It is a Hertfordshire recommendation that all safer recruiters receive refresher training to remain accredited. This 2 hour training session is only to be attended by those who have previously completed the all day Safer Recruitment training and whose 5 year accreditation is due to / very recently expired (please check if you are unsure).
This is open for governors and staff to attend - please check costs below.
Join Herts for Learning (HfL) and Hertfordshire Association of School Governors (HASG) at the 2019 annual governor conference. This year’s conference will focus on the governors' understanding of the curriculum. The day will allow delegates to listen to two keynote speakers, attend up to three seminars as well as providing a chance to meet with governors' from a wide range of settings, providing excellent networking opportunities.
The first keynote will be delivered by Professor Mick Waters who will be speaking on the governors' role in curriculum effectiveness. As an education consultant, Mick works with authorities across the UK on innovative approaches to learning. Mick has worked at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority as Director of Curriculum, taking a leading role in helping schools to rethink their approach to curriculum design and influencing national policy on aspects of the national curriculum.
Closing the conference, Rachel Macfarlane will be highlighting the role of governors' in growing great schools. Rachel joined the HfL Executive team as Director of Education Services in April 2018, bringing with her a wealth of experience from an extensive and varied career in education. As Director of Education Services, Rachel is the strategic lead for all HfL's education services to schools across all phases.
There will be a wide range of seminars to choose tailored specifically around the curriculum and covering all phases. Delegates will receive an email asking them to pre-select their seminar choices once they have registered.
Please note the conference will begin at 9:15am in the Oak Room, refreshments will be available from 8:30am.
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This training session equips governors to be able to sit on a governors' Disciplinary Committee panel which is a statutory requirement in the case of certain types of school exclusion, including any permanent exclusion. We recommend that panel members are re-trained every 2 years.
Excluding a pupil involves a statutory process that governors should ensure they perform legally and effectively. There will be a mixture of tutor input, group activity/discussion and an opportunity to ask questions.
What are effective processes for curriculum construction, debate and renewal?
In reality, how is the curriculum used as a progression model?
Which factors influence the inclusion or omission of content within different curriculum models?
Which factors influence the order of content across different curriculum disciplines within the curriculum?
Following the success of the Primary Curriculum Symposium, HfL are delighted to launch a follow-up CPD offer: Curriculum in Motion. This series of half-day CPD sessions will allow leaders to continue the conversations begun during the Curriculum Symposium and to re-focus on key curriculum questions, such as those listed above. For those leaders who did not attend the Curriculum Symposium, the sessions will provide an excellent opportunity to engage in the topical debates surrounding curriculum design and implementation.
The 5 Curriculum in Motion sessions, which will be spread across the academic year 2019/20, will feature guest speakers, all of whom have considerable experience of forming and shaping bespoke curriculums, designed to meet the needs of learners within their diverse settings. Acting on the feedback from the Curriculum Symposium, each session will feature a speaker who is able to give practical insights into the processes, challenges and considerations associated with visioning and implementing a primary curriculum. In addition, the sessions will incorporate time and space to allow for leaders to consider, debate and respond to the content being presented.
Curriculum in Motion Session One: 25th November 2019
Ed Vainker, Co-founder and Executive Principal of Reach Academy Feltham
Developing a carefully sequenced, knowledge-rich curriculum
The session will explore the journey that Reach Academy Feltham has taken in developing its History and Geography curriculum. It will explore the evidence base underpinning the approach and then how the curriculum is implemented by reviewing a range of resources. Finally it will set out how the curriculum is enacted at Reach and other schools, digging into the pedagogy and teacher development strategies used.
Debbie Fenn, Headteacher at St Andrews C of E (VA) in Hitchin, will offer an insightful reflection into how a change of ethos creates a dynamic, flexible and life enhancing curriculum. With an example from the significantly insignificant that started it all off!
This course is aimed at all governors and headteachers of Voluntary Aided, Foundation schools and academies. This session is suitable for both Primary and Secondary schools/academies and is aimed at governors of own admission authority schools.
If parents appeal against a decision not to admit their child, a governor will have to defend that decision to an independent appeals panel and try to convince them that admitting another child would 'prejudice the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources.' If the panel is not convinced, they will uphold the parental appeal.
This course is strongly recommended for all governors and is essential for the designated child protection governor(s), the chair and the vice chair. It is also highly recommended that all governors refresh this training every 4 years. This course is not available as in-house training due to the demand for this training, please do encourage governors to attend these course by booking online.
This training looks at:
• safeguarding in the school context
• the role of child protection school liaison officers (CPSLO)
• the nature of child abuse • safeguarding responsibilities
• role of the governing board, the headteacher, all staff/volunteers
• role of the Designated Senior Person (DSP)
• child protection policy and procedures statutory child protection training timescales
• vulnerability of staff in schools • management of allegations against staff
• monitoring and review of school practice, policies and procedures
• introduction to audit tools - Annual Schools' Safeguarding Practice Checklist and Annual Safeguarding Report
• an opportunity to ask questions or arrange follow-up contact with your CPSLO.
This training is aimed at all governors of academies, free schools, studio schools and university technical colleges (UTC's).
Whilst based on the good practices principles of the HCC Model Procedures for Dealing with School-Based Complaints, the concept of Governors' roles and responsibilities remains the same, although other model policies may differ in terms of the number of stages within a procedure.
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This course should enable governors who are new to governance to gain an understanding of their role in the financial management of schools and develop their skills to meet their responsibilities.
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