Governance Conference 2017



The Governance Services Team are pleased to invite governors and trustees to the 2017 Bolton Governance Conference to be held on Saturday 4 November 2017 from 8.30 am until 2.30 pm at Mercure Bolton Georgian House Hotel, Blackrod, Bolton. Registration will commence at 8.30 am with breakfast refreshments served.  A light lunch will also be provided at 11.55 am.

We are delighted to announce that Simon Ward will be providing the key-note speech on the conference theme - ‘Positive Futures for Children and Young People’.  This will then be followed by a series of workshops. Delegates will be able to choose two out of the three sessions provided, the subjects of which have been carefully selected around the conference theme. The final presentation of the day will be delivered by  Deb Lyons, E-Learning Consultant with the Bolton Schools’ IT Team.

Mental health and wellbeing is high on the agenda for the Government; in May 2017 the House of Commons Education and Health Committees published a report into the role of education in supporting the mental health of children and young people and made 13 recommendations to take this forward.  Governing and trust boards have a vital role to play when it comes to pupil wellbeing and the theme for the conference of “Positive Futures for Children and Young People” sets the focus for the discussions, presentations and workshops throughout the day.

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Conference Workshops

There will be the opportunity for delegates to attend a choice of two workshops from the list below. The subjects for the workshops have been carefully chosen around the conference theme, and will provide delegates with knowledge, information and practical advice pertinent to their role.

Workshop A: Realising Potential, Facing Challenge and Success (Separate Primary and Secondary Sessions)

The workshops will look at how schools can use various methods to boost resilience, courage, empathy and determination in children and young people in order to realise their potential. The different approaches could include a variety of methods to work with children in schools to support teaching staff to help boost achievement and behaviour with a unique approach to education and the traditional curriculum, and support attendance. One to one mentoring could also ensure that pupils facing even the toughest challenge are never left behind. The workshop will focus on how governors and trustees can support senior leaders in providing these alternative methods to ensure that the children and young people within their schools realise their potential, face a challenge and succeed, all contributing to their physical and mental wellbeing.

 Jo Linden, Head Teacher, Heathfield Primary School (Primary focused session)
Martin Knowles, Principal, Essa Academy (Secondary focused session)

Workshop B: Behaviour & Attendance: Barriers to Health & Wellbeing?

How well students behave in schools and regular attendance is crucial to how far they succeed, socially and academically. There are many tremendous schools doing a superb job and some schools that could improve a great deal. The Department for Education commissioned an independent review providing practical guidance to teachers about how to tackle bad behaviour in classrooms and the report was published in March 2017. This workshop will help governors and trustees understand how the leadership team within their school or academy uses various strategies in order to address bad behaviour and how they can provide the strategic view on creating a culture of positive behaviour and promoting good attendance and the impact this has on achievement

Steve Berryman, Local Authority Early Intervention Team and Paula Andrews, Local Authority Behaviour Support Team

Workshop C: Keeping our Children Safe: A Governance Overview

The governing or trust board has a vital role to play when it comes to pupils’ mental health and wellbeing; the first step should be to review whole school policies and procedures that help staff recognise and respond to mental health and emotional well being issues and ensure that pupils are kept safe in the educational environment This workshop will help governors and trustees understand the statutory guidance on keeping children safe in education; how to ensure that those policies and procedures are in place within school and what questions those with responsibility for governance should be asking around this issue.

Jacqui Parkinson, Local Authority Safeguarding in Education Officer


Booking and Charging Information

The conference is open to all governors and trustees within the Bolton family. Places are limited and bookings will be made on a first come, first served basis. As we are again using an external venue this year, we are unfortunately no longer able to provide any free places. Our rates are however extremely competitive and are preferential for delegates of governing boards and trusts buying into a Service Level Agreement.

For those boards that buy into the Governance Services Clerking and Support, or Training and Development Service Level Agreements (SLA) the cost will be £50 for the first delegate, and for any additional delegates a charge of £80 per person will be made.

For those governors and trustees whose boards do not buy into an SLA, a charge of £120 will be payable.

Charges will be met via the school budget and will not be charged to individual governors. Please ensure that you seek permission from your Chair or Head Teacher/Principal prior to booking.

Cancellation fees will apply for nonattendance or cancellation by the delegate within five working days of the conference date.

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