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Developing Strong Leadership in the Governing Body

Exploring the strategic role that headteachers and governors carry out in partnership

Course Reference: 40051WW
Price: Call 020 8253 8241 or click 'Enquire'
Timings: 10am - 4pm Enquire Now
The common feature of exceptionally well-led schools is that they all have strong and involved governing bodies and chairs of governors who make a major contribution to school strategies. Ofsted’s focus on the impact of leadership and management shows that the development of strong partnerships, based on support and challenge, between the headteachers and governors is something that schools should plan for and approach as strategically as they would when developing the curriculum.
  • Learn how to use the twenty questions ( All Party Parliamentary Group on Education Governance and Leadership — 2nd Edition 2015)
  • Confidently and assertively answer the questions Ofsted inspectors will ask of governors when evaluation the effectiveness of governance
  • Learn how to implement the new guide to strategic planning for school governors and trustees (Framework for School Governance; NGA and Welcome Trust)
  • Meet Ofsted’s ‘outstanding’ judgements about the effectiveness of leadership and management


Strategic insight — the twenty questions

  • A practical session in governor self-evaluation
  • Explore the features of effective governance and the typical characteristics governing bodies that render them less effective
  • Learn how to build effective and strategic partnerships that contribute strongly to school improvement

Strategic vision — create a strategic vision for leadership

  • Develop the future vision for strategic partnerships between governors, senior leaders and the school
  • Write a vision statement based on self-evaluation
  • Devise strategies for disseminating and engaging other in the vision — creating shared ownership and sense of purpose

Strategic ideas — create a 2-5 year development plan for leadership

  • Create a development plan for governance — a strategic roadmap to highly effective governance
  • Identify key strategic themes and write long-term strategies for each theme
  • Devise strategies for implementing the development plan, and for sticking to timescales

Ofsted judgement — is our governing body effective, confident and strong enough

  • A practical session in learning how to confidently, and assertively, answer inspectors’ questions about the effectiveness of governance
  • Evaluate the framework for school governance — does implementing it enable governing bodies to meet Ofsted’s requirements for outstanding governance?
  • Evaluate the strategic vision and development plans — would they enable governing bodies to meet Ofsted’s requirements for outstanding governance
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