Noctua School Alliance

Following the recent announcement by the Secretary of State for Education, Noctua School Alliance has taken the decision to cancel face-to-face training until we feel it is safe to do so to ensure maximum staffing levels in schools during these unprecedented times. We are pleased to offer your schools remote training sessions. To book a place, click on the training tab.
All our training is based on the most up to date evidence informed research.

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CourseGovernance Workshops 2021-22
Led byBrian Beal, Education Consultant
DetailsOur programme covers four sessions and will be delivered by Brian Beal – Education Consultant.

This programme provides insights and working knowledge of all areas identified in ‘A Competency Framework for Governance’, (DfE 2017) that sets out the knowledge, skills and behaviours that school and academy governing boards need in order to be effective.

Over the course of four sessions, and with some ‘gap tasks’, governors will be provided with opportunities to reflect on their personal contributions through their strategic role at school, but also to consider the effectiveness of their governing board as a whole and to identify where they may make adjustments to further increase the board’s impacts.

Across the programme participants will be supported in carrying out a a light touch review as a health check, each aspect of this aligning to the focus of each session so that each governing board benefits from a process that supports its on-going development.

Session 1: Ethos and working practices - Thursday 2nd December 2021
Session 2: Being strategic and ensuring statutory compliances - Wednesday 19th January 2022
Session 3: Knowing your school - Wednesday 9th February 2022
Session 4: Getting the balance right – support and challenge - Wednesday 16th March 2022
TimingsThursday 2nd December 20216pm-8pm£60 per session
BookingClick here to book your place
CoursePreparing Your Governors For Ofsted
Led byBrian Beal, Education Consultant
DetailsOfsted’s education inspection handbooks have changed… so what do governors need to know?

Course overview:
This is a briefing for governors to increase awareness of the main changes that Ofsted have made to the inspection handbooks (both section five and section eight).
Ofsted piloted changes to its inspection methods to take account of the challenges raised by COVID-19 and published its updated set of inspection handbooks in April 2021.
The handbooks recognise that most schools have been unable deliver their curriculum in the usual way since the pandemic therefore there have been some changes to Ofsted’s approach to looking at the quality of education. In particular, the guidance identifies that inspectors will consider:
• How schools have adapted and prioritised the curriculum throughout the pandemic.
• How well schools have integrated remote education into the curriculum.
• Whether schools continue to implement an ambitious curriculum that helps all pupils to study the full breadth of subjects, or whether leaders are working to bring this about.

This briefing will also identify changes to other areas considered during inspection, including opportunities for pupils’ personal development, and to understand attendance with school leaders to understand how the pandemic affected individual schools.

Who should attend:
All governors wishing to update their knowledge of the inspection process.

TimingsChange of date - New date TBC6pm - 8pm£60.00
BookingClick here to book your place