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Governance workload

Management of workload and wellbeing: the governance role


At a glance

Exploring the sorts of issues that many schools and trusts are facing, this bitesized module suggests practical approaches that governing boards can take to get workload and wellbeing management under control.

You will cover:

what the main issues related to workload are
the expectations of governing boards
some of the key factors that can lead to excessive staff workloads
what the board can do to reduce workloads
the resources available to assist boards, schools and trusts to manage workload effectively
Study time

15 minutes

Certificate upon completion

Module description

Is your governing board ensuring that the workload expectations of the senior executive leader and their staff team are reasonable? Is it taking steps to protect the wellbeing of staff?

In addition to meeting employer’s legal obligations, effective management of workload and wellbeing is essential for maintaining positive morale and productivity and critical to recruiting and retaining quality staff. And when Ofsted visits it will also want to see evidence of effective management and leadership.

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    • “Useful bitesize overview of some of the key issues and some useful advice and tips. Interesting and interactive.”

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      Who developed this module?

      Paul Aber
      Paul Aber

      Head of Training Development

      Paul leads and manages NGA’s face-to-face training, e-learning and development programmes. This includes recruiting, training and managing NGA’s team of consultants and trainers. Paul has many years’ experience of governance, including in maintained schools and academy trusts.

      Michael Barton
      Michael Barton

      Trust Governance Specialist and South West Regional Officer

      Michael specialises in trust governance, co-ordinating NGA's work with multi-academy trusts and producing tailored resources. He also leads NGA's work in the West Midlands, working closely with the region's trusts and local authorities.

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