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Governor Services

Development Programme for Chairs and Aspiring Chairs

From the National College for School Leadership

This is an opportunity for Chairs and aspiring Chairs to develop their leadership skills, with a focus on school improvement outcomes. The framework provides a sound basis for effective governance.

Overview

This development programme is modular, consisting of three units. Each unit will take around 17 hours to complete.

The programme aims to act as a catalyst for change by providing access to an online diagnostic to guide your development. Following this, each unit consists of the following:

  • a face-to-face session providing opportunities to learn more about leadership and try out what you have learnt with others in a safe environment
  • school-based activities to deepen and extend your learning in your school
  • opportunities to reflect on leadership practice at each stage
  • access to a mentor to provide support, guidance and challenge
  • accessible and interactive resources
  • further reading to dig deeper.

Units cover the following areas of development:

  1. The role of the Chair
    • The chair as an effective leader
    • Responsibilities and limitations of the role
    • Developing a collaborative culture
  2. Effective Governance
    • Effective teamworking
    • Getting the most from your governing body
    • Succession planning
    • Leading governing body business
  3. School Improvement
    • Driving, and leading change for, school improvement
    • Developing the governing body

Candidates can complete the entire programme, or individual units if required.  It should be possible to complete the programme of three units in a single academic year.

We will encourage candidates to work closely with other governors throughout their development training and to understand that the ultimate measure of the effectiveness of their training is the impact it has on improving school performance.

 

About us

Hampshire County Council is the lead authority for license on behalf of the South East Coordinators of Governor Services (SECOGS). We are licensed to deliver the Development Programme for Chairs and Aspiring Chairs on behalf of the National College for School Leadership in conjunction with our delivery partners.

  • We have extensive experience working with governing bodies of all school types
  • We have an established reputation for delivering high quality, effective development programmes that have a direct impact on school improvement
  • We are a Customer Service Excellence award holder
  • We are highly experienced training and learning facilitators
  • We offer regional coverage with local knowledge

We work extensively with governing bodies at schools in all phases supporting improvement in governance and leadership. Through this work we have gained a deep understanding of the wide variety of contexts in which governing bodies operate, and the challenges that chairs face. We see this programme as an opportunity for chairs of governors to work beyond their own organisations and build their leadership role though practical engagement with others.

 

Partners

The partnership has a reach of over 1,700 schools and 24,000 governors across the region, with extensive experience of delivering advice and training to governing bodies of all school types.

The partners are:

    • Hampshire County Council
    • Bracknell Forest Borough Council
    • Brighton & Hove City Council
    • Isle of Wight Council
    • Kent County Council
    • Portsmouth City Council
    • Portsmouth Governors Forum
    • RC Diocese of Portsmouth
    • RC Diocese of Arundel and Brighton
    • Reading Borough Council
    • Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
    • Southampton City Council
    • Surrey County Council (Babcock4S)
    • West Berkshire Council
    • Wokingham Borough Council
    • Wildern and Hounsdown Teaching School Alliance
    • Hampshire Governor Association
    • Portsmouth Governor Association
    • Kent Governor Association
    • Diocese of Southwark
    • Canterbury Diocese
    • Rochester Diocese

Our partners have an extensive understanding of governors, and of the challenges faced by chairs of governors in developing themselves as effective leaders of strong teams. This knowledge is based on regular customer engagement across a variety of school improvement activities including working extensively with temporary governing bodies, schools in challenging circumstances, Interim Executive Boards, local governor associations, training, clerking and advisory services.

 

Programme Event Details and Dates

Programme Event Details

Cost

We recommend that participants undertake all three units in the programme but individual units can be studied as required.

  • The cost of the complete programme of three units is £399.00

All prices exclude VAT.

The cost is additional to your current SLA.

Scholarships for 2014-2015

The National College is providing the following scholarships from 1 April 2014:

-  Small schools - those with 100 pupils or less on roll £320.

-  All other participants (irrespective of their school's Ofsted rating) £200.

Scholarships are not available to participants who choose to undertake individual units rather than the full programme.

Please apply by Monday 20 October 2014 for the cohort starting November 2014.

  • Brighton and Hove

    To book all three units use code
    BRIG123C


    Code: BRIGUNIT1D

    Thursday 20 November 2014

    9.30-3.30 pm

    Friends Meeting House, Ship St, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AF


    Code: BRIGUNIT2C

    Thursday 26 March 2015

    9.30- 3.30 pm

    Friends Meeting House, Ship St, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AF


    Code: BRIGUNIT3C

    Thursday 21 May 2015

    9.30 - 3.30 pm

    Friends Meeting House, Ship St, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AF


Please apply by Tuesday 13 May 2014 to participate in the June cohort below.

  • Hampshire

    To book all three units use code
    HAMP123D


    Code: HAMPUNIT1D

    Tuesday 10 June 2014

    9.30- 3.30 pm

    The Holiday Inn, Lynchford Road, Farnborough, GU14 6AZ


    Code: HAMPUNIT2D

    Tuesday 30 September 2014

    9.30- 3.30 pm

    The Holiday Inn, Lynchford Road, Farnborough, GU14 6AZ


    Code: HAMPUNIT3D

    Tuesday 25 November 2014

    9.30- 3.30 pm

    The Holiday Inn, Lynchford Road, Farnborough, GU14 6AZ


Please apply by Wednesday 25 February 2015 to participate in the March 15 cohort. Please apply by Monday 22 September 2014 to participate in the October 2014 cohort.

  • Kent

    To book all three units use code KENT123E


    Code: KENTUNIT3E

    Wednesday 25 March 2015

    9.30 – 4.00 pm

    Village Hotel, Castle View, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3AQ


    Code: KENTUNIT3E

    Wednesday 17 June 2015

    9.30 – 4.00 pm

    Village Hotel, Castle View, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3AQ


    Code: KENTUNIT3E

    Wednesday 23 September 2015

    9.30 – 4.00 pm

    Village Hotel, Castle View, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3AQ


  • Kent

    To book all three units use code KENT123D


    Code: KENTUNIT1D

    Wednesday 22 October 2014

    9.30- 4.00 pm

    Village Hotel, Castle View, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3AQ


    Code: KENTUNIT2D

    Wednesday 28 January 2015

    9.30- 4.00 pm

    Village Hotel, Castle View, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3AQ


    Code: KENTUNIT3D

    Wednesday 29 April 2015

    9.30 – 4.00 pm

    Village Hotel, Castle View, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3AQ


  • Kent

    To book all three units use code KENT123C


    Code: KENTUNIT1C

    Wednesday 26 March 2014

    9.30- 4.00 pm

    Village Hotel, Castle View, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3AQ


    Code: KENTUNIT2C

    Wednesday 18 June 2014

    9.30- 4.00 pm

    Village Hotel, Castle View, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3AQ


    Code: KENTUNIT3C

    Wednesday 24 September 2014

    9.30 – 4.00 pm

    Village Hotel, Castle View, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3AQ


  • Portsmouth

    To book all three units use code PORT123C


    Code: PORTUNIT1C

    Friday 14 March 2014

    9.30 - 4.00 pm

    City Girls Training Centre, St Mary’s Road, Portsmouth PO1 5PF


    Code: PORTUNIT2C

    Friday 20 June 2014

    9.30 - 4.00 pm

    City Girls Training Centre, St Mary’s Road, Portsmouth PO1 5PF


    Code: PORTUNIT3C

    Friday 10 October 2014

    9.30 - 4.00 pm

    City Girls Training Centre, St Mary’s Road, Portsmouth PO1 5PF


  • Reading/West Berkshire

    To book all three units use code READ123B


    Code: READUNIT1B

    Thursday 30 January 2014

    9.30 - 3.30 pm

    Pincents Manor Hotel, Pincents Lane, Calcot, Reading, West Berkshire RG31 4UQ


    Code: READUNIT2B

    Wednesday 2 April 2014

    9.30 - 3.30 pm

    Pincents Manor Hotel, Pincents Lane, Calcot, Reading, West Berkshire RG31 4UQ


    Code: READUNIT3B

    Wednesday 18 June 2014

    9.30 - 3.30 pm

    Pincents Manor Hotel, Pincents Lane, Calcot, Reading, West Berkshire RG31 4UQ


Please apply by 16 September 2014 for the October 14 cohort. Please apply by February 2014 to attend the March 2014 cohort.

  • Windsor and Maidenhead

    To book all three units use code WIND123D


    Code: WINDUNIT1D

    Thursday 16 October 2014

    9.00 am - 4.00 pm

    Moor Hall Conference Centre, Cookham, Maidenhead, Berks, SL6 9QH


    Code: WINDUNIT1D

    Thursday 15 January 2015

    9.00 am - 4.00 pm

    Moor Hall Conference Centre, Cookham, Maidenhead, Berks, SL6 9QH


    Code: WINDUNIT1D

    Thursday 7 May 2015

    9.00 am - 4.00 pm

    Moor Hall Conference Centre, Cookham, Maidenhead, Berks, SL6 9QH


  • Windsor and Maidenhead

    To book all three units use code WIND123C


    Code: WINDUNIT1C

    Thursday 13 March 2014

    9.00 am - 4.00 pm

    Moor Hall Conference Centre, Cookham, Maidenhead, Berks, SL6 9QH


    Code: WINDUNIT2C

    Wednesday 7 May 2014

    9.00 am - 4.00 pm

    Moor Hall Conference Centre, Cookham, Maidenhead, Berks, SL6 9QH


    Code: WINDUNIT3C

    Wednesday 2 July 2014

    9.00 am - 4.00 pm

    Moor Hall Conference Centre, Cookham, Maidenhead, Berks, SL6 9QH


The cost is additional to your current SLA.

 

Customer Care

Tell Us What You Think

Suggestions, complaints and compliments

We want your experience of working with us to be positive and to meet your expectations.  We believe the feedback from our customers is crucial and we value and encourage your comments – both good and bad.  

How we deal with suggestions and complaints

  • We aim to be helpful and efficient.

  • We like to know when you think we did something well.

  • We need to know when things go wrong, so we can learn from our mistakes.

  • We welcome suggestions about how we run our service.

  • We have a formal complaints procedure.

Could we do better?

We welcome comments about how we run our service. Your views help us to improve our performance and recognise your particular needs. So if you think we could do better, we want to hear from you. Complaints are dealt with in confidence. We will act on what you tell us, but will not identify you or give details of what you say without your consent unless required to do so by legislation.

We also like to have your suggestions for improving our service as well as hearing from you when you think we did something well or something in particular impressed you. You can either telephone, write, send us an e-mail or use the electronic Suggestions, complaints or compliments form We acknowledge suggestions within 5 working days and respond in full within 20 working days.   

Complaints procedure

Our complaints procedure is aimed at making sure we properly look into your complaint and give you a considered response.

Stage one

Talking with the course facilitator will usually resolve any problems you may have on the programme, so the first thing we ask you to do is to raise the matter with them. We hope they will be able to put things right straight away, or explain why they are unable to do so.

Stage two

If you do not want to contact the facilitator to discuss the issue or you do not feel your concerns have been properly addressed you should contact us as the license holder.  We will respond within five days and seek to make a full response within twenty days.  

Stage three

We hope that you will be satisfied with that response. If not, you can ask the National College to consider your complaint using their complaints process which can be accessed via their web-site.

How do I make a complaint?

You can raise your complaint by email: county.governor.services@hants.gov.uk or telephone us on 01962 845706. You can also complete the electronic complaints form.  Once completed it will be mailed automatically to us. You can write to us at: Hampshire Governor Services, Children's Services Department, The Castle, Winchester, SO23 8UG

What happens and how long will it take?

We will acknowledge your complaint within 5 working days and let you know the outcome of our investigations within 20 working days. If we need further time to make a full response to your complaint we will let you know within 20 working days with an estimate of when you can expect a reply.

Putting things right

If we get something wrong, we will do our best to put it right. We will review our policy and procedures to try to stop it happening again. We will admit our mistakes and offer a full apology.

We monitor complaints and compliments; a summary of the returns we have received for the previous financial year is on our website at: www.hants.gov.uk/education/governors/complaints.html

Where the report highlights service delivery problems we use this information to make changes.

IF YOU REQUIRE A LARGE PRINT VERSION OF THIS DOCUMENT PLEASE CONTACT CLAIRE BAILEY ON 01962 845846.

If there is anything which makes it difficult for you to pursue your complaint, for example if English is not your first language,  please use the same number to contact us and we will discuss how we might help you.

 
 

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