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.

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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.

TimingsMonday 21st June 20216pm - 8pm£50.00
BookingClick here to book your place
CourseStaff and Pupil Wellbeing
Led byBrian Beal, Education Consultant
DetailsGovernors should take a strategic approach to promoting mental health in their school. A key part of this is ensuring that a promotion of mental health is embedded in all the school's policies and procedures. It is important that this is a ‘whole school’ approach, which includes pupils, staff and even members of the governing board.

Course overview:
This workshop will highlight the resources available to help schools through this challenging time.

It aims to help governors consider the provision of pastoral and extra-curricular activities that:
• support the rebuilding of friendships and social engagement
• address and equip pupils to respond to issues linked to coronavirus (COVID-19)
• support pupils with approaches to improving their physical and mental wellbeing.

Governors also have a duty of care for their headteacher and staff and will need to be assured that there are processes in place to support staff and to check that they are not overwhelmed by workload.

Who should attend: All school governors, especially those with inclusion / SEND responsibilities and also performance management governors.
TimingsPlease email to note interest in potential extra date.6pm - 8pm£50.00
CourseGovernors’ Role in Post-Covid-19 Recovery
Led byBrian Beal, Education Consultant
DetailsThrough necessity governing boards have stepped back and allowed school leaders the flexibility to manage school closures and home learning – operational responsibilities.

However, governing boards continue to hold strategic leadership responsibilities throughout the COVID crisis. This may look and feel very different as schools continue to adapt to and respond to the avalanche of ongoing and changing guidance.

Course overview:

This workshop aims to help governors explore:
• The actions taken by school leaders to provide education in the current challenging circumstances
• The effectiveness of leaders in adapting school’s curriculum to meet current challenges, considering what their school had achieved
before the COVID crisis and where they are currently with curriculum planning. How are leaders planning to get back on track? What
plans have been delayed or altered due to the COVID crisis?
• How effective is school’s remote learning strategy? What has been learned from this and can continue to enhance the curriculum and
learning offer moving forwards?

Who should attend: All governors, but particularly curriculum focused governors.
TimingsPlease email to note interest in potential extra date6pm - 8pm£50.00
CourseGovernor Development Training
Led byBrian Beal
DetailsGood governance is key to the success of our schools, and with the educational landscape changing so rapidly, supporting and training our Governing Bodies has never been more vital. We are pleased to offer bespoke Governor Development training opportunities to all schools in our network. Our CPD facilitator Brian Beal, School Improvement Advisor, consultant with specific training and experience in issues of governance. It’s quite common to have to carry out a review of governance as a result of an Ofsted inspection report. So why not book a review before the inspection instead? Brian or one of our NLGs can devise tailored development sessions to address many aspects of current school governance, to be delivered at times and places to suit individual schools or local network requirements.

The options:
The constitution of Governing Bodies
Succession Planning for Governors
Possible follow-up discussion with governors / SLT to plan the detail of the review / self-review session (if agreed)
An initial discussion with the Chair and Headteacher to establish the context of the review, needs of the school and to identify key dates - is it in response to an Ofsted requirement, or in anticipation? Or at the school’s LA’s request?
Supported self-review session - includes summary feedback at the end of the meeting
Workshops on the Governors Handbook
Working with the Headteacher:
Behaviour and Discipline in Schools
Recruitment and retention of staff
The role of the Chair
Setting the Direction of the School, Vision, Accountability
How to Collaborate with other schools
Five Current Key Policy Issues
On-Line Responsibilities
Responses to Parents and Pupils
Draft report (for agreement with the Chair and Headteacher) to confirm strengths and areas for development.
Optional - draft action plan, or to work with the board to create one.

How it works:
Schools can choose from the options above to create a bespoke training programme to fit their Governing Bodies’ need. The school will pay a flat fee for the training and will then be responsible for liaising with Ed Lott on dates and hosting the training. Schools may invite other schools to join the training and share the cost where appropriate.

Costs will depend on the duration of training sessions and number of sessions required. As a guide, a one-off 3-hour twilight will cost £450. Alternatively, A review that includes the planning meeting, analysis of documentation, FGB facilitated self-review meeting and full report. The final report would be presented at a meeting to Chair / HT and others as determined at the planning meeting. Email for a quote on a two day package.

To book bespoke Governor training, please contact Andrea Taylor 01973 875050 Ext 2,
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