2nd Nov 2019

Governance Conference 2019

The Governance Services Team are pleased to invite governors and trustees to the 2019 Bolton Governance Conference to be held on Saturday 2 November 2019 from 8.30 am until 3.00 pm at Mercure Bolton Georgian House Hotel, Blackrod, Bolton. Registration will commence at 8.30 am with breakfast refreshments served. A light lunch will also be provided as part of the programme.

The theme of the conference for this year is “Opportunities for All”, that is that every child, no matter their background, needs or where they live, deserves an excellent education and the opportunity to fulfil their own potential.

It is vital that we ensure that all children, who are often some of the most disadvantaged, are offered equal opportunities to make the most of their talents and become successful adults.  Opportunities for all does not just include children, governing boards also have a duty of care towards their staff.  Staff are the biggest resource for a school and the most important element in the quality of education.  Providing opportunities for staff to develop and thrive is as equally important.

As usual, presenters have been carefully chosen to support the overall conference theme; however, as sessions are of interest to all, there will be no satellite workshop sessions at this event. There will be opportunities to network with fellow governors and trustees throughout the day.

Conference Sessions & Presenters

Key Note Speaker – Dave Harris, Head Teacher & National Speaker
Our keynote speaker has come highly recommended from governance professionals across the North West. Dave Harris is a successful Head Teacher with many years experience working in and leading schools in challenging socio-economic environments. He is passionate about education and ‘through-school’ model. One of Dave’s headships involved bringing together an infant school, junior school and secondary school split across a socio-economically deprived former mining community. In his own words “a school is not the building” and Dave has a great talent for bringing staff together to work for a common vision, which fits perfectly with our conference theme. He is also an author of three books on headship and education.


Whole School Approach to Mental Health and Inclusion – Sue Cornwell, Bolton Head of Service for Children with SEN
Promoting opportunities for all and good mental health is the responsibility of all members of school communities, with governors having a key role to play in this agenda. Within the current educational climate developing an understanding of effective ways to meet the requirements of all learners is challenging. There are increasing numbers of children and young people presenting with both mental health difficulties and special educational needs in our schools.

In order to meet the needs of these children it is essential that schools adopt both an inclusive ethos and a coherent whole school approach to both mental health and inclusion. This session aims to explore the key factors underpinning a whole school framework to promote the emotional well-being and mental health of pupils and the inclusion of children with special educational needs.


Alternative Provision – Keeping Children in Mainstream Education  – Paul Hodgkinson – CEO of the Bolton Impact Trust
This session explores what is involved in ensuring that those children who are educated in alternative provision reach their full potential, receive the best possible education and develop their self-worth and self-esteem to enable them to move on to their next stage in education or life.

The session will look at how alternative provision provides high quality education and work in the best interest of children.  It also details how the staff within this provision work collaboratively with partners across the education sector to build a strong evidence base and to deliver reforms that enable mainstream and special schools to support children to remain and reintegrate into their settings, promote collective responsibility for the delivery of high quality education in AP  and ensure that young people leaving alternative provision have choices about what they do next.


Promoting Staff Wellbeing – Josie Williams – Schools Engagement Trainer, Anna Freud Centre
Concerns about the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people are currently in the public spotlight. However, any conversation about supporting our children’s wellbeing must also include how we support our teachers and senior leaders. Governors must ensure that the school prioritises the mental health and wellbeing for staff in whatever way possible.

Schools are operating in a climate of limited resources; hours can be long with an increased expectation on achievement and progress. As well as supporting pupils academically, staff may encounter children, young people and families who are experiencing complex issues in their lives. The government’s Green Paper on children’s mental health puts schools at the heart of promoting mental health for young people and to achieve this schools must first identify the needs of their staff and find out why some struggle with the pressure of the job. This session will help governors in looking at steps to identify and promote staff wellbeing.


Bookings and Charging Information

The conference is open to all governors and trustees within the Bolton family. Places are limited and bookings will be made on a first come, first served basis. Our rates are extremely competitive and are preferential for delegates of governing boards and trusts buying into a Service Level Agreement.

For those boards that buy into the Governance Services Clerking and Support, or Training and Development Service Level Agreements (SLA) the cost will be £70 for the first delegate, and for any additional delegates a charge of £90 per person will be made.

For those governors and trustees whose boards do not buy into an SLA, a charge of £150 will be payable.

Charges will be met via the school budget and will not be charged to individual governors. Please ensure that you notify your Chair or Head Teacher/Principal prior to booking. Cancellation fees will apply for non-attendance or cancellation by the delegate within five working days of the conference date.

Please note any access or dietary requirements you may have in the booking form below. 

Price per session: £70/£90 SLA / £150 non-SLA

Venue: Mecure Bolton Georgian House Hotel, Blackrod, Bolton, BL6 5RU

Time: 8.30am - 3.00 pm

Category: Conference

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