ETF Governance Development Programme


 

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:

Taster podcast one     Taster podcast two

Programme content

Interactive online modules

ETF are currently offering free access to the online, self-directed and podcast modules, through Foundation Online Learning. 

How to access:

  1. You need a Foundation Online Learning account to access, please click here to register (it’s free) and follow the instructions.
  2. 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)
  3. 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 

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 training@aoc.co.uk