Events

Admissions Briefing

 

Admissions Briefings 2018

This is a session for all Governors, Headteachers and Administrators in Aided Schools and Academies involved in the Admissions process.  It will cover the roles and responsibilities of those involved within your school or academy in all aspects of admissions.

 

These briefings have been specifically organised during June and early July in order that governors wishing to revise their arrangements on the back of the briefing experience will have time to prepare the documentation and consult on the statutory timeline, between 1 October 2017 and 31 January 2018.

 

The briefing will comprehensively cover the development of high quality admission arrangements and the specific content required by law.  Attendees should leave the workshop with a clear understanding of the purpose of admission arrangements, the freedom to include or exclude particular practices the procedure to follow for changing arrangements and an insight into the likely challenge.

 

Ø    To aid our presentation, do let us know of any particular areas of concern you might wish to raise prior to the briefings

Course leader: Christine Jones

Times (all venues: 6.30 pm – 9.00 pm (approximately)

 

Cost: Schools in the Diocesan Service Agreement: £45 + VAT

Schools not in the Diocesan Service Agreement: £110+ VAT

To book: 01865 208272 or e-mail: training@oxford.anglican.org

Admissions Briefing

 

Admissions Briefings 2018

This is a session for all Governors, Headteachers and Administrators in Aided Schools and Academies involved in the Admissions process.  It will cover the roles and responsibilities of those involved within your school or academy in all aspects of admissions.

 

These briefings have been specifically organised during June and early July in order that governors wishing to revise their arrangements on the back of the briefing experience will have time to prepare the documentation and consult on the statutory timeline, between 1 October 2017 and 31 January 2018.

 

The briefing will comprehensively cover the development of high quality admission arrangements and the specific content required by law.  Attendees should leave the workshop with a clear understanding of the purpose of admission arrangements, the freedom to include or exclude particular practices the procedure to follow for changing arrangements and an insight into the likely challenge.

 

Ø    To aid our presentation, do let us know of any particular areas of concern you might wish to raise prior to the briefings

Course leader: Christine Jones

Times (all venues: 6.30 pm – 9.00 pm (approximately) 

Cost: Schools in the Diocesan Service Agreement: £45 + VAT

Schools not in the Diocesan Service Agreement: £110+ VAT

To book: 01865 208272 or e-mail: training@oxford.anglican.org

Good to Outstanding Governance

This module is aimed at governing bodies of schools who are aiming to become outstanding. It is an interactive session that will enable governors to understand how inspectors judge outstanding governance and what this means in practice.

It looks at the features of outstanding governing bodies, including the criteria that have been highlighted in recent governance reports under the latest inspection frameworks. It involves work on the descriptors for outstanding leadership and management, the latest publications on governance, suggestions for high quality monitoring and reporting arrangements and an opportunity to assess your governing body against both the criteria to enable your governing body to become outstanding.

The module will focus on:

  • An overview of the current Ofsted Framework
  • An awareness of the implications for Governors.
  • Knowing what outstanding Governing Bodies are organised and work.
  • Knowing what is expected of Governors’ monitoring and evaluation routines.
  • A chance to discuss, ask questions and consider the evidence needed with our experienced school inspectors and advisers

This course is suitable for governors, senior leaders and Head Teachers of primary and secondary schools.

Course Leaders: David Cousins/Sarah Thomas

Cost: SLA schools: £45, or as part of Excellence in Governance package: £499 (10 modules over 2 years, 3 Gov.s per module)

For more information: To book: 01865 208272 or e-mail: training@oxford.anglican.org

SIAMS: The Process and Preparation

The aim of the course

This module will cover everything you need to know about the SIAMS process. It will take you through all the practicalities step by step covering such things as timings, how to prepare, what the day will look like, what you can use as evidence, who will need to do what, what questions might you be asked and what do you do with the report afterwards?

Programme includes:

  • Familiarisation with the current SIAMS framework and self-evaluation material.
  • An overview of the process from the initial email to the final feedback meeting.
  • Suggestions on how to be prepared for inspection.
  • An understanding of the role of Governors in the process and some ideas about monitoring.
  • A chance to ask questions about the process and talk to others who have been through the process.

This course is suitable for all Governors whether you are a Foundation Governor or not.

Course Leaders: Joanne Daly / Robin Sharples

Cost: SLA schools: £45, or as part of Excellence in Governance package: £499 (10 modules over 2 years, 3 Gov.s per module)

For more information: To book: 01865 208272 or e-mail: training@oxford.anglican.org

Admissions Briefing

 

Admissions Briefings 2018

This is a session for all Governors, Headteachers and Administrators in Aided Schools and Academies involved in the Admissions process.  It will cover the roles and responsibilities of those involved within your school or academy in all aspects of admissions.

 

These briefings have been specifically organised during June and early July in order that governors wishing to revise their arrangements on the back of the briefing experience will have time to prepare the documentation and consult on the statutory timeline, between 1 October 2017 and 31 January 2018.

 

The briefing will comprehensively cover the development of high quality admission arrangements and the specific content required by law.  Attendees should leave the workshop with a clear understanding of the purpose of admission arrangements, the freedom to include or exclude particular practices the procedure to follow for changing arrangements and an insight into the likely challenge.

 

Ø    To aid our presentation, do let us know of any particular areas of concern you might wish to raise prior to the briefings

To book: 01865 208272 or e-mail: training@oxford.anglican.org

Headteacher Appraisal

Carrying out the Headteacher’s appraisal review is a major responsibility of the governing body, and should be performed by governors who have undertaken appropriate training.

We will show you how you can work with an experienced team of advisors to ensure that your statutory responsibilities for Headteacher appraisal are met and the best possible outcomes are achieved for all the children and young people in your school.

The course will:

  • Identify the key features of the process and the differing roles of appointed Governors, the Headteacher and the adviser.
  • Help you to understand the best way to undertake this key task so that the best possible outcomes are achieved.
  • Support you to write effective objectives for your headteacher
  • Familiarise you with the New Headteacher Standards January 2015.
  • Advise you on the procedure for making recommendations about the Headteacher pay to the Governing Body.

Course Leaders: Joanne Daly/Frances Bartlett

Cost: SLA schools: £45, or as part of Excellence in Governance package: £499 (10 modules over 2 years, 3 Gov.s per module)

To book: 01865 208272 or e-mail: training@oxford.anglican.org

Becoming an Effective Governor

Ofsted’s current 14 criteria for governance raise significant new and refined challenges. That number increased from 9 to 14, and the next framework (in development now) is not expected to, in any way, reduce the relentless focus on governance.

New aspects include reference to the agenda which has become known as ‘British values’; an explicit requirement for a very active transparency towards stakeholders; an expectation that governors do not confine their influence to within the school grounds; and an expectation that Governors regularly review whether they are in fact hindering the school’s progress by their lack of expertise and knowledge. The Governors Handbook (January 2015) identifies that ‘High quality induction and continuing professional development is vital to equip governors with the skills they need…’

Becoming an Effective Governor examines the key roles and responsibilities for Governors within a Church School setting. Using presentation and discussion it provides:

  • Opportunities for Governors to explore their understanding.
  • The balance of support and challenge required for senior leaders.
  • The key questions to ask.
  • What, using national research, effective governance looks like in our schools today.

This module is a priority for all recently appointed governors and to enable all Governors to remain up to date with the current educational landscape.

Course Leaders: Sarah Thomas/Elaine Skinner

Cost: SLA schools: £45, or as part of Excellence in Governance package: £499 (10 modules over 2 years, 3 Gov.s per module)

For more information: To book: 01865 208272 or e-mail: training@oxford.anglican.org

Appeals Briefing

 

Appeals Briefings 2018

These are sessions for all Governors, Headteachers and Administrators in Aided Schools and Academies involved in the appeals process.  The aim of these evening briefings is to refresh and update those tasked with administering or presenting their admissions authority at an appeal.  There will be the opportunity look at the School Admission Appeals Code and to consider the documents needed and how you can best support the school’s case at an appeal.

 

During the session there will be a presentation, including time for discussions on various issues, including:

 

  • The list of documents required
  • Areas of concern regarding infant class size appeals
  • Issues to raise in Governors’ Statements
  • What and how much information an appellant can request from the school
  • Local Government Ombudsman and Education Funding Agency update
  • Concerns raised by the OSA

Course leader: Christine Jones

Times (all venues: 6.30 pm – 9.00 pm (approximately)

 

Cost: Schools in the Diocesan Service Agreement: £45 + VAT

Schools not in the Diocesan Service Agreement: £110+ VAT

Ø    To aid our presentation, do let us know of any particular areas of concern you might wish to raise prior to the briefings

To book: 01865 208272 or e-mail: training@oxford.anglican.org

Appeals Briefing

 

Appeals Briefings 2018

These are sessions for all Governors, Headteachers and Administrators in Aided Schools and Academies involved in the appeals process.  The aim of these evening briefings is to refresh and update those tasked with administering or presenting their admissions authority at an appeal.  There will be the opportunity look at the School Admission Appeals Code and to consider the documents needed and how you can best support the school’s case at an appeal.

 

During the session there will be a presentation, including time for discussions on various issues, including:

 

  • The list of documents required
  • Areas of concern regarding infant class size appeals
  • Issues to raise in Governors’ Statements
  • What and how much information an appellant can request from the school
  • Local Government Ombudsman and Education Funding Agency update
  • Concerns raised by the OSA

 

Ø    To aid our presentation, do let us know of any particular areas of concern you might wish to raise prior to the briefings

Course leader: Christine Jones

Times (all venues: 6.30 pm – 9.00 pm (approximately) 

Cost: Schools in the Diocesan Service Agreement: £45 + VAT

Schools not in the Diocesan Service Agreement: £110+ VAT

To book: 01865 208272 or e-mail: training@oxford.anglican.org

The Role of the Governing Body in an Ofsted Inspection

The aim of the course:

‘The role that governance plays in ensuring that every child receives the best possible education has never been more important. We should not underestimate just how vital the role of governors and trustees has become in helping to raise standards. It is also why Ofsted now shines a brighter spotlight on the effectiveness of governing boards, and reports on their performance and their impact in greater detail. In short, the role is so important that amateurish governance will no longer do. Good will and good intentions will only go so far. Governing boards made up of people who are not properly trained and who do not understand the importance of their role are not fit for purpose in the modern and complex educational landscape.’
Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools – Nov 2015)

HMCI’s recent instructions to inspectors to ‘shine a spotlight’ on Governance reinforces the key strategic work of governing bodies and the pivotal part that they play in the creation of good and outstanding schools. The inspection handbook has now been in operation for 12 months and our experience of the way the inspection workforce has applied the handbook and inspected governance has grown. We are clear that there is no let-up in the importance governance has in the leadership of our most effective schools. The expectations for the role and function of Governors is woven throughout the leadership and management section and we are clear of the way this needs to impact on the work they do.

This briefing will help give governors an overview of the inspection framework and its impact on their work.
Programme includes:

  • An overview of the focus to the 2015 framework on governance and an awareness of the implications for schools and Governors.
  • Understanding of how Ofsted focuses on governors in holding schools to account and challenging leaders.
  • Opportunities to discuss and ask questions from our experienced school inspectors.

This course is suitable for governors, senior leaders and Head Teachers of primary and secondary schools.

Course Leaders: David Cousins/Frances Bartlett

Cost: SLA schools: £45, or as part of Excellence in Governance package: £499 (10 modules over 2 years, 3 Gov.s per module)

For more information: To book: 01865 208272 or e-mail: training@oxford.anglican.org

Appeals Briefing

 

Appeals Briefings 2018

These are sessions for all Governors, Headteachers and Administrators in Aided Schools and Academies involved in the appeals process.  The aim of these evening briefings is to refresh and update those tasked with administering or presenting their admissions authority at an appeal.  There will be the opportunity look at the School Admission Appeals Code and to consider the documents needed and how you can best support the school’s case at an appeal.

 

During the session there will be a presentation, including time for discussions on various issues, including:

 

  • The list of documents required
  • Areas of concern regarding infant class size appeals
  • Issues to raise in Governors’ Statements
  • What and how much information an appellant can request from the school
  • Local Government Ombudsman and Education Funding Agency update
  • Concerns raised by the OSA

 

Ø    To aid our presentation, do let us know of any particular areas of concern you might wish to raise prior to the briefings

Course leader: Christine Jones

Times (all venues: 6.30 pm – 9.00 pm (approximately)

 

Cost: Schools in the Diocesan Service Agreement: £45 + VAT

Schools not in the Diocesan Service Agreement: £110+ VAT

To book: 01865 208272 or e-mail: training@oxford.anglican.org

Being a Chair of Governors

This module will focus particularly on supporting new and aspiring Chairs of Governors in the many tasks and skills required in leading a governing body to be excellent in both the support and challenge of a church school.

Utilising the Diocese’s ‘Right Programme’, attendees will be helped to understand both the statutory requirements and key insights into how to lead a governing body successfully.

 

Course Leaders: Sarah Thomas/Ruth Bennie

Cost: SLA schools: £45, or as part of Excellence in Governance package: £499 (10 modules over 2 years, 3 Gov.s per module)

For more information: To book: 01865 208272 or e-mail: training@oxford.anglican.org