Date(s) - 04/03/2021
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Building an effective professional relationship with your governing body to secure an ongoing focus on school improvement
A healthy, respectful and robust relationship between the Headteacher and their Chair of Governors and governing body is key to creating a dynamic culture of ongoing school improvement. Arguably, this is the most important professional relationship for any Headteacher.
This session will explore how to make the most of this relationship and to avoid the pitfalls; how to ensure clarity about governors’ roles as ‘critical friends’ and what this looks like in practice, as well as how to make the most of the expertise and externality that governors bring to the school. We will also touch on the relationship with the Trust Board for those Headteachers who are part of a multi-academy trust.
We will be joined by the Company Secretary at Ridgeway Education Trust, who heads up the Trust’s governance function, to talk about the importance of good administration, compliance and training to ensure that governance is as effective as possible.
The presenter | Rachael Warwick, Executive Headteacher of Ridgeway Education Trust
Rachael has worked for twenty-eight years in education. Starting out as an English teacher, she has spent the last twenty years, including two periods of maternity leave, as a senior leader. She was appointed as Headteacher of Didcot Girls’ School, a comprehensive all girls’ school in south Oxfordshire, in September 2010. Judged RI by Ofsted prior to her arrival the school was judged Outstanding in 2015. Rachael then became Executive Headteacher of Ridgeway Education Trust (RET): the Trust comprises Didcot Girls’ School, St Birinus Boys’ School, Sutton Courtenay Primary School and a Teaching School. The vision of the Trust is to provide an excellent education for all children and young people through high levels of professional trust and collaboration.
Rachael is an accredited NLE who has extensive experience of working with other schools to support ongoing school improvement. She currently works on a consultancy basis for River Learning Trust one day each week.
Rachael served as ASCL President in 2019-2020 and her theme for the year was equality, diversity and inclusion in school leadership. She is honoured to continue leading this work on behalf of ASCL in her role as Immediate Past President.
Accessing the online event
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Participation in the online event
Our online events aim to be interactive and you will be expected to have your camera and microphone on, although your microphone should be muted. We may use ‘Raised Hands’, ‘Reactions’, ‘Chat’, ‘Polls’, shared whiteboards and shared screens during the session. We may also use ‘Breakout Rooms’ to allow you to work in a smaller group. Please note this event will be recorded and made available to all ticket holders.
Cost includes VAT which may be recovered by schools.
£25 (plus VAT)
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