DfE funded leadership development programme for Governors and Clerks

The Department for Education is providing funded training programmes to improve the effectiveness of school governance. Due to our status as an Opportunity Area, some schools are prioritised for a higher rate of funding.

The Department for Education has new opportunities for school governing bodies, local governing bodies and multi-academy trust (MAT) boards. These are:

  • Funded training programmes for governing bodies

 - Governance leadership development programmes

 -Governance clerking development programmes

  • Recruiting new governors (including governance leaders) through Inspiring Governance

 

Funded training programmes for governing bodies

The Department for Education is providing funded training programmes to improve the effectiveness of school governance. Due to our status as an Opportunity Area, some schools are prioritised for a higher rate of funding.  There are two programmes available:

 

Governance leadership development programme (for those in governance leadership roles, such as chairs, vice chairs or committee chairs)

·This programme aims to develop the skills and effectiveness of governors in maintained schools and academies.

· Because we are an Opportunity Area, some schools are eligible for a higher rate of funding, with up to £2000 of training available, which is expected to cover most of the cost of participation. You can find out if you are eligible for a higher rate of funding here.

Providers able to operate in Bradford:

·       Alliance of Leading Learning

·       Entrust Support Services

·       Freedom & Autonomy for Schools - National Association

·       National Governance Association (NGA)

Governance clerking development programme (for all school, academy or trust board clerks, including new clerks, who are currently supporting one or more boards).

· This programme aims to support governance clerks to provide professional quality clerking, ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of governing boards

· The programme provides sustainable and relevant peer-to-peer support networks, enabling encouragement, support and the sharing of good practice.

· Each participant is eligible for £350 of funding, which is expected to cover most of the cost of participation.

Providers able to operate in Bradford:

·       Entrust Support Services

·       Freedom & Autonomy for Schools - National Association

·       National Governance Association (NGA)

·       School Development Support Agency

Funding

Funding for both programmes is paid directly to the training provider. There is a full list of providers here. We expect that in most cases there will be no, or minimal, cost to individuals or boards to complete these programmes.

If you wish to apply for any of these programmes, please visit the links above for further information. Please note that places may be limited.

Recruiting new governors and volunteers through Inspiring Governance

Bradford is a priority area for Inspiring Governance, a Department for Education funded charity that connects skilled volunteers interested in serving as governors and trustees with schools in England. It also provides free, expert support for volunteers and governing bodies, as well as for employers wanting to run programmes for their staff serving as governors.

Bradford is also a Pilot Area for its Future Chairs programme. This programme helps boards with the vital task of recruiting a high calibre individual who has the potential to become a chair, vice-chair or committee chair within a year of joining a school governing board. The service identifies and recruits skilled and experienced individuals from within and beyond the education sector who are interested in this opportunity. Please read further information about the Future Chairs programme

More widely, Inspiring Governance is part of the Education and Employers group. Via their free on-line national matching making service, schools can find people who are willing to volunteer from an hour a year in a local primary or secondary school to chat informally about their job and career route, take part in career speed networking session, give young people careers insights, mock interviews or feedback on their CVs workshops through to serving as a governors or trustee, hosting  workplace visits, job shadowing and mentoring. Here is a short clip which explains how it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDAbgAKrmEc

 

If you have any questions, get in touch with us at OpportunityAreas.BRADFORD@education.gov.uk or Kathryn.Loftus@bradford.gov.uk

The Bradford Opportunity Area Team

 


Opportunity

Published: 13/04/2018
Audience: Governors and Clerks to Governors
Contact: Kathryn Loftus

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