Training Modules (NEW)
The Governance4FE bite-size training modules can be found here.
Governance4FE Customised Training
As part of our development services, we offer customised in-house development for your board, committees, the executive, and individual members. This is a rapidly increasing area of our service provision, and we are delighted to support boards to become even more effective and dynamic. Such development, in the context of the further education sector, may include:
- Governor induction - effective on-boarding
- Governor roles and responsibilities - stewardship is 'hands on the tiller, not in the engine room!'
- Creating a culture of challenge - disagreeing without being disagreeable
- Developing a culture of review - the difference between being ok and high-performing
- Alignment in the boardroom - clarity of the vision and conviction for the strategy
- Developing board - management relations - implementing collaborative oversight
- Chair (and committee chair) development - enhanced confidence in new accountabilities and leadership
We are delighted to be partnering with the Education and Training Foundation and FE Associates to offer a governance module on their senior leaders training programmes. Often, the desire to improve the performance of the board comes from the CEO/Principal, and there are some common practices that every CEO/Principal should know, which enable a CEO/Principal to maximise the contribution of the board. The role of the senior team in contributing to good and effective governance is crucial, yet it is often overlooked, and rarely is development made available to senior leaders on the topic of governance and the role of the board, as they progress towards the boardroom.
For more information on the Welcome to the Boardroom module and bespoke programmes, please contact us on email@example.com.
Other development, in the context of the further education sector, includes:
- Interacting and presenting to the board - implementing collaborative oversight
- Report writing for the board - a different audience requires a different style - help your board be more strategic
- Working with Committees - key conversations and communication for the CEO
- The Chair - CEO relationship - a rewarding relationship
- The first 120 days - a new CEO's guide to the boardroom - coming soon
'Fiona recently provided a customised in-house training session for our governors. Feedback was really excellent - we all found the presentation very helpful, interesting and insightful - she did a fantastic job and governors really enjoyed it'.
Clerk - College Group
Governance Professionals' Training Programme
The Governance Professionals’ Qualifications have been developed for those working specifically within the further education and 6 th form college sector. These qualifications, which cover 3 levels, were designed by the Institute of Directors (IoD), in partnership with Department for Education (DfE) and the Education Training Foundation (ETF). The ETF and IoD worked closely with the Association of Colleges (AOC) and members of the National Governance Professionals’ Group (NGPG) and other key stakeholders in the sector to develop these qualifications.
The Governance Development Programme
This DfE-funded programme is aimed at developing the skills of both new and existing board members and, where appropriate, clerks/company secretaries in Further Education and Sixth Form Colleges. The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has commissioned the Association of Colleges to develop this comprehensive training programme for college governors.
AOC Governance Training Materials
These training materials are intended to be of particular interest and use to governors and governance professionals. There are 13 modules covering all aspects of governance, and a brief executive summary of each, setting out the main areas covered in the module.
Chairs Leadership Programme
The ETF has designed, with a delivery partner, the Further Education Chairs' and Aspiring Chairs' Leadership Programmes to support them in being able to:
- take time out to reflect on their role as governance leaders
- identify ways in which they can further enhance the value they add to the Board and their wider organisation.
- prepare for taking the chair
The programme is subsidised by the Department for Education (DfE), this is an indication of how much government values the role of the Chair and strong governance leadership in:
- establishing and agreeing the purpose of the college
- directly influencing those who serve on the board
- helping to set the conditions for long-term institutional resilience and success.
The Association of Chairs
The association run a range of events for Chairs and Vice Chairs in the charity sector - including briefings, workshops, talks by guest speakers, panel discussions and a member only supper club. The events provide an opportunity for Chairs to learn more about the role of chairing, stay up to date with the latest practice and trends in the sector as well as providing a chance to meet and network with other Chairs
Unloc - Student Governor Training
Unloc - Supporting Student Governors across the UK FE Sector
Unloc aims to support, train, raise the profile of and empower student governors in the UK to be effective young changemakers and policy influencers.
Many student governors are elected or invited to take up a role that they are not prepared for or in some cases, fully understand. This can lead to a sense of uncertainty or isolation. Some students report a feeling of being overwhelmed by the responsibility of being a governor. The National Student Governor Training Programme seeks to address the various needs of Student Governors from across the UK but also celebrate the work that they do in their colleges and local communities.
Our programme goals are:
- To provide a powerful induction training programme that prepares and supports all student governors to enable them to effectively undertake their important roles.
- To raise the profile of student governors nationwide, through a compelling marketing campaign and set of resources that the sector can use.
- To connect and support student governors from across the UK before, during and after their initial training programme, creating a powerful network of young changemakers.
- To widen access to support and resources for student governors.
- To improve boards by helping student governors to more effectively contribute.
- To build future advocates of FE and develop their capacity to contribute to the sector in later life.
- Helping Clerks to better support their student governors.
The Essential Training Company provides bespoke safeguarding training, including courses written specifically for governors and trustees as well as teaching staff and DSLs. We also offer 1-1 and group supervision session to DSLs and their teams, providing high quality support and guidance and to ensure ongoing best practice.
'External supervision is paramount in discussing safeguarding problems and working together to find solutions. The knowledge and expertise you bring enables me to gain confidence in my decision making and I look forward to another year of unbiased, dedicated comfort, growth and direction.'
We support the FE sector by ensuring staff and governors have the confidence and skills to keep their students safe, and have adequate oversight of this function. Through a combination of training, supervision, and consultancy we are the safeguarding thread that runs through everyday, supporting staff and governors to safeguard their students effectively throughout their FE experience.
Please visit The Essential Training Company website ( www.essentialtrainingcompany.co.uk ) to find out more.
Governor Training & Development Plans
High quality induction, training and development arrangements should be made available both for individual governors and for the governing body as a whole so that collectively, the Corporation has the necessary skills and understanding to fulfil its responsibilities under the Instrument and Articles of Government. Governors who are not clear as to their role on the Board, could impact negatively on outcomes for students. Governors may feel unfulfilled in their role if they are not adequately trained and prepared for the responsibility of being a Corporation member. This could lead to an increased turnover of Governors and bring instability to the Board. All governors, however experienced, need support to improve their effectiveness in the role and to keep up to date with developments that may affect their college and their role as a governor.
Ofsted will consider governors' commitment to their development as part of the 'leadership and management' judgement. Colleges must set aside a budget for governor training.
The Skills for Jobs White Paper in 2021 detailed new expectations on governors, and one of these is a new annual requirement for the governing body to report annually on how it has developed governors and the governance professional in-year, and what the impact of such training and development has been. It is recommended that Boards implement a Training and Development policy and put in place annually, a governor training and development plan.
Training and Development Guidance Note
A Guidance Note detailing advice on the composition of these documents, is available for download below.
Training Record for Governance
In order to fulfil the annual requirement for reporting on training and development and the impact of such, it is recommended that a record of the impact is completed as soon as is practicable after the activity has been undertaken. A template for this record keeping is available to download below. Reporting in the annual report on such activity, should refer to the Board's development plan and briefly explain the learning activities undertaken in year, indicating how these have benefited, or are likely to benefit, governance performance. This applies to governors and the governance professional.
Governor Training Dissemination Form
If governors who participate in CPD are able to share what they have learned with others, the impact of the initial development activity can be increased. Through dissemination, governors are able to cascade learning from one to another. Dissemination is useful for a number of reasons:
- It can raise awareness that a way of working isn't as effective as it could be.
- It can bring understanding on a particular issue.
- It can bring clarification on what best practice looks like.
- It can bring about change through taking action.
- It can bring confidence to the Board.
It may be a combination of all the above.
Dissemination is most effective when the purpose of the CPD, and the desired outcome, is agreed by the Board in advance, and dissemination takes place by a number of complimentary routes:
- Materials made available at the training are shared with other governors, where appropriate. Most commonly this will be by making them available on an on-line portal/shared drive.
- A report (example available for download below) is completed and made available to all governors
- Any item from the report that requires action and committee/board agreement, is added to the relevant agenda.
- The impact of training and dissemination of information forms part of the overall evaluation of the governing body.