There are a number of DFE programmes available at the moment to support Chairs and Clerks of Governors. 

 

Governance leadership development programme

Who can apply

The programme is suitable for those in governance leadership roles, like chairs, vice chairs or committee chairs.

What’s involved

The governance leadership development programme offers you support and development as a governor, as you work with your board to increase the effectiveness of its governance.

It aims for:

  • increased capacity to improve the effectiveness of governing boards in line with the ‘Competency framework for governance’ (particularly boards’ ability to provide strategic leadership and data-driven accountability for educational standards and financial performance)

  • greater involvement of governance leaders in sustainable and relevant peer-to-peer support networks that enable encouragement, support and sharing good practice with one another

The format of the training will vary between different providers, but they are all required to ensure that you are supported and challenged:

  • to have an objective and fair assessment of your own and your board’s strengths and development needs, with reference to the ‘Governance handbook’ and the ‘Competency framework for governance’ and in light of the specific circumstances in which you are governing

  • to have agreed with your board an ambitious action plan for improving the effectiveness of its governance

  • to understand throughout, and at the conclusion of the programme, what progress you and your board have made towards your development needs and what development priorities remain

  • to take your learning back to your board and embed best practice

Costs

The DfE is funding this programme with £500 available for up to two participants for each eligible board.

Some may be eligible for a higher level of support, with up to £2,000 available to boards or local governing bodies (LGBs) that are:

  • designated as multi-academy trusts
  • federations governing 2 or more schools
  • governing a school that is located in an opportunity area and that is either rated by Ofsted as requires improvement, or is rated as good or outstanding but is identified as coasting
  • governing a school that is located in a category 5 or 6 local authority district and is rated by Ofsted as requires improvement
  • governing a school that is located in the Opportunity North East local authority districts and is rated by Ofsted as requires improvement

In most cases, there will be no, or minimal, cost to individual schools undertaking the leadership development programme.

 

Governance clerking development programme

Who can apply

All school, academy or trust board clerks, including new clerks, who are currently supporting one or more boards.

What’s involved

The clerking development programme aims for:

  • increased clerking expertise in line with the ‘Clerking competency framework’ to deliver professional quality clerking that ensures the efficient and effective functioning of governing boards

  • greater involvement by clerks in sustainable and relevant peer-to-peer support networks that enable encouragement, support and sharing good practice with one another

The format of the training will vary between the different providers, but they are all required to ensure that you are supported and challenged to:

  • have an objective and fair assessment of your own strengths and development needs, with reference to the ‘Governance handbook’ and the ‘Clerking competency framework’ and in light of the specific circumstances in which you provide clerking services

  • understand throughout and at the conclusion of the programme what progress you have made towards your development needs and what development priorities remain

Costs

The DfE is funding this programme, with £350 available for each eligible participant.

There may be a small cost to individuals or boards to complete the programme. Please check pricing structures and eligibility with individual providers.

The funding for eligible participants is paid directly to the provider and not to an individual school, MAT or federation they represent.

 

All information on how to apply can be found by following the link below. 

 

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