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The Biggest Training Challenges According to School Governors

The Biggest Training Challenges According to School Governors

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A bar chart, with the final bar being held aloft by a team of peopleIn December Learning Pool ran the annual “12 Days of Christmas” campaign, where our sparkly team give away daily goodies to members of the Learning Pool community, either as downloads or as competition prizes.

This year two of our downloadable goodies proved especially popular with School Governors – the “101 Inspirational Learning Quotes” ebook and the children’s activity book.

To download these we asked “what’s your biggest training challenge?“.  Some of the answers are below – do you agree that these are the biggest training challenges facing school governors?

“Training a  small number of people with a wide range of experience.”

Too much change to keep up with.”

“Getting Governors to contribute at meetings.”

“Finding the time!”

“Change management.”

“Better management information

“Finding time and motivation.”

“Make sure that everyone gets the same message and that we are unified in our approaches”

“Engaging all governors to take part in training relevant to them.”

So, what’s the biggest training challenge facing YOU as a School Governor?

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3 Comments
  • Andrew Jacobs
    Posted at 15:15h, 22 December Reply

    Interesting Elaine. Did school, governors answer this question, or Governor training services? If you’d asked governors:
    “What’s your biggest learning challenge?”
    you might have got a different set of responses.

  • Elaine Walton
    Posted at 15:23h, 22 December Reply

    Hi Andrew

    These are all responses from school governors, not governor services people (although I’m interested in their thoughts too!).

    Hope you’re all ready for Christmas!
    Elaine

  • Andrew Jacobs
    Posted at 16:57h, 22 December Reply

    That adds a different factor to it; if only because it suggests that governors are thinking of themselves and theor governor colleagues when asked about training. Is that because the skillset of governors, the person specification, the expectations of the role, etc are perceived differently by each individual? Do governing bodies have different ways of measuring their effectiveness (or perceived effectiveness)?

    If nothing else, asking about learning positions the query more at an individual level – ‘what do I need to learn to be an effective governor?’.

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