The programme is designed to give experienced governors/trustees a greater understanding of the elements that contribute to effective governance in a learning environment that recognises and builds on the experience that delegates bring.
Over three sessions the programme focusses on effective meetings, building and supporting a team, formulating and implementing a strategic school plan.
The first session focusses on board meetings, examining practical aspects including agenda setting, maintaining focus, timings along with broader issues of committee structures and the relationship between those committees and the full board.
The second session concentrates on the people around the table: their skills, knowledge, experience and training and the chair’s role in building the team.
In the final session delegates consider the wider educational context and the implications for the future plans for their schools. The session introduces techniques for structuring discussions about strategic direction that allow that allow boards to tackle emotive issues in a productive way.
This course maps to DfE Governance Competency Framework Section 1 – Strategic Leadership, Section 3 – People, and Section 4 – Structures