some key actions

There will be the opportunity for participants to participate in the session through polls and online question and answer. A copy of the materials used in the session will be made available to participants.

Diane MossThe session will be led by Diane Moss, an NGA Consultant with considerable experience of academy trust governance and board development. Diane worked with government, developing and working with ministers to deliver tax changes.

 

 

An introduction to using pupil performance data effectively

21 January 2021, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

There is now a wealth of data sources that governors and trustees need to be aware of. They also need to be cognisant of the extent to which the data can be analysed, as well as other means by which governors and trustees can get to know their school. This workshop will clarify the range of resources available to those governing, the key measures that they need to be familiar with and how they can use this knowledge effectively to feed into their core function of holding the organisation to account.

This workshop will cover:

  • the current context for governance
  • COVID-19 implications
  • what is expected of governors, trustees and their boards 
  • relevant information sources and the need for triangulation data by key stage
  • key internal and external data sources for monitoring progress and attainment 
  • using data effectively in school

This virtual face to face workshop will be interactive with the opportunity for participants to talk and work together and to participate through polls and online question and answer. A copy of the materials used in the session will be made available to participants.

Anthony MuganThe workshop will be led by Anthony Mugan, an NGA Consultant with extensive experience of governance and governance development in all settings. Through his career roles as a teacher, in research and information management Anthony has developed particular expertise in training and support for the effective use of information and data in schools. Anthony understands the challenges that those governing face in understanding how to use data well.            


 

Ofsted Inspection: What the board needs to know

28 January 2021, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

The prospect of an Ofsted inspection is daunting for everyone, not least for the governing board members and others involved in governance who will meet with inspectors and be expected to
answer questions about the effectiveness of governance and school or trust leadership. At the end of this session, participants should be confident about what Ofsted expects, what they as governors or trustees need to know, and how the inspection process works.

This workshop will cover:

  • the changes introduced by the September 2019 Ofsted inspection framework
  • learning what Ofsted expects from those governing
  • any changes to Ofsted practice arising from COVID-19
  • exploring what ‘knowing your school or trust’ means
  • understanding the inspection process
  • being prepared for the Ofsted visit
  • identifying any issues that need to be addressed prior to the inspection

This virtual face to face workshop will be interactive with the opportunity for participants to talk and work together and to participate through polls and online question and answer. A copy of the materials used in the session will be made available to participants.

David WalkerThe workshop will be led by David Walker, an NGA Consultant with extensive experience of governance in all settings, including in Ofsted preparation. David has worked with various governing boards and has extensive experience in the coaching and development of organisations and individuals to achieve their full potential.

 

 

Panel work - reviewing decisions made by the senior executive leader – exclusions

4 February 2021, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Sitting on a formal panel is a daunting prospect for governors, trustees, and academy committee members; being required to attend a panel can be equally daunting for senior executive leaders. This workshop includes a walkthrough of a panel reviewing the headteacher’s decision to permanently exclude a pupil. At the end of this session, participants should have a clear picture of the guidance and policies they will need to be aware of and be confident that they will be able to navigate the process and make sound decisions.

This workshop will cover:

  •  why panels are needed 
  • principles and starting points
  • judicial method
  •  the panel hearing 

 This virtual face to face workshop will be interactive with the opportunity for participants to talk and work together and to participate through polls and online question and answer. A copy of the materials used in the session will be made available to participants.

Richard TyndallThe workshop will be led by Richard Tyndall, an NGA Consultant with many years’ experience of governance and governance development in all settings.                                   

 


      

Question and challenge and courageous conversations

18 March 2021, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Are you and your board confident in tackling underperformance and creating accountability in a constructive way? Do you ask the right questions in the right way? This workshop provides the
opportunity for participants to evaluate their current approach and develop the skills and confidence to ask suitable probing questions, challenge proportionately and to know when and how to hold a courageous conversation.

This workshop covers;

  • competencies expected of you and your board
  • choosing what type of question to use
  • effective questioning
  • question and challenge in practice - possible scenarios
  • when and how to escalate an issue
  • courageous conversations
  • when and how to follow up

This virtual face to face workshop will be interactive with the opportunity for participants to talk and work together and to participate through polls and online question and answer. A copy of the materials used in the session will be made available to participants.

Paul AberThe workshop will be led by Paul Aber, NGA Head of Training Development. Paul has many years’ experience of governance and governance development and training in a wide range of different settings. Paul practised as a solicitor in London before a successful career in professional legal education.

 

 

Effective governance visits

6 May 2021, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Knowing one’s school organisation is crucially important for good governance; governor and trustee visits are a key element of this. This workshop provides an understanding of the rationale for visits and practical guidance to ensure the visits are purposeful, effective and contribute towards school improvement. Getting it right also means knowing what not to do and the workshop will explore some of the barriers and pitfalls to watch out for.

This workshop will cover:

  • why visits matter
  • identifying the purpose for visits
  • linking visits to strategy
  • establishing a framework for effective visits: policies and protocols
  • planning and conducting visits
  • COVID-19 implications
  • reporting and follow up
  • reflecting on impact

This virtual face to face workshop will be interactive with the opportunity for participants to talk and work together and to participate through polls and online question and answer. A copy of the materials used in the session will be made available to participants.

Richard TyndallThe workshop will be led by Richard Tyndall, an NGA Consultant with many years’ experience of governance and governance development in all settings.                               

 

 

Managing complaints effectively: the governance role  

10 June 2021, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Complaints can, particularly if poorly handled, have extremely negative consequences for the board and the school or trust. Sitting on a formal panel is a daunting prospect for governors, trustees and academy committee members; being required to attend a panel
can be equally daunting for senior executive leaders, other staff and parents. This session includes a walkthrough of a panel reviewing an appeal of an initial complaint decision. It also includes consideration of why complaints are managed badly and what actions can be taken by the board to improve the management of complaints. At the end of this session, participants should have a clear picture of the guidance and policies they will need to be aware of and be confident that they will be able to navigate the process and make sound decisions.

This workshop will cover:

  • why panels are needed
  • an outline of the regulatory requirements for complaints
  • principles and starting points
  • judicial method
  • the panel hearing
  • common reasons for ineffective management
  • actions to improve complaints management

This virtual face to face workshop will be interactive with the opportunity for participants to talk and work together and to participate through polls and online question and answer. A copy of the materials used in the session will be made available to participants.

Richard TyndallThe workshop will be led by Richard Tyndall, an NGA Consultant with many years’ experience of governance and governance development in all settings.

 

 

 

To apply for the Bradford Teaching Schools Hub (BTSH) and NGA governance support package:
Register here

To learn more about the Bradford packages please contact: consultancy@nga.org.uk
or call: 0121 237 3780 (Option 5)

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