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BESST Governor Training

BESST Governor Training

Financial Year 2023/24

Governor training is a vital element in every governing board’s effectiveness.  For 2023/24 we encourage all boards to subscribe to the NGA’s Learning Link e-learning platform to ensure that all governors access a quality induction and information about all aspects of governance.

In addition, BESST will offer a select programme of live virtual sessions for all governors throughout the academic year on a pay as you go basis, designed to supplement the national training offered by the NGA and provide a Buckinghamshire expert view on specific key topics where the county view is essential. Buckinghamshire Council’s ‘Introduction to Safeguarding in Schools’ live online sessions will be run at least twice during the academic year 2023/24, free of charge. Additionally, a new governor induction checklist and guide are available to all governors on SchoolsWeb, free of charge 

Bespoke Whole Governing Board Training  is available to governing boards that purchase a platinum or gold governor support package from BESST. Our School Improvement Advisors and selected partners can offer one Whole Governing Board Training session in the year 2023/24. Sessions are 2 hours in duration, delivered face to face or virtually, depending on your requirements, by a Buckinghamshire expert on a topic of your choosing from the following options: 

  • Equality and Diversity  
  • Safeguarding  
  • The strategic role of the governing board   
  • Effective governance of teaching and learning   
  • Disadvantaged pupil provision  
  • The governors’ role in School Improvement  


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Preparing for an Ofsted Inspection - A Guide for Bucks Governors 

This session will help all governors to learn from the key strengths and weaknesses identified in recent local inspections. 


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Setting the Culture, Values and Ethos for your School

Whether you are new to school governance or an experienced governor, this course will give you knowledge and tools to help you in setting a clear vision, bringing it to life through culture, values and ethos and monitoring progress.


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