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Building an effective working relationship with your Local Governing Body

Seminar Brief

There is no doubt that whilst the high stakes nature of inspection persists, schools and those who work within schools will view them as intensely stressful. However, there are leadership tools that can be drawn on to help smooth the inspection wave and prevent staff from being overwhelmed.

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In this seminar Andy will explore:

•    What leadership skills and tools school leaders can draw on to create        a whole school culture to be the best version of themselves during            inspection
•    How this culture can be embedded across the school long term to              create an effective and sustainable learning environment
•    What SBLs can practically do to support Head/SLT during an                      inspection process
•    How to engage those staff in non child facing roles to develop their          sense of purpose in contributing to an effective outcome
•    How the inspection week can be managed to ensure that all staff not        just survive but thrive

This will be an interactive workshop exploring some of the tools as discussed, drawing on Andy’s 10 previous inspections - the last of which saw the school move from requires improvement to outstanding.

Take home points:

 National Wellbeing Director Schools Advisory Service


Strategic Lead

Carnegie Centre of Excellence Leeds Beckett University

Andy Mellor

About the speaker:

Andy is the National Wellbeing Director for Schools Advisory Service and on 1st May 2021 took on an additional role as the strategic lead for the Centre of Excellence in Mental Health in Schools based at Leeds Beckett University. 
He is a past President of the NAHT and was, until December 2019, headteacher of the outstanding rated St Nicholas C of E Primary School in Blackpool. 
He was also a National Leader of Education, having worked in Blackpool schools for 22 years and also created the Blackpool Teaching School Alliance.

Seminar Brief

Effective collaboration with the Local Governing Body (LGB) is essential for School Business Leaders. Join us for a session that provides practical guidance on building strong working relationships with your LGB. Learn about the qualities of a good chair, reporting in meetings, dealing with difficult governors, and setting up efficient systems and processes for scrutiny and accountability. Attendees will gain valuable insights into fostering productive partnerships with their LGBs.

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In this seminar clare will explore:

•    Why it is important to this relationship at an early stage
•    Strategies for building strong working relationships with your LGB, fostering collaboration and alignment
•    Practical guidance on setting up efficient systems and processes for scrutiny and accountability, enhancing the effectiveness of your partnership with the LGB

Take home points:

•    Qualities of a good chair and effective strategies for reporting in meetings.
•    Techniques for dealing with difficult governors and fostering productive partnerships with the LGB
•    Insights into setting up efficient systems and processes for scrutiny and accountability within your school governance structure

This session is for:

business manager

clare skinner

About the speaker:

Clare Skinner is the business manager at Kings Norton Girls’ School & Sixth Form, a single academy trust in Birmingham. She has worked in education as an SBP since July 2013 and comes from a business banking and food/fashion retail management background. Clare has a business degree, has a Level 5 DSBM and recently achieved her CIFPA/ISBL Level 7 Diploma in School Financial & Operational Leadership. Clare has extensive experience in financial and budget management, HR, estates, H&S and GDPR and feels passionately about sharing knowledge with and supporting the SBP community. In her spare time, Clare is a member of small primary MAT in Worcestershire, tries to get to the gym 3-4 times per week and relaxes with a glass (or three) of red!

SBMs and other finance staff

This session can be attended at:
EdExec LIVE West Midlands

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