BSME Governance Training
This 4-part training series on effective governance is based on good practice observed in the UK and internationally, tailored to the context of schools in the Middle East. The overview of the course is outlined below but the exact content of each session has been determined in consultation with a small steering group of BSME heads and governors.
Session 1 is set in the context of schools in the Middle East and North Africa. We refer to ‘governors’ as a shorthand term for those exercising the governance function in different contexts to include, for example, proprietors or directors. We explore the principles and characteristics of good governance. We also identify the key functions of governance and the characteristics needed for those engaged in governance from a variety of sources, including BSO inspectorates and serving heads (90 mins)
Session 2 outlines governors’ responsibilities in terms of inspection and other requirements, and explores what kinds of data they need to see and how to interrogate it (60 mins)
Session 3 explores the relationship with the principal or head, including how to approach the appointment, what constitutes ‘critical friendship’ and how to balance providing both challenge and support in order to get the best out of him or her (60 mins)
Session 4 looks at the role of governors as the guardians of the school’s aims and values, how this relates to the setting of strategy and how to monitor the implementation of a strategic plan (60 mins).
Cost: £175 per person
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