Governor Skills Workshop: Effective school visits and challenging questions

Suitable for: Governors only

Course code Keystages Presented by
GOV106 Foundation; KS1; KS2; KS3; KS4
  • David Franklin (Lancashire Governor Services)
  • Neil Yates (Governor Tutor)
  • Andrew Marston (Governor Tutor)

School Visits provide an important opportunity for governors to see for themselves how the school is implementing their policies and improvement plans and how they are working in practice.
Using case studies, exercises and discussion, this workshop will develop governors’ knowledge and skills to focus and maximise learning from school visits so that they are better able to ask challenging questions to hold Executive Leaders to account.

The course will:
• Clarify the purpose of School Visits and Challenging Questions within the context of the Governing Board’s core functions.
• Identify the requirements of the Code of Conduct and the School’s policies & procedures and best practice for Visits (both actual and virtual) to ensure that they are focussed on the Board’s priorities & improvement plans and how they are working
• Practise the skills of preparation, visits and feedback and reinforce the importance of Challenging Questions in holding Executive Leaders to account.
• Explore and practise a range of questioning techniques for different situations.
• Reinforce the links between insights gained through visits and robust accountability and challenging questions where necessary.

This course is for Governors only. Schools who have bought into the Service Level Agreement will receive this course for free as part of their package, but will be charged £25 for non-attendance. Schools which have not bought in to the SLA will be charged the full course fee. It is important that you inform LPDS if you are unable to attend a course to avoid the charge for non-attendance.

You will receive a course confirmation letter via the Schools' Portal and also via email 4 weeks prior to the course.

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