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This event is suitable for Ealing maintained schools and all other schools
Short URL https://governors.ealingcpd.org.uk/courses/bookings/c_detail.asp?cid=18858 
Event code SCH 21/444 
Event description

Event Introduction

Currently all school governing boards have an elected staff governor. School governing boards should operate collectively and effectively to enable significant positive impact on school improvement. All governors, including staff governors, therefore require a sound understanding of their role and responsibilities. Staff governors are elected by the school staff, generally for a term of office of four years.  Should they cease to work at the school during that period, they would need to step down from their position of staff governor.

Teaching and support staff who, at the time of election, are employed by either the governing board or the local authority to work at the school under a contract of employment are eligible to be a staff governor.

It is important that staff governors understand the nature of the role of a governor – and specifically that their role will not be to represent all staff, but to act as an individual, who is representative from the staff workforce. Staff Governors operate as part of the collective Governing Board to provide strategic leadership.

Event content

The role of a staff governor can be both challenging and rewarding and presents an excellent opportunity for the individual member of staff to contribute to the decisions that are made by the Governing Board as well as to build strong links between the Governing Board and the staff of the school. Experience of being a school governor is also very useful for any teachers who aspire to move into school leadership and management, it acts as a great professional development opportunity. 

This event will consist of a presentation plus a number of questions that will promote group discussion. The questions relate to common issues that can be encountered by staff governors. Sharing approaches raised in discussion significantly improves participant’s confidence in handling issues in school appropriately.

The session will cover the importance of the Governing Board as a whole together with analysing key factors that can impact the role of the Staff Governor including; dealing with complaints from parents and staff; handling issues raised by staff; distinguishing between the relationship with the Headteacher as a member of staff and as a staff governor; conflict of interest and handling confidential matters.

This training will be delivered by Angela Langford - Head of Governor Support, Achieving for Children (AfC).  Angela is responsible for covering all schools across both the London Borough of Richmond and Kingston.

Training objectives

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session staff governors will have:

• Explored and be able to explain the role of a school Governing Board and the role of individual governors, including any implications regarding staff governors.

• Secured an appreciation of the difference between school governance and school management and be able to describe the differences.

• Identified some effective approaches that could be taken to some of the issues that can be faced by staff governors.

This course will help governors to separate their role as an employee and as a staff governor.

Target Group

For all governors. Especially useful for staff governors themselves and those responsible for recruiting/ appointing/ inducting new governors

Subject areas Governor training
Target audience Governors: All
OFSTED areas Leadership and management
Professional Standards
Venue via Microsoft Teams (online), ., . map
Admin contact Stella Bernard (eec@ealing.gov.uk)
Event Commissioner Tina Birch (tbirch@ealing.gov.uk)
Course Costs
Standard cost£97.00
CPD/Training SLA£0.00
*Ealing Learning Partnership pay as you go£90.00
Start date Tuesday 15 March 2022
Times 16:30 - 18:00
Number of sessions 1