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All Schools September 2006 REPORT OF THE CORPORATE DIRECTOR FAMILY SERVICES: GOVERNOR TRAINING 1. Purpose of the Report 1.1 The purpose of the report is to provide an overview of the governor training, which is being offered by the LA during the school year 2006- 2007, and to help you and your governing body to plan your involvement in training and development over the year. The following are attached to assist you in this: A summary of courses to be offered this school year; and A table showing the focus of the courses. 1.2 Details of all courses and booking forms are included in the booklet “Governor Training and Support Services Programme 2006/2007” which has been sent to you this month. Please note, especially, the courses on Financial Management Standards in Schools (FMSiS) and Attainment Data. 1.3 If you have any comments on the programme, they can be fed back to the LA via Training Link Governor meetings. There will be one meeting each term, with the first taking place on Wednesday, 11 October. 2. Features of the 2006 – 2007 Programme 2.1 All secondary schools need to comply with the new Financial Management Standards in Schools (FMSiS) by March 2007, larger primary schools by 2008, and smaller primaries and special schools by 2009. A course to help you to increase your understanding of these standards and the requirements they place on schools and governing bodies has been organised on Thursday, 2 November at Wakefield Town Hall, 7 – 9 p.m. 2.2 A key focus of the new OfSTED Inspection Framework is monitoring, evaluation and self-review. Details of relevant courses are as follows: Inspection Under the 2005 Framework: Monday, 2 October or Monday, 22 January; and Governors and Self-Evaluation: Wednesday, 29 November (a daytime course) or Thursday, 25 January. 2.3 The courses on Attainment Data, [22 November (secondary schools) and 30 November (primary schools)] will enable you to increase your understanding of how to interpret the different sources of information for your school evaluation, as well as providing information on “raise online”, a new tool that enables attainment data to be accessed on line. 2.4 The Governors’ Forums are held in partnership with Wakefield Association of School Governors (WASG). They will begin with a briefing from the LA on a current issue and provide an opportunity for discussion and feedback; they will be followed by a meeting of the association. The first briefing will be on the new arrangements in relation to School Improvement Partners (SIPs). 2.5 There are more daytime courses this school year. 3. Courses in Addition to the Published Programme 3.1 Performance Management New regulations on performance management are due to be introduced from September 2006. These are statutory and will affect the performance management of all teachers and headteachers. A series of briefings will be held this term to give an overview of the new regulations and their main implications and details will be sent to governing bodies as soon as arrangements are finalised. The briefings will be open to all governors, but will be of particular relevance to headteachers, chairs of governors and to governors who are involved in the performance management of the headteacher. 3.2 Promoting Disability Equality in Secondary Schools Under the 2005 Disability Discrimination Amendment Act, all maintained secondary schools must have a Disability Equality Scheme in place by 4 December 2006. A training session has been organised for Monday, 25 September 9.00 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. at the Mining Museum. This will provide you with information, advice and guidance needed for you to prepare your Disability Equality Scheme. Two places have been reserved for each secondary school within the district. It is strongly recommended that a member of the Senior Leadership Team and the chair of governors, or a nominated governor who is not employed at the school, attend. Chairs of governors have been sent details of this course. Please contact Julie Spruce on 01924 305502 or email: email@example.com to book a place. 3.3 Visits to Schools A number of schools have volunteered to host visits by governors during the daytime. We are in the process of arranging some visits for the Autumn Term. If you are interested in this, please let us know. We shall notify you once arrangements have been finalised. 3.4 Annual Governors’ Conference - Governing Schools of the Future - Saturday, 11 November 2006 The Annual Governors’ Conference - Governing Schools of the Future, will take place at Woolley Hall on Saturday, 11 November 2006. We are now taking bookings. If you do not have a booking form or would like further information, please contact Ann Weller, School Governor Services (01924 305641). 4. Bespoke Governor Training 4.1 Bespoke courses are arranged for individual governing bodies, clusters or pyramids. They are particularly useful where the whole governing body wishes to receive training on a specific topic or where governors have difficulties in reaching the venues for programme courses. 4.2 Governing bodies interested in organising a bespoke training course should ask their Headteacher or Training Link Governor to contact Liz Elliott on 01924 305661. 4.3 In the light of OfSTED expectations, the LA is particularly keen that governing bodies should consider training on Monitoring, Evaluation and Self-Review and Attainment Data. If your governing body would like training on data it would be helpful if members would consider joining with another school(s) or opening the training up to the pyramid. There would still be opportunity within the training for schools to consider their own PANDA. 4.4 Courses on Extended Schools, Pupil Exclusions, Children in Care and Disability Discrimination Act are particularly suitable for pyramid courses. 5. Induction of New Governors Research indicates that an induction process for and training of new entrants helps them to adapt more quickly to their role and increases retention rates. The Governor Training and Support Advisory Group suggests that governing bodies should encourage new members to attend the New Governors’ Course and then, at least, one other training session per year. A checklist and induction guidance is available at http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/Education/Schools/Governors/GuidanceAnd Info/otherguidance.htm 6. BTEC Advanced Certificate in School Governance 6.1 A number of Wakefield governors have successfully completed the BTEC Advanced Certificate in School Governance Course and have been awarded the qualification. All who have taken part report that they are more confident about being a governor and feel more effective in their role. 6.2 We are now recruiting a new cohort of governors to embark on the award in January 2007. If you are interested in finding out more about the BTEC course, please contact Liz Elliott on 01924 305661. 7. Further Information/Clarification 7.1 If you have any queries, please telephone Liz Elliott on 01924 305661 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 8. Recommendation The Governing Body is recommended to: (a) note the content of the report; and (b) plan Governors’ involvement in training and development during the current term for the coming year.
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