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Agenda Item No. 6

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Learning and Culture Scrutiny Committee: 19 September 2016

 

Report of the Managing Director

 

Governor Training Report for the 2015/16 Academic Year

 

Purpose of the Report

  1. To report on governor training for the 2015/16 academic year.

Recommendation

  1. That Scrutiny Committee (Learning and Culture) note the report.

Reason for the Recommendation

  1. This report was previously requested by the Chairman of Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning) and is now an annual item. It will be presented in September each year to report on governor training for the preceding academic year.

Background

  1. There are approximately 1,000 governors managing 57 schools within the Vale of Glamorgan. Governors play a key role in school improvement. Recent legislation introduced mandatory training for school governors from September 2013. The mandatory elements cover Induction, Data, Chair and Clerk training and as such are a major focus of our governor training programme.

Relevant Issues and Options

  1. In the 2015/16 academic year a total of 31 courses were held covering 11 different topics ranging from the twice yearly education update and briefing sessions for Chairs and experienced governors to Induction training for newly appointed governors. All courses are run at the Civic Offices, Barry at no cost and are delivered at various times, mostly during the evening to maximise attendance as many governors work during the day. Courses last around 2 hours each and whilst the method of delivery varies by course and trainer, interaction and sharing of good practice is positively encouraged to ensure the maximum benefit for attendees.
  2. A summary table of the data from the 437 completed evaluation forms for 31 governor training courses during the 2015/16 academic year is given below.

Question

% of good or

very good evaluations

1. How well did the course meet its stated aims and objectives?

97.6

2. How useful was the course content to your needs?

96.3

3. How effective were the course providers?

97.3

   
  1. As can be seen from the above table and Appendix 1, analysis of the completed evaluation forms indicates that a very high number of governors have rated the training (both mandatory and other topics) as either good or very good against each of the 3 questions asked on the form. An example of the evaluation form is given at Appendix 2.
  2. It can be seen from the table below that all three 2015/16 percentages have increased on the 2014/15 figures even though the 2015/16 figures cover more courses and more evaluation forms (437 evaluation forms from 31 courses in 2015/16 to 359 evaluations from 29 courses in 2014/15).
 

Q1

Q2

Q3

Courses

Evaluations

2014/15

97.20%

94.30%

95.80%

29

359

2015/16

97.60%

96.30%

97.30%

31

437

% difference

+0.40%

+2.00%

+1.50%

   

Difference

     

+2

+78

             
  1. The Central South Consortium (CSC) Directors of Education have decided that from September 2016 the CSC will deliver all the mandatory training elements (Induction, Data, Chair and Clerk) and the CSC has recruited staff for this purpose. The courses will continue to be delivered on a local basis i.e. within each Local Authority.
  2. Elearning for all the mandatory training elements continues to be available to any governors who cannot attend training sessions so every opportunity is available for governors to fulfil the mandatory requirements. Termly briefing sessions for governors on topical areas of interest will continue to be run by the CSC and details will be circulated direct to governors when available.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

  1. All the training is delivered by Council or Consortium employees at Council or Consortium venues so there are no additional costs for delivery. However, there are nominal costs for basic refreshments as most governors attend training sessions straight from work.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

  1. None directly arising from this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

  1. All Local Authorities must provide training for governors in accordance with The Education Measure (Wales) 2011 to enable them to fulfil their roles. Mandatory elements for Induction, Data, Chair and Clerk training are required by The Government of Maintained Schools (Training Requirements for Governors) (Wales) Regulations 2013.

Crime and Disorder Implications

  1. None directly arising from this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

  1. None directly arising from this report.

Corporate/Service Objectives

  1. Governor training is an essential component of the school improvement agenda and it is a statutory requirement that all Local Authorities provide it to enable governors to fulfil their roles effectively.

Policy Framework and Budget

  1. This is a matter for noting by the Scrutiny Committee (Learning and Culture).

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

  1. Ward member consultation is not applicable.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

  1. Learning and Culture.

Background Papers

The Education Measure (Wales) 2011

The Government of Maintained Schools (Training Requirements for Governors) (Wales) Regulations 2013

Contact Officer

John Sparks

Officer Consulted

Meryl Plummer, Lead Officer for School Improvement

 

Responsible Officer

Managing Director

 

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