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Modern Governor at the launch of City of York’s programme

Modern Governor at the launch of City of York’s programme

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City of York logoLast Thursday I went up to see our friends in York as they launched their new accredited Governor training programme.  The venue was impressive, the food was fabulous and there was an impressive turnout of dedicated and enthusiastic School Governors keen to get to know Modern Governor.

Sue Pagliaro, Head of Governor Support, opened the evening and introduced Professor David Fleming, the Vice Chancellor of York St John University.  Professor Fleming welcomed everyone to the University with a rousing talk – and we wish him all the best in his new role.

Kersten England, Chief Executive of City of York Council, then spoke about “Civic Particpation and Leadership – the contribution of Governors”.  Having been a Chair and Vice Chair of Governing Bodies in Bradford in the ’90s, Kersten empathised with the challenging role faced by Governors. 

According to Kersten, there are 3 dimensions of the leadership function that a Governor fulfils:

1. Leaders of the school community – setting the culture, the tone, the visions and the values of the school – and at the cutting edge of big society.

2. Strengthening life in the wider community – contributing to discussions about the quality of life in their neighbourhood.

3. Making a leadership contribution to the city as a whole, involved in critical decisions about public services.

I thought Kersten’s speech made the point about how valuable the role of School Governor is to all members of their community, not just the children at their school. 

As Sue Pagliaro put it – “this training package is vital as we support Governors and ensure that our children emerge from schooling “fit for life”.

Coming soon….the case study on City of York’s launch.

by Elaine

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