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Governance Training Service

Governance Training Service

Bolton Governance Services provides quality and value for money services for governing and trust boards of authority maintained schools, non-maintained schools and academy trusts. It is a tried and tested service that provides governance expertise to the majority of establishments within the Bolton area. The combined experience of the governance professionals employed by the service means that boards receive first class support in the modern world of education governance. Not only does the service provide effective organisation and administrative support, but more importantly, helps boards understand their role, functions and legal duties through quality assured clerking, training and development.

Governing and trust boards should demand high standards from their governance professionals and this is why Bolton Governance Services has a commitment to provide access to officers that are fully trained in governance law and procedure and keep up to date with changes in the governance and educational landscape.

Copies of the current Service Level Agreement may be downloaded below for both maintained governing boards and academy trust boards. Costings are available on request. Details of the current training programme can be founded via the Governance Training Programme 2019-20 page.

Maintained School Training Options

Gold Service – Training Programme & E-learning
Through the Gold Service, boards can expect the entitlement of all governors to attend unlimited centre based training offered through the annual programme and full access to a package of on-line training opportunities (except for safer recruitment training which is priced separately due to external accreditation).  By purchasing the Gold Service you can expect:
  • Training sessions to be held at various times throughout the day and early evening to allow governors to attend at their convenience.
  • Confirmation, via email, of all bookings for training including the facilitation of text reminders one week prior to the session taking place.
  • Provide appropriate materials for each attendee to facilitate their learning.
  • Invite the link governor for training to briefing sessions without additional charge.
  • Apply a reduced non-attendance/cancellation charge in line with the cancellation policy
  • Apply a 10% discount for any bespoke development or commissioned training purchased.
  • Ensure that training venues are fit for purpose and provide light refreshments at all events and sessions. (A light lunch will be provided for full day sessions)
  • Provide notification of training alterations (We will make every effort to notify in advance any change of trainer, where the planned training becomes inappropriate e.g. change in legislation, in an emergency e.g. adverse weather conditions we will attempt to contact delegates to confirm whether the course is running, where there are too few delegates to make the course viable we will give as much notice as possible that the course has been rescheduled.)
  • Access to the suite of online training which will provide all governors on the board with unlimited access to the governance e-learning modules. The Governance E-Learning Training Package is brokered through the National Governance Association, at a subsidised rate.

In addition to the courses listed in the programme, the Governance Services Team can design, co-ordinate and deliver commissioned training courses specific to the needs of your board or local cluster of schools. Therefore all courses within the programme are available on a commissioned basis.

Silver Service – Training Programme
Through the Silver Service, boards can expect the entitlement of all governors to attend centre based training offered through the annual programme. The same features as the ‘Gold Service’ without the facility of e-learning.
Bronze Service – Pay As You Go Training
Through the Bronze Service, boards can expect access to all available tutor led training session on a charged per session attendance basis.

Academy & Multi-Academy Trust Training Options

The service recognises that multi academy trusts require a flexible approach for trustees and local governors to access training and development opportunities.
The following three SLA options combine both training and development to provide exceptional value for money and freedom to customise learning for individual boards or the trust as a whole.
Single academy trusts and individual local governing boards are able to access or continue the services provided under the maintained schools SLA. A copy of the Maintained SLA is available on request.
Academy Gold – Training and Development
Through the Academy Gold Service, trusts can expect the entitlement of all trustees and local governors to attend unlimited centre based training offered through the annual programme and full access to a package of on-line training opportunities (except for safer recruitment training which is priced separately due to external accreditation).  By purchasing the Academy Gold Service you can expect:
  • Training sessions to be held at various times throughout the day and early evening to allow trustees and local governors to attend at their convenience.
  • Confirmation, via email, of all bookings for training including the facilitation of text reminders one week prior to the session taking place.
  • Provide appropriate materials for each attendee to facilitate their learning with access to all materials and resources via the online Governance Gateway system
  • Invite the link trustee / local governor for training to briefing sessions without additional charge.
  • Apply a reduced non-attendance / cancellation charge in line with the cancellation policy
  • Apply a 10% discount for any bespoke development or commissioned training purchased.
  • Ensure that training venues are fit for purpose and provide light refreshments at all events and sessions. (A light lunch will be provided for full day sessions)
  • Provide notification of training alterations (We will make every effort to notify in advance any change of trainer, where the planned training becomes inappropriate e.g. change in legislation, in an emergency e.g. adverse weather conditions we will attempt to contact delegates to confirm whether the course is running, where there are too few delegates to make the course viable we will give as much notice as possible that the course has been rescheduled.)
  • Access to the suite of online training which will provide all trustees and local governors on the board with unlimited access to the governance e-learning modules. The Governance E-Learning Training Package is brokered through the National Governance Association, at a subsidised rate.
  • In addition the trust may choose to opt for either an External Review of Governance (Option A) or Health Check, followed by two targeted development sessions.

The Governance Health Check may include an audit of the trust’s training and development needs linked to the DfE Competency framework for Governance.  A full analysis of this would be undertaken and fed back to the board with advice to address any areas for improvement or potential gaps in knowledge and experience. All Governance Health Check options are detailed on Page 11 of the SLA. For multi-academy trusts consisting of more than two local governing boards, there would be an additional cost of £150 per additional local governing board.  A maximum limit of 20 places on each development session would apply; delegates may include members, trustees and local governors.

Academy Silver – Training and Development
Through the Academy Silver Service, trusts can expect the entitlement of all trustees and local governors to attend centre based training offered through the annual programme, on a reduced rate pay as you go basis, and full access to a package of on-line training opportunities (except for safer recruitment training which is priced separately due to external accreditation).  By purchasing the Academy Silver Service you can expect:
  • Training sessions to be held at various times throughout the day and early evening to allow trustees and local governors to attend at their convenience.
  • Confirmation, via email, of all bookings for training including the facilitation of text reminders one week prior to the session taking place.
  • Provide appropriate materials for each attendee to facilitate their learning with access to all materials and resources via the online Governance Gateway system.
  • Invite the link trustee / local governor for training to briefing sessions without additional charge.
  • Apply a reduced non-attendance / cancellation charge in line with the cancellation policy
  • Apply a 10% discount for any bespoke development or commissioned training purchased.
  • Ensure that training venues are fit for purpose and provide light refreshments at all events and sessions. (A light lunch will be provided for full day sessions)
  • Provide notification of training alterations (We will make every effort to notify in advance any change of trainer, where the planned training becomes inappropriate e.g. change in legislation, in an emergency e.g. adverse weather conditions we will attempt to contact delegates to confirm whether the course is running, where there are too few delegates to make the course viable we will give as much notice as possible that the course has been rescheduled.)
  • Access to the suite of online training which will provide all trustees and local governors on the board with unlimited access to the governance e-learning modules. The Governance E-Learning Training Package is brokered through the National Governance Association, at a subsidised rate.
  • In addition the trust can then receive a Health Check, followed by one targeted development session.

The Governance Health Check may include an audit of the trust’s training and development needs linked to the DfE Competency framework for Governance.  All Governance Health Check options are detailed on Page 11 of the SLA. A full analysis of this would be undertaken and fed back to the board with advice to address any areas for improvement or potential gaps in knowledge and experience. A maximum limit of 20 places on each development session would apply; delegates may include members, trustees and local governors.

Academy Bronze – Pay As You Go Training

Through the Academy Bronze Service, trusts can expect access to all available tutor led training session on a pay as you go (charged per session) attendance basis (except for safer recruitment training which is priced separately due to external accreditation).

 

Governance E-learning

Access to the Governance E-learning package provided via the National Governance Association, Learning Link only (preferential rates to schools and academy trusts through the Bolton Service Level Agreement)
Access to the suite of online training will provide all governors on the board with unlimited access to the e-learning modules. The sessions are continually updated and of a high quality and following an assessment of each session, a certificate is produced for the governor training file. The e-learning package is intended to complement the existing training whether accessed via the full Service Level Agreement for Training and Development or through the Pay As You Go Service.
Governance E-learning should not be seen as a replacement for tutor led sessions. By choosing to purchase the E-learning package, the governing board will have its own secure access to the hosting website which will be valid for one year.

Commissioned Training

In addition to the courses listed in the programme, the Governance Services Team can design, co-ordinate and deliver commissioned training courses specific to the needs of your board or local cluster of schools. Therefore all courses within the programme are available on a commissioned basis.