As a new governor, you might be wondering how to start getting involved with the work of your governing board.
Induction is essential for all new governors to help understand their roles and responsibilities and effective boards should encourage everyone involved in governance, especially those new to the role, to make the most of the resources, guidance and training available to develop their knowledge and skills. Good induction can provide strategies and the basic knowledge to enable new governors to take an active role and make a
positive difference right from the start.
In a world where the education system and the expectation on governance is changing, existing governors wishing to update their governance may also find attendance beneficial.
East Sussex Children’s Service and the East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership (ESSCP) has set an expectation that the named safeguarding link governors attend, prior to or shortly after appointment, in-depth face to face training delivered by the East Sussex Governor and Clerking Services which will be updated every three years.
This session will provide safeguarding link governors with a refresher of the knowledge of how to work effectively with the school’s designated safeguarding lead (DSL) and ensure the governing body's responsibilities are being met.Essential Information
We will reference the government's Green Paper on developing a whole school approach to mental health and emotional wellbeing (MHEW) in schools and the newly produced 'Supporting children and young people in their mental health', distributed to all schools/colleges in April/May 2018.Essential Information
The voluntary nature of governance makes it important that governing boards conduct their business efficiently ro make the best use of
everyone's time. Professional clerking has a vital role to play in meeting the requierments of the governing board and a strong and effective working relationship between the clerk and the chair of governors is key to this.
This course aims to promote effective governance by bringing both parties together to explore:
Complaints are a part of everyday life. However, how they are handled and reviewed can lead to different outcomes! This course is intended to support schools and governing bodies in managing formal complaints received at the school.Essential Information
This course aims to provide new governors or governors new to school finance with an understanding of how schools are funded and the part the governing board plays in ensuring financial accountability.
One of the key responsibilities for governing boards is "Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of
the organisation and its pupils." The course aims to provide governors with a clear understanding of why governing boards should have a school visit schedule linked to the school’s Improvement Plan and how to be effective during the visit and in reporting the outcomes.
This is an opportunity for Chair's of Governors to attend a networking session facilitated by Karen Marr of the East Sussex Governors Forum (ESGF). This event will provide an opportunity for Chairs to network and discuss any topical issues related to being a Chair of a governing board.Essential Information
Professional clerking has a vital role to play in meeting the administrative and procedural requirements of boards and enabling efficient
and effective discussion and decision making.
The education sector can be a fast moving field, and you may find it tricky to stay on top of changes and statutory requirements. When considering the effectiveness of school governance, the role of the professional clerk cannot be underestimated and it is considered essential that clerks keep up to date with changes in the sector and identify good practice to make the most of the hours worked.
It is also recognised that the role can feel isolating when working independently of the school. The Area Network meetings give clerks the opportunity to network and share best practice with their colleagues.Essential Information