Belfast Education and Library BoardTraining ProgrammeforBoards of Governors2012 –2013
IntroductionThe role of the school Governor is becoming ever more crucial to thesuccess of your school. Governors play a central role in the planning,development and overview of the work and life of the school. TheBoard of Governors work in partnership with the principal, staff,parents, pupils and local community to ensure that the pupils haveevery opportunity to develop their skills and talents to their fullpotential within a caring and stimulating learning environment.The Department of Education has prioritized the role of Governors asbeing pivotal to the success of the policy “Every School a GoodSchool” which has focused on school improvement and raisingachievement. An overview of the roles and responsibilities of a schoolBoard of Governors can be accessed in chapter 3 of the Governors’guide ‘Every School A Good School – the Governors’ Role’(see www.deni.gov.uk and go to ‘A Guide for Governors’).This booklet contains valuable information on the Governordevelopment and support programme for 2012 - 2013. Please readthe programme and select the courses you wish to attend.All courses are designed to support you in the vital role you play as aGovernor in ensuring that schools provide a first class education tochildren and young people. The courses outlined in this booklet coverthe relevant training and development required by Governors tofulfill their role. The Induction course for new Governors gives anoverview of the roles and responsibilities of Governors and all newGovernors are urged to attend one of these sessions. IdeallyGovernor training should be discussed at a Board of Governormeeting and relevant courses identified. You can apply for eachcourse by completing the enclosed application form and returning itto Mary Coyle, CASS Admin, BELB, 40 Academy Street, Belfast, BT12NQ.Thank you for your co-operation and your commitment to BELBschools and the children and young people. If you have any queriesplease contact the relevant board officers at the telephone numbersor email addresses at the back of this brochure.
InductionTarget Audience – New Governors and those returning after abreak in Governor Service.These sessions are a must, particularly for new Governors theyoutline essential information on the structure, roles andresponsibilities of Governors and how Boards of Governors function.It gives a general overview of the functions of a Board of Governorsand introduces new Governors to the language, processes andprocedures of the work of the board.DATES & VENUE25 October 2012 7.00-9.00 pm Fortwilliam Resource Centre6 November 2012 2.00-4.00 pm Fortwilliam Resource CentreManaging Staff AttendanceTarget audience – all Governors and PrincipalsAim:To provide governors with a greater understanding of issuesassociated with maintaining good levels of staff attendance inschools.Content:• To raise awareness of governors’ role in managing staffattendance.• To highlight policies, procedures, advice and support availableto assist with managing staff attendance and to reduce absence.DATES & VENUE13 November 2012 6.30-8.30 pm Fortwilliam Resource Centre22 November 2012 2.00-4.00 pm Fortwilliam Resource Centre
Financial Management and AccountabilityTarget audience – Chairperson, finance committee, newgovernors.Please note this course is not relevant for special schools,voluntary grammars or grant maintained integrated schools.Aims:• To provide an introduction to school financial management aswell as a more in-depth look at monitoring budgets andfinancial planning, particularly for those who are members ofthe Finance Committee.• To clarify their role in managing and monitoring the school’sdelegated budget.• To play a key role in financial and staffing decision making.Content:The course will raise awareness of Governors’ roles andresponsibilities for financial accountability. It will also explain theprinciples of the LMS Common Funding Formula, give a briefintroduction to school budget planning and provide training on schoolbudget monitoring.NOTE:The Department of Education’s target is to have at least one event toexplain school financial and accountability arrangements to Boardsof Governors by January 2011, newly constituted governors will havehad introductory training to explain school financial andaccountability arrangements.DATES & VENUE27 November 2012 6.30-8.30 pm Fortwilliam Resource Centre6 December 2012 2.00-4.00 pm Fortwilliam Resource Centre
Safe Guarding and Child ProtectionSafeguarding and child protection training for school governors has 3specific strands – this training is strand 2 which is exclusively forchairs of Boards of Governors and designated child protectiongovernors.Target Audience – Chairs of Boards of Governors and specificGovernors who have been delegated to take the lead in childprotection issues so that they can assist the full Board ofGovernors with their child protection governance.All chairpersons and designated governors for childprotection who have not attended BELB strand 2 trainingsince 2007/8 (academic year) are expected to apply.Early booking is recommended as there will be a maximum of25 participants in each session.Aims:By the end of the course participants will:1. Be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the impact oflegislation and government policy in relation to safeguardingand child protection;2. Recognise signs and symptoms of possible abuse andunderstand the role of the Board of Governors in relation totheir statutory duties;3. Be able to identify the quality assurance role of the Board ofGovernors in overseeing the safeguarding and welfare of allpupils enrolled in a school.Content:Specific safeguarding and child protection training from the ChildProtection Support Service for Schools (CPSSS).
DATES & VENUETuesday 6 November 2012 6.30 - 9.00 pm in Fortwilliam Resource CentreTuesday 15 January 2013 6.30 - 9.00 pm in Fortwilliam Resource CentreMonday 28 January 2013 6.30 - 9.00 pm in Fortwilliam Resource CentreMonday 11 February 2013 6.30 - 9.00 pm in Fortwilliam Resource CentreCommunity Relations, Equality & Diversity inEducation (CRED)Aim:• The aim of the seminar is to raise awareness of the CommunityRelations, Equality and Diversity in Education Policy and itsimplications for school governorsObjectives:As a result of attending the seminar governors will:• have a knowledge and understanding of the main elements ofthe CRED policy• be aware of what is expected of boards of governors in relationto the implementation of CRED policy in schoolsDATES & VENUE27 November 2012 2.00-4.00 pm Fortwilliam Resource Centre4 December 2012 6.30-8.30 pm Fortwilliam Resource Centre
Managing RedundancyTarget Audience – Governors involved in redundancyprocess.The training session will provide advice and guidance on thepractical application of the redundancy procedures for bothteaching and non-teaching staff.DATES & VENUE20 November 2012 6.30-8.30 pm Fortwilliam Resource Centre29 November 2012 2.00-4.00 0m Fortwilliam Resource Centre
Fortwilliam Centre(Located on the City of Belfast School of Music Site)Belfast Education and library BoardThe Fortwilliam Centre is located on Fortwilliam Park in the North of the city.Post code is BT15 4AQ
For further information or to comment on any aspectof Governors’ training, please contact:Marie O’DonoghueCo-ordinator for Governors’ TrainingBelfast Education and Library BoardEducation Department40 Academy StreetBelfastBT1 2NQPhone: 028 90 564295Fax: 028 90 564078Marie.O’Donoghue@belb.co.ukMary CoyleAdmin for Governors’ TrainingBelfast Education and Library BoardEducation Department40 Academy StreetBelfastBT1 2NQPhone: 028 90 564277Fax: 028 90 564078Email: email@example.com