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Governor Training Programme - Autumn Term 2021

Please note that this term training will, once again, be carried out virtually via ‘TEAMS’. It is, therefore, essential that you book onto any course you wish to attend in order that the joining link can be sent out to you.

How to make a booking

Please email governors@npt.gov.uk OR Telephone 01639 763600 and you will be emailed a link inviting you to join the course.

For courses provided by the City & County of Swansea, please email: schoolgovernorunit@swansea.gov.uk
OR
telephone 01792 636550.

Please remember when signing the attendance sheet at a Swansea run event to clearly state you are a Neath Port Talbot Governor to ensure the information is passed across and your training record updated.

Feedback

All training evaluation forms are read and individual course content and relevance is reviewed based upon the comments provided so please take the time at the end of the training session to complete the form. As always these comments are always welcome and taken fully on-board.

This last academic year, 2020 – 2021, saw an the highest number of governors attending training sessions – all via TEAMS. Whilst I understand that a number of governors are looking forward to the return of face to face training sessions this will only occur when it is safe and Welsh Government guidance allows.

Governor Induction - Mandatory Training (repeat event)

If you are a newly elected or appointed governor, it is a mandatory requirement of Welsh Government that you attend for induction training within one year of your appointment or election. Failure to attend within this time limit will mean an automatic suspension as a governor.

Induction training for governors is vital to understand the role and the parameters of responsibilities that come with the position. The induction training will help ensure that as a new governor you have the necessary knowledge and understanding to fulfil the role effectively to support the school in raising standards. The session will develop your confidence to enable you to take a full and active part in the role of the governing body. The training will reflect the legislative framework for school governance in Wales and will focus on what should be expected from governors in meeting their legal requirements. It will also explain a governor’s strategic role and how this supports and challenges the work of the school and the senior leadership team; your role in setting policies and targets and how these should be monitored and evaluated and how and to whom governors are accountable.

Target audience: All newly elected or appointed governors who have not previously attended this mandatory course.

Course provider: Neath Port Talbot: Mrs. Kathryn Gilbert, Principal School Governance Officer

Date Time Location
Monday 6 December 2021 6.00pm - 8.00pm Virtually via Teams

Understanding Data (Primary Schools - repeat event)

This training session is mandatory by Welsh Government and requires all governors to attend within one year of appointment or election. Failure to attend within this time limit will mean an automatic suspension as a governor.

This session will help develop your understanding of the data which is now routinely provided to schools and how to use the data to improve school performance. Being able to analyse school performance data and drill down to the core information will enable governors to make comparisons and benchmark how your school is performing compared with other schools in similar circumstances.

Learning about school data and understanding what it means for your school and what needs to be done to raise standards should give you the confidence to ask challenging questions of the headteacher and school leadership team in order to improve performance and pupil attainment.

One of the sessions will specifically be tailored towards secondary school data; however, governors are welcome to attend any of the listed events.

Target audience: All governors not previously attended this mandatory session.

Courser provider: Neath Port Talbot Challenge Advisers

Date Time Location
Tuesday 23rd November 2021 2.00pm - 3.30pm Virtually via Teams

An Introduction to Trauma Informed Processes (new event)

This training will help enable participants to understand the impact of trauma on children and young people, how this can present in the classroom and how to develop trauma informed approaches in schools which support a whole school approach.

Target audience: All governors

Course provider: The Wellbeing Team

Date Time Location
Thursday 2nd December 2021 6.00pm - 8.00pm Virtually via Teams

Chair & Vice Chair Termly Meeting with the Education Senior Management Team (repeat event)

On a termly basis, the senior management team of the education directorate meet with chairs and vice-chairs to discuss and share national and local educational issues. In addition, at each meeting an opportunity is used to provide a bespoke short training and information session on a particular and relevant topic.
These meetings are an important vehicle of communication between the authority and governing bodies and are generally well attended.

Target audience: All NPT Chairs and Vice Chairs of Governors

Course provider: Education Senior Management Team

Date Time Location
Monday 15th November 2021 6.00pm - 8.00pm Virtually via Teams

Additional Learning Needs Reform (repeat event)

In 2018 the Welsh Government introduced The Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (ALNET)(Wales) Act 2018, which provides for a new statutory framework for supporting children and young people with Additional Learning Needs (ALN) from birth, while they are in school and through to further education (0-25 years). The Welsh Government describes this new legislation as an ‘ambitious law to create a bold new approach’ and ‘a complete overhaul’ of the way children and young people’s learning needs are met in Wales.

The Act forms part of a wholescale change to providing for children and young people with ALN and the new framework it creates will replace the separate legislation and arrangements which currently exist for pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN) up to age 16.

Target audience: All governors with an interest in the reform of ALN but particularly those governors with an ALN role within their school

Course provider: Mrs. Hayley Lervy, Co-Ordinator - Support for Inclusion

Date Time Location
Thursday 25th November 2021 6.00pm - 8.00pm Virtually via Teams

Clerks to the Governing Body - Training for New Clerks (repeat event)

The clerk to a governing body has a vital role to play in the running of a school as through his/her organisational skills a clerk can help governors have a meaningful input into the school’s improvement.

Since the implementation of mandatory training for clerks in September, 2013, all clerks are required to have both attended and understood the training session to a sufficient standard within a one year period of the legislation being introduced or appointed as a new clerk. This session considers the make-up of governing bodies and their powers, and the statutory duties of the clerk. To ensure compliance with the mandatory requirements and assess that clerks have achieved the required level of competency from the training, there will be a short assessment the end of the session in the form of an individual written quiz or Q&A session.

Target audience: All clerks but especially new clerks who have yet to complete their mandatory training

Course provider: Mrs. Kathryn Gilbert, Principal Schools Governance Officer

Date Time Location
Thursday 18th November 2021 10.00am - 12 noon Virtually via Teams

School Development Plan (repeat event)

From 1st September, 2015 it became a legal requirement for all schools to have in place and publish a School Development Plan.

The School Development Plan is the school’s strategic plan for improvement. It sets out the actions a school will take to improve learner outcomes. A School Development Plan will be informed by the regular self-evaluation a school undertakes of its own performance and contextual data, and will contain the school’s improvement priorities together with the short and longer-term targets.

Estyn inspectors will use the School Development Plan, school’s self-evaluation report and other information to identify and formulate lines of enquiry during an inspection. This essential information will assist the inspection team to choose evidence to sample in order to verify the accuracy of the school’s judgements.

This session will outline to governors what the main aspects of a School Development Plan are, what areas should be included and the timescale involved.

Target audience: All governors

Course provider: Mike Daley & Andrew Herbert - Education Support Officers

Date Time Location
Tuesday 30th November 2021 6.00pm - 7.30pm Virtually via Teams