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Subject Matter Expert Profile: Sue Noakes

Subject Matter Expert Profile: Sue Noakes

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Second in our series of subject matter expert profiles is Sue Noakes.  Sue is the Assistant Director of Education for Chester Diocese and recently shared with us her considerable expertise and knowledge for our latest e-learning module “Governance of a Church School”.

Sue, tell us about your experience and qualifications

” I have a BA (Hons) in English and Theatre Studies followed by a PGCE in secondary education in English and Drama, and I’m currently studying for an MA in education leadership and management.  I’ve previously taught in the secondary sector and been a governor for a primary school.  I worked for the Diocese of Chester 10 years ago before taking a break after having my second child. I have been back at the Diocese for 5 years.”

What are your specialist areas of expertise?

“Church school education with a special interest in denominational inspection, admissions and governance.”

In your opinion, how can e-learning benefit governor services?

Governors have been given more and more responsibility by successive administrations and are essentially undertaking this role in their spare time. Online training is a good way to help equip governors with some of the knowledge they need in taking on this role.

For example, realising there was no particular module for Church schools we decided to try and develop something that would help governors fulfil their role as governors in such a distinctive organisation. The module was developed in collaboration with colleagues from York, Manchester, Blackburn, Carlisle and Liverpool Dioceses and one colleague also represents the Methodist sector.  We hope that, by undertaking basic online training, governors would be encouraged to attend the face to face training provided by Local Authorities and Dioceses to help further their knowledge and skills as they take a strategic lead in the education of our children.”

More information

Subject Matter Expert profile: Helen Richardson

Governance of a Church School information leaflet

Details of all Modern Governor e-learning modules

Read what school governors think of Modern Governor


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