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Governor training

Below is the confirmed governor training programme. 

All sessions will be conducted on MS Teams and the link to the meeting is also shown.  If you would like guidance on using teams please contact us.

All attendees must register prior to the training and will be asked to provide their name, role and email address upon booking. Any applicants from non-Buckinghamshire schools will be removed from the training and will not receive documentation.

Summer 2021

All sessions start at 6.30pm and will last approximately 1 hour. Click on the links below to register your place on Eventbrite. You will receive an email to confirm your booking, if not contact schoolgovernance@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

All events are conducted via MS Teams, please ensure the device you plan to use is compatible.

  • 27th April - Internet Safety - Alison Watts, Prevent Education Officer 
    • The presentation covers new and emerging technologies that children and young people use, the potential risks they may face and easy technical and lifestyle solutions which can be employed to help keep children and young people safe.
  • 5th May - Monitoring the Single Central Record - Pat Stappard, former HR Safeguarding Consultant
    • This will give an overview of what is and what is not required to be recorded in the SCR.  Pat Stappard, former HR Safeguarding Consultant will provide an up-to-date view regarding the current guidance for requirements for schools' Single Central Records.  This is an opportunity to ensure this aspect of safeguarding in your school is robust.
  • 13th May - Prevent Duty - Guidance for Governors - Alison Watts, Prevent Education Officer
    • Prevent is one of the key elements of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy and it aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. While it remains rare for children and young people to become involved in terrorist activity, young people from an early age can be exposed to terrorist and extremist influences or prejudiced views. As with other forms of safeguarding strategies, early intervention is always preferable.
    • Schools working with other local partners, families and communities, have a duty of care to their pupils and staff which includes safeguarding them from the risk of being drawn into terrorism.
    • This presentation covers what extremism is, the current climate, how extremists are using Covid to promote their narrative and how Prevent and Channel work in Buckinghamshire.
  • 18th May - The role of the SEND Governor - Hero Slinn, Head of Integrated SEND
    • The SEND Governor is the Governing Body’s champion for Learners with SEND and those with inclusion needs. Guidance will be provided to ensure that your role supports the school in fulfilling its duties to children with SEND. This is an introduction to the role, requirements for support and challenge of the SENCo, some background to legislation, needs, provision and funding
  • 26th May - Embedding Equality and Diversity in Your School - Yvette Thomas, Equalities and School Improvement Manager
    • Buckinghamshire Council, promoting equality and avoiding discrimination, supports the key educational agenda of improving attainment and progression for all pupils, opening up opportunities and increasing the chance of a successful life for every child.
    • The session will provide Equality Governors with the most recent guidance for schools in order to:
      • Be familiar with legislation and guidance (national and local) and ensure that governors are aware of their legal duties under Equality Legislation
      • Keep up to date with current responsibilities, attend any relevant training and facilitate any training needs of the Governing Body
      • Take the lead in championing equality, inclusion and community cohesion on the Governing Body
      • Participate in the monitoring of the schools arrangements for Equality, in liaison with the Headteacher/relevant member of staff
    • As the Equality Governor you will need to ask the “what, how and why” questions, in order to understand equality issues in your school and also to challenge, where appropriate.
  • 9th June - Educational Visits and Outdoor Learning - Mike Harwin, County Manager Advisor Educational Visits
    • up-to-date information regarding school trips.
      • To develop an understanding of the role of the School Governor in the approval process of educational visits.
      • To provide Governors with an overview of Bucks Council policies concerning educational visits.
      • To raise Governor awareness of educational visits and issues of responsibility and accountability.
  • 15th June - Preparing for the Ofsted Visit - Primary - Ralph Batten, Quality and Assurance Consultant, School Improvement.
    • Hear the latest updates and guidance regarding Ofsted visits and how you can ensure your school is prepared and supported.
  • 23rd June - Exclusions - Guidance for Governors - Bernadette Little & Rose Lindsay
    • This session talks you through your responsibilities as governors with regard exclusions from school. This is in line with the Exclusion from maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units in England Statutory guidance for those with legal responsibilities in relation to exclusion - dated September 2017. It will include the :
      • Head teacher’s power to exclude
      • Head teacher’s duty to inform parties about the exclusion
      • Governing board and local authorities duties to arrange education for excluded pupils
      • Governing board’s duty to consider an exclusion
      • Local authorities/academy trust’s duty to arrange an independent review panel
      • Governing board’s duty to reconsider reinstatement following a review
    • Note: There will be a pre- requirement for attendees to do some pre-reading prior to the session. Therefore you will need to be able to set aside time to undertake this as part of the training.
  • 29th June - Health & Safety - Caron Owens, Head of Health and Safety at Buckinghamshire Council.
    • A training event for Buckinghamshire school Governors in Health and Safety
  • 6th July - Preparing for the Ofsted Visit Secondary - Georgina Masefield, Buckinghamshire Council School Improvement Adviser (Secondary)
    • An opportunity to learn more about what is involved in a visit from Ofsted and how you can support your school. Hear the latest updates and guidance regarding Ofsted visits and how you can ensure your school is prepared and supported
  • 14th July - The Role of the PSHE Governor - Carol Stottor,  Public Health PSHE Lead
    • An opportunity for Buckinghamshire Governors to hear details of the statutory provision of PSHE in the curriculum and is suitable for primary and secondary schools.

 

Managing Allegations Training

The recent training on Managing Allegations against People Working and Volunteering with Children was very well received.  You can see the presentation and download the slides below:

 

Developing Relationships with the Senior Leadership Team

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