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Development for chairs of Single Academy Trusts, Autumn 2024 cohort

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  • Current or future chairs of a single academy trust board

This programme would suit those new to chairing or anticipating becoming chair shortly.

This programme aims to equip you to build effective governance in your trust by:

  • focusing on meeting the challenges typically faced by SAT chairs
  • developing your knowledge, leadership skills and networks with peers
  • enhancing your awareness of your strengths and areas for development
  • creating self-supporting groups to ensure learning continues beyond the programme
  • offering a system to problem-solve through action learning sets and other activities

A comprehensive Participant Handbook, NGA's The Chairs' Handbook and 12 months free subscription to Learning Link will be provided.

  • The programme offers a blend of flexible learning delivered at a sensible pace for busy chairs
  • It comprises three 2.5-hour small group workshops led by an experienced NGA consultant, with a focus on leading the board, delivering effective governance and leading school improvement
  • Discussion, debate and networking are an important part of the workshops. Because it is run virtually, this programme enables you to network with current and future SAT chairs from all over England

By the end of the programme, you will:

  • have a clear understanding of strategic leadership within the context of governance
  • know how to manage and build your team and your relationship with your senior executive leader
  • know how to plan for succession and other changes, and be able to lead and influence when required
  • be knowledgeable about governance structures, effective delegation, and how to work with your governance professional to best effect
  • understand the governance role in school improvement and be able to lead the board in effectively challenging the performance of the school
  • be able to assess your effectiveness, to problem-solve, and to create and sustain your networks

Dai Thomas delivers training, development and bespoke support for academy trust boards, including external reviews of governance. He has extensive experience in improving the effectiveness of governance in trusts, mentoring and coaching chairs and leading the board restructures. He has led academy conversions including those at the primary school where he was chair.  Dai has many years of experience of chairing in primary and secondary settings and is now a trustee of a multi academy trust on the South Coast.


Local cohorts

As we work with local partners across the country, we may also be able to facilitate local face-to-face cohorts. Please contact us directly to discuss this option.

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8 October 2024

Session 1: Leading governance
2.5 hour virtual face-to-face session

26 November 2024

Session 2: Delivering effective governance
2.5 hour virtual face-to-face session

4 February 2025

Session 3: Leading school improvement
2.5 hour virtual face-to-face session

Dates may be subject to change.

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Cost for members

£ 280
per participant
  • Add a 360 appraisal: £270

  • Add a mentor call: £105

or call

0121 237 3780
(option 4)

Cost for non-members

£ 300
per participant
  • Add a 360 appraisal: £310

  • Add a mentor call: £115

or call

0121 237 3780
(option 4)

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