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This course is in two parts, delivered via Zoom, each lasting 90 minutes. It has been put together and will be led by governor training and consultant, Andrew Dodge, a school governor and chair himself, with experience in infant, primary, secondary and special schools, both maintained and academy.
As well as some presentation, these online sessions are very interactive including activities and group discussion. The content is structured around the Three Core Functions of school governance described in the DfE Governance Handbook and covers everything you need to know in order to 2hit the ground running" and become an effective member of your governing body team.
You will gain all the essential information about schools and the education system including jargon-busting, types of school, categories of governor, the curriculum, assessment and Ofsted inspection. You will explore what governors do and, equally important, what they should not do, with tips on how to maintain a strategic focus and avoid getting involved in the day-to-day, operational running of the school.
Core Function 1 - Clarity of Vision, Ethos and Strategy including self-evaluation and improvement planning.
Core Function 2 - Holding the Headteacher to Account covers the headteacher's report, interpreting data, advice on visiting the school and the sort of questions to ask when schools are operating normally. This session will also cover governors' accountability during school closure and the essentials to focus on.
Core Function 3 - Overseeing the Financial Performance of the School explores how governors ensure public money is well spent.
You will learn about governors' statutory duties and how to engage effectively with parents, pupils and staff.
Above all, the course should leave you motivated and inspired to contribute to your governing body thereby improving the eduction of the pupils at your school.
Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is a complex autism spectrum condition characterised by high anxiety and a need to be in control. As a result of high anxiety individuals with PDA can find everyday demands and requests intolerable. Often children and young people with PDA can display behaviours that are challenging to others.
This course will be relevant to staff who work with or support families who have children with autism and a demand avoidant profile. The course is interactive and will equip attendees with a range of strategies to use, or to advise parents to use when working with or caring for children with PDA.
This course will cover the basic theory around PDA and provide attendees with an excellent “toolkit” of strategies that they can use or pass on to those who care for children with PDA.
This training session will be delivered by Laura Kerbey founder of Positive Autism Support and Training. Laura has been working with children and young people with autism and other special needs for over 15 years. She was the Assistant Head Teacher, then Head Teacher at an independent special school for children with Asperger's Syndrome and High Functioning Autism.Essential Information