Governors’ Visits to School
Richard Tyndall, National Governors Association
The purpose of this session was to develop governors’ understanding of why they should visit their school, identifying the purpose for their visits, and the framework that needs to be established to enable effective visiting to take place. It included looking at developing knowledge of the school through visits, the policy and protocol around a visit and reflecting on making an impact.
Asking the right questions: developing the knowledge and understanding of how Governing bodies should question and challenge
Clare Collins, National Governors Association
The purpose of the session was to develop governors’ knowledge and understanding of how governing bodies question and challenge by:
- Clarifying expectations of governors
- Identifying the sort of governing body you are
- Looking at questioning and challenge in practice
- Reflecting on making an impact
Being a parent and a governor
Sue Nyman, Chair of Governors at Yavneh College
Being a school governor is a responsible and challenging role. Many governors in our schools are elected parent governors. Many governors, even if not parent governors, have children at the school where they are governor. This has particular challenges, both for the individuals and for the schools, which were addressed in this session and included:
- Why do you want to be a governor at a school which your child attends?
- A parent governor is a representative not a delegate of the parents – what are the implications of this for your behaviour as a governor?
- How do you behave when an issue arises in school in relation to your child?
- What do you do to remain independent and impartial?
What you would like your graduates to have learned from a Jewish perspective when they leave your school?
Rabbi Dr Eli Kohn, Director of Curriculum Development, Lookstein Center, Bar Ilan University
Using a school's mission statement as a starting point we looked at the values, beliefs, skills and knowledge we might expect a primary or secondary school graduate to have gained from their Jewish education.