This DfE-funded programme is aimed at developing the skills of both new and existing board members and, where appropriate, clerks/company secretaries in Further Education and Sixth Form Colleges. Some elements may also be applicable to other types of FE provider. The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has commissioned the Association of Colleges to develop this comprehensive training programme for college governors.
The GDP provides a structured yet flexible approach to learning for board members and clerks/company secretaries either as they begin their roles or for experienced members of governing bodies and governance professionals to develop to become more specialised and add substantial value to the organisations and students which they serve.
The following short podcasts give a taster of the materials covered more fully in the programme:
Face to face modules
P1: Leading a committee
27 June, Leeds - spaces left on morning workshop only
This free face to face workshop (09:00 -12:30) is tailored for Governors who are considering chairing a committee, are in a Vice Chair role, or have recently become Chair of a Committee. This interactive workshop offers plenty of opportunity for structured discussion with peers as well as practical tools to take back to your board.
Interactive online modules
ETF are currently offering free access to the first phase of online, self-directed and podcast modules, through Foundation Online Learning.
How to access:
- You need a Foundation Online Learning account to access, please click here to register (it’s free) and follow the instructions.
- Follow the link to access the online pilot modules via the Foundation Online Learning website. (You need to be signed in to access this link)
- When asked for a key to access, please use: GDPPILOT
The following modules are available:
- C1a Understanding your role and the role of the board
This core level module is an essential introduction to your role as a governor, recommended for any new governors. It is an interactive online module, which should take about 30 minutes to complete, followed by a short online assessment.
- C9 Financial management for board members
This core level module is recommended for any new governors, especially those without a financial background. It is an essential introduction to college finances. It is an interactive online module, which should take about 30 minutes to complete, followed by a short online assessment.
- P7 Strategic financial management and understanding funding
This proficient level module allows participants to explore their college finances in greater depth and detail. It is a self-directed module, which a governor can download and work through offline, with the support of their governance professional. It is followed by a short online assessment.
- C10 Understanding board responsibilities for the workforce
This core level module is recommended for any new governors. It is a podcast module, featuring Chairs, Principals and a governance professional discussing a range of topics. Once completed, there is a self-reflective evaluation for governors to complete.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org