Conducting Investigations

Suitable for: Governors Only

Course code Keystages Presented by
GOV108 Foundation; KS1; KS2; KS3; KS4; Post16
  • Anne Sutton (Senior HR Manager (Schools))
  • Sarah Duckworth (HR Manager (Schools))

This Course Covers.

• Understand the importance of a fair and thorough investigation;
• Know how to plan and organise an investigation effectively;
• Know how to gather and evaluate evidence objectively, balancing conflicting and corroborating information, including interviewing complainants, witnesses and respondents;
• Dealing with evidence and evaluating and presenting your findings;
• Deal with issues such as confidentiality, anonymity and second hand evidence;

Being able to conduct a fair and impartial investigation is a key skill for any Governor who may need to investigate a case to establish the facts and present their findings clearly. This could be an investigation into a parental complaint, a staff grievance, a bullying complaint, a whistleblowing complaint or alleged misconduct.

Investigations can be time consuming and complicated. Delegates will learn about a process approach to the handling of investigations, which may be applied to a range of situations.

Delegates will learn about best practice and the requirements of the law and in the full day, face to face version of this course take part in a workshop which will focus on planning an investigation, gathering and assessing evidence, interviewing techniques and evaluating and presenting the findings.

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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