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Governor Live: Governance at the start of 2017

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Governor Live: Governance at the start of 2017

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Following on from the Governor Live series Considerations for Conversion, we’re pleased to announce a new series of free live events for governors, trustees and senior leaders in schools. Running on Thursday evenings throughout the spring and summer terms, these sessions will offer a deeper look at many of the challenges facing those involved in school governance. These will include financial, legal and structural issues – and provide support and a space to ask questions, learn from others and reflect on what we might need to do next.

Introductory session: Governance at the start of 2017

The first Governor Live online event of 2017 for governors, trustees and school leaders will take place on Thursday the 9th of February at 8pm. We’ll be rounding up developments in the arena of school governance – with a particular focus on the proposed National Funding Formula, some important developments in HR and the recently published Competency Framework for Governance. Our expert panel of Christine Bayliss, Michelle Gray and Karen Rae will share updates for anyone involved in governance and, as ever, there’ll be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.

Who should register and attend?

This introductory session is open to all involved in governance – governors in maintained schools, trustees, members, directors in MATs and academies and senior leaders in school wanting to better understand some of the issues facing those involved in school governance. Once registered, one’s details can be used to sign up for and sign in to subsequent Governor Live events without having to register again – and if you’ve attended previous Governor Live sessions then you should receive an invitation shortly if you haven’t already.

Governor Live – future sessions through spring & summer 2017

Throughout the spring and summer terms further Governor Live events will give participants opportunities to examine these and other issues in more depth – including sessions on budgeting for schools and legal issues, including governance and HR. We’ll also explore how to perform a realistic and forward-thinking analysis of a school’s strengths and areas for development to help inform any decision to convert to academy status or not. We’ll be sharing the dates and topics for these sessions during the event on the 9th, so bring your calendar to sign up for those sessions relevant to your school or academy.

Our panel

The members of our panel – Christine Bayliss, Michelle Gray and Karen Rae – all took part in the well-received and attended Considerations for Conversion events last term – you can find out more about them on the event’s registration page. The whole panel will take part in this introductory event, and then attend the other events through the spring and summer terms as necessary, depending on the topics being covered.

What our participants think

If you’ve attended other ‘webinars’ before, Governor Live sessions are a little different. For a start, they’re intentionally interactive & participatory – you’ll be able to take part and have your say, rather than just watch a disembodied voice talk over a presentation for an entire event. Here are some comments on previous Governor Live events:

“All the content was useful, thank you – especially opportunity for Q & As.”

“A great opportunity to see other governors’ views and thoughts on this subject.”

“Concise, live and great to be able to ask questions and feel involved.”

“…these academy sessions are extremely helpful and of real practical use. This feels like a real online community.”

Ultimately, 100% of previous participants in Governor Live sessions would recommend them to fellow governors. Future sessions are easy to join and you can even log in using your Google or Facebook account to make things even simpler.

Take part live or catch up later

As ever, the session will be recorded, but if you want to raise your issue with or ask your question to our panel then sign up to take part on the night. Our library of recordings of previous Governor Live sessions is available to browse online and you can read the reviews of previous sessions here on the Modern Governor blog. As with all Governor Live online events, the session is free to attend and open to anyone involved in school governance. This series of events is presented in collaboration with Armstrong Watson, berg and CBECS and all sessions are free to register for and attend – so to play your part in this online community working out what governance looks like in 2017, simply register for free.

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