Noctua Teaching School Alliance

Following the recent announcement by the Secretary of State for Education, Noctua Teaching School has taken the decision to cancel face-to-face training until we feel it is safe to do so to ensure maximum staffing levels in schools during these unprecedented times. We are pleased to offer your schools remote training sessions. To book a place, click on the training tab.

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CourseGovernor Development Training
Led byBrian Beal
DetailsGood governance is key to the success of our schools, and with the educational landscape changing so rapidly, supporting and training our Governing Bodies has never been more vital. We are pleased to offer bespoke Governor Development training opportunities to all schools in our network. Our CPD facilitator Brian Beal, School Improvement Advisor, consultant with specific training and experience in issues of governance. It’s quite common to have to carry out a review of governance as a result of an Ofsted inspection report. So why not book a review before the inspection instead? Brian or one of our NLGs can devise tailored development sessions to address many aspects of current school governance, to be delivered at times and places to suit individual schools or local network requirements.

The options:
The constitution of Governing Bodies
Succession Planning for Governors
Possible follow-up discussion with governors / SLT to plan the detail of the review / self-review session (if agreed)
An initial discussion with the Chair and Headteacher to establish the context of the review, needs of the school and to identify key dates - is it in response to an Ofsted requirement, or in anticipation? Or at the school’s LA’s request?
Supported self-review session - includes summary feedback at the end of the meeting
Workshops on the Governors Handbook
Working with the Headteacher:
Behaviour and Discipline in Schools
Recruitment and retention of staff
The role of the Chair
Setting the Direction of the School, Vision, Accountability
How to Collaborate with other schools
Five Current Key Policy Issues
On-Line Responsibilities
Responses to Parents and Pupils
Draft report (for agreement with the Chair and Headteacher) to confirm strengths and areas for development.
Optional - draft action plan, or to work with the board to create one.

How it works:
Schools can choose from the options above to create a bespoke training programme to fit their Governing Bodies’ need. The school will pay a flat fee for the training and will then be responsible for liaising with Ed Lott on dates and hosting the training. Schools may invite other schools to join the training and share the cost where appropriate.

Costs will depend on the duration of training sessions and number of sessions required. As a guide, a one-off 3-hour twilight will cost £450. Alternatively, A review that includes the planning meeting, analysis of documentation, FGB facilitated self-review meeting and full report. The final report would be presented at a meeting to Chair / HT and others as determined at the planning meeting. Email for a quote on a two day package.

To book bespoke Governor training, please contact Andrea Taylor 01973 875050 Ext 2,
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