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Governance - strengths and superpowers - Workshop 5

Workshop Synopsis

Using interactive techniques, discussion and working in groups, participants will explore three key themes that every new and aspiring head needs to know to work effectively with their governors, and to ensure effective and impactful governance.

The three key themes are as follows:

  • Knowledge and superpowers: Getting to know what governance is, including statutory duties and expectations; and getting to know the abilities and attributes of your governors
  • Synergy and building trust: What steps you need to take to understand expectations, build trust and boost effectiveness
  • Adding value: Exploring the impact and value of good governance

Following the above, participants will create their own 'Governance strengths and superpowers' card, ranking the importance of each theme for your school against Ofsted areas. These cards are designed so that you can create your own personal action plan to take back to school in order for you to continue your development journey.

Workshop Outcomes

Participants will learn:

  • the role and function of governance in different settings and models and what senior leaders should expect
  • the value of creating a diverse governing board and the need to understand each governor and build relationships
  • how to work to obtain synergy, aligning goals and understanding
  • how to build effective, trusting relationships
  • the value that good and supported governance can bring to all areas of your school
  • what steps you need to take as individual leaders to move your learning forward
Target Audience

New head teachers, within their first two years of headship, deputy and assistant heads, and those aspiring to leadership.

Workshop Leader Profile

Su Turner, National Leader of Governance

Su Turner is an experienced expert, and creator of the award-winning Shaping Governance®. She is a National Leader of Governance, a qualified Executive Coach and Mentor, a skilled trainer and Appreciative Inquiry facilitator. Su is chair of a secondary academy and works in 100s of schools nationally.