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Code: GOV/20/163/A Handling School Complaints

This training is aimed at all governors of maintained schools. Whilst based on the HCC model policy, the concept of governors' roles and responsibilities is the same although other model policies may differ in terms of stages within a procedure

This session will:

  • identify the principles of good complaint handling
  • share the complaints policy toolkit
  • use the toolkit and relevant papers to work through a scenario

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1 13 February 2020 19:00 - 21:00 West Herts College Map

Code: GOV/20/3/A Being an effective Clerk

This course is aimed at potential and new clerks. 


This course will include the following:

• the role and duties of the Clerk to the Governors
• the role and work of the governing body
• producing minutes
• work of committees
• case studies - dealing with problems

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1 14 February 2020 09:30 - 15:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map

Code: GOV/20/104/A Safeguarding children

This course is strongly recommended for all governors and is essential for the Designated Child Protection governor(s), the chair/vice chair. It is also recommended to refresh this training every 4 years.

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
  • gole of the governing board, the headteacher, all staff/volunteers
  • the 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.

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1 20 February 2020 19:00 - 21:00 Goffs Academy Map

Code: GOV/20/134/A Headteachers' performance management


This course is particularly useful to governors who serve on the Headteacher Performance Panel but is of interest to all governors.

Governors will:

  • be familiar with headteacher performance management arrangements
  • understand the role of the external advisers in this process
  • gain awareness of relevant policies
  • have regards to the work/life balance of the headteacher

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1 26 February 2020 19:00 - 21:00 Barnwell School Map

Code: GOV/20/162/A Health and Safety

This course is relevant to all governors, particularly those with an interest in premises and health and safety.


This session includes:

  • an overview of sensible risk management and balancing risk and benefit
  • health and safety roles and responsibilities
  • practical case studies
  • key areas for monitoring and a proportionate approach to safety in schools/academies.

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1 26 February 2020 19:00 - 21:00 South Hill Centre Map

Code: COM/19/23/A Herts for Learning Technology Showcase: Developing your school’s IT strategy

Join Herts for Learning (HfL) and their partners for this exciting free event. This year the HfL technology showcase will be focusing on helping schools to develop thier IT strategy, feautures include:

  • a variety of free seminars and workshops on topics such as ‘The Power of an Effective IT strategy’ (separate sessions available for primary and secondary), ‘The Digital Divide’ and ‘Effective use of technology to support SEN’
  • a tech surgery with account managers available to answer your questions on how to realise your IT strategy with unused devices and using the Cloud in your school
  • a live debate on ‘Technology in Schools’
  • school case study presentations on topics such as the computing curriculum in schools
  • exhibitors showcasing a range of innovative technology resources and services
In addition, Adobe will be delivering a number of workshops throughout the showcase offering tangible examples of their involement with schools and looking at how technology can aid learning. 

The showcase is designed for all phases and relevant to SLT, subject leaders, teachers and governors.

Please note the event runs from 9.00am – 4.30pm, but content will be repeated throughout the day to allow for either half-day attendance or full-day attendance, depending on your preference (approximate times: Morning 9.00am-1.00pm, Afternoon 12.00pm – 4.00pm).

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1 26 February 2020 09:00 - 16:30 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map

Code: GOV/20/171/A Induction for Governors (EVENT FULL)

This full day course is for new governors for schools, academies and MAT's. This course is very important for all new governors so that they can be as effective as possible in helping the governing board in its role to secure school improvement. Delegates benefit from the opportunity to network with new governors from other schools and academies.

We recommend that all new governors attend the ‘Induction for governors’ course within the first 3 months of being appointed. In particular new governors derive maximum benefit if they book onto a course which takes place after they have attended at least one governing board meeting.

The three key roles of the governing board that will be covered during the course are:
1. vision and strategic
2. holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school
3. Financial management and best value

Delegates will also receive an insight into how to get to know your school and taking part in effective meetings. The course will use a variety of teaching strategies including group discussion, case studies and tutor input.


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1 26 February 2020 09:30 - 16:30 South Hill Centre Map

Code: GOV/20/107/A Safer recruitment (EVENT FULL)

This nationally accredited full day ‘Safer recruitment’ training is suitable for governors and staff of schools/academies involved in the recruitment process. This course is applicable for those who have had no previous training - if you have attended ‘Safer recruitment’ training within the past 5 years’ there is a separate refresher course for those who wish to refresh their accreditation. (Please check if you are unsure)

The principles and actions for safer recruitment derive from the Bichard Inquiry which was formed following the tragic events of the 'Soham case' (2004). The Inquiry's Report highlighted flaws and shortcomings in the recruitment process that allowed Ian Huntley to be employed as a caretaker at Soham Community School. The Bichard Inquiry recommended that all governing boards have members who have been safer recruitment trained and that appointment panels for school leadership posts include at least one governor who has been safer recruitment trained. This course is based on the Safer Recruitment Consortium national programme.

Please note that attendance to the whole day is required in order to achieve accreditation.

The session will:

  • raise awareness of the Bichard Inquiry Report and the safer recruitment framework
  • look at data and trends in school/academy incidents of abuse
  • look at safer recruitment processes and policies
  • provide an opportunity to go through the recruitment process
Pre-course reading is available for all delegates to read through before the date of the training, please ensure to read this in advance.

Staff attending from a subscribing school will be charged £100

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 27 February 2020 09:30 - 16:30 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map

Code: CSIB7 Chairs' Strategic Information Briefing

This briefing is recommended for Chairs, Vice Chairs and Chairs of Committees and will cover a large number of important topics and will include an update from Human Resources, Finance, HCC and Governance.

There will be an update on Pupil Premium from Felicity Evans and a slot on HT Mental Health amongst the topics covered.

Up to 2 governors per school can attend (including the Headteacher if they are a governor).

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1 03 March 2020 17:30 - 20:00 Fielder Centre, Hatfield Map

Code: GOV/20/101/A Safeguarding children

This course is strongly recommended for all governors and is essential for the Designated Child Protection governor(s), the chair/vice chair. It is also recommended to refresh this training every 4 years.

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
  • gole of the governing board, the headteacher, all staff/volunteers
  • the 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.

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 03 March 2020 19:00 - 21:00 Barnwell School Map