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Leading governance: development for Chairs

This specialist programme helps current and aspiring chairs to develop their skills in delivering effective leadership.

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At a glance

This programme will include:

Three virtual face-to-face sessions

Around leadership development

Varied learning

Including access to e-learning modules and resources

Action learning sets

To embed your learning

Learning from others

Peer-to-peer support groups

The chance to extend your learning

With a 360 review and professional mentoring

Additional learning opportunities

You can complement and extend your learning by purchasing add-ons during this programme:

  • A 360 review to highlight strengths and areas for development, with a repeat review at the end of the programme and a comparator report to demonstrate impact. The review will be appropriate for your role, whether you are a chair, vice-chair or aspiring chair. The 360 review can be carried out within a 12-month period.
  • Mentoring from an NGA consultant, via phone or a virtual face-to-face platform, with individual support and advice tailored to you.

About this programme

To be alerted when new course dates are scheduled, please register your interest here.

  • Governors of a maintained school or federation
  • Trustees of a single or multi academy trust board
  • Members of an academy committee (often known as a local governing body)

This programme aims to ensure effective governance by:

  • developing your knowledge, leadership skills and networks
  • enhancing your awareness of your own 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
  • A comprehensive Participant Handbook, NGA's The Chairs' Handbook and access to Learning Link will be provided in advance of the first session
  • The programme offers a blend of flexible learning delivered at a sensible pace for busy chairs
  • It comprises three 2.5-hour workshops led by experienced NGA consultants, with a focus on leading the governing board, delivering effective governance and leading school improvement
  • The programme differentiates between those governing in a maintained or single school and those working at trust board level. Please choose the cohort which best suits your governance role
  • Discussion, debate and networking are an important part of the workshops. Because it is run virtually, this programme enables you to network with governors and trustees from all over England

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.

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 the 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 the 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 organisation
  • be able to assess your own effectiveness, to problem-solve, and to create and sustain your own networks

Date

Activity

25 September 2024
18:30-21:00

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

20 November 2024
18:30-21:00

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

22 January 2025
18:30-21:00

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

Dates may be subject to change.

Book your place

Date

Activity

25 September 2024
18:30-21:00

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

20 November 2024
18:30-21:00

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

22 January 2025
18:30-21:00

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

Dates may be subject to change.

Book your place

Date

Activity

8 October 2024
18:30-21:00

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

26 November 2024
18:30-21:00

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

4 February 2025
18:30-21:00

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

Dates may be subject to change.

Book your place

We are currently planning the upcoming cohorts for Leading Governance for MAT Trustees.

To be alerted when new course dates are scheduled, please register your interest here.

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)
  • The programme provided a sound platform to enable me to bring about positive change to our governing board. It enabled me to reflect and take appropriate action to strengthen my own knowledge and understanding of governance and that of the board.

  • An excellent programme that has raised my awareness of the roles and responsibilities of a chair and also given me tools to carry these out.

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