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This event is suitable for Ealing maintained schools and all other schools
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Event description

Online Training for new and recently appointed school governors

This course is in two parts, delivered via Zoom, each lasting between 90 – 120 minutes. It has been put together and will be led by governor trainer and consultant, Andrew Dodge, a school governor and chair himself, with experience in infant, primary, secondary and special schools, both maintained and academy.

As well as some presentation, these online sessions will endeavour to be interactive and include activities and group discussion. The content is structured around the Three Core Functions of school governance described in the DfE Governance Handbook and covers everything you need to know in order to “hit the ground running” and become an effective member of your governing body team.
You will gain all the essential information about schools and the education system including jargon-busting, types of school, categories of governor, the curriculum, assessment and Ofsted inspection. You will explore what governors do and, equally important, what they should not do, with tips on how to maintain a strategic focus and avoid getting involved in the day-to-day, operational running of the school.

Core Function 1 – Clarity of Vision, Ethos and Strategy includes values and vision, self-evaluation and improvement planning.

Core Function 2 – Holding the Headteacher to Account covers the headteacher’s report, interpreting data, advice on visiting the school and the sort of questions to ask when schools are operating normally. This session will also cover governors’ accountability during school closure and the essentials to focus on.

Core Function 3 – Overseeing the Financial Performance of the School explores how governors ensure public money is well spent.

You will learn about governors’ statutory duties and how to engage effectively with parents, pupils and staff.

Above all, the course should leave you motivated and inspired to contribute to your governing body thereby improving the education of the pupils at your school.

Part 1 Tuesday 20th April - 6:00-7:30pm
Part 2 Thursday 22nd April - 6:00-7:30pm 

More details on the virtual training access will follow once you have registered your place.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us

As a courtesy to your trainer and fellow delegates if you could please note the following that will be much appreciated:

  • Please do not share the online training link with others. Participants must register on for courses. Attendees who have not registered in advance, may not be admitted by the trainer. 

  • By joining this session you understand that your name, school and e mail will be shared with the trainer so they can allow you access to the online session 

  • Please make sure you can access the platform prior to the session i.e. Zoom 

  • Please join the session 5 minutes before the starting time. When you join the session, you will be placed in a waiting room until the trainer opens the meeting. The session will commence promptly.

  • If you are more than 5 minutes late to the session, it is at the trainers discretion whether they will admit you 

  • We understand at times participants may lose connection. Whilst the trainer will be mindful of this it may not be possible for you to re-join the meeting once it has started or there may be a delay.

We look forward to seeing you at this session. 

Training objectives

Course Objectives

•        To gain an overview of the education system and understand the new developments currently underway within it

•        To understand the main roles and responsibilities of a school governor, particularly in improving the school

•        To enable participants to contribute meaningfully and effectively to their school and governing body as quickly as possible

Target Group

New and recently appointed governors. 

Key stages
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Subject areas Governor training
Target audience Governors: All, Governors: Clerks
OFSTED areas Quality of leadership and management in the school
Professional Standards
Venue via Zoom (online), ., . map
Admin contact Mohid Hasham (
Event Commissioner Tina Birch (
Andrew Dodge
Course Costs
Standard cost£0.00
*Ealing Learning Partnership pay as you go£180.00
*Ealing Learning Partnership pay as you go£180.00
CPD/Training SLA£0.00
CPD/Training SLA£0.00
Start date Tuesday 20 April 2021
Times 18:00 - 19:30
Number of sessions This event has 2 sessions. Click here to view session information.