Mentoring and Development Programme for Governance Professionals

We have been commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE) to design and deliver a framework of learning and development for the governance professionals of FE and Sixth Form college governing bodies.

There has been little or no professional or strategic development for clerks within the FE sector since the removal of the FE Clerks Qualification – nearly 10 years ago. The role of an effective governance professional has expanded to technical adviser and strategic enabler, a critical role in meeting the administrative and procedural requirements of Boards and enabling efficient, effective discussion and decision making.

This programme is now in its second year and recruitment to all 3 strands will commence at the start of the new academic year.

This programme aims to induct and mentor those who are new to clerking / governance (and possibly the FE sector), having taken up post within the last 18 months. The induction enables governance professionals to understand what their role is, what is expected of them and how this role should develop over a period of time.

The programme will be delivered on the following dates:  

  • 14 September 2021 (whole day) 
  • 12 October 2021 (half day) 
  • 23 November 2021 (half day) 
  • 18 January 2022 (half day)

Mentoring sessions will take place over 6 months. Participants will be matched with an experienced governance professional who will provide unique and personalised support. 

This programme builds on the induction and mentoring programme for governance professionals. This programme should act as a refresher for existing governance professionals, more experienced governance professionals and those who are keen to learn more. 

This programme will be delivered on the following dates: 

  • 15 September 2021 (whole day) 
  • 13 October 2021 (whole day) 
  • 24 November 2021 (whole day) 
  • 19 January 2022 (whole day) 

Participants will also have access to an online modular programme to focus on the technical aspects of their role. 

This development programme has been designed in collaboration with Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Strand 3 has been designed as the higher level training programme for Governance Professionals with sessions delivered by Further Education Practitioners and Oxford Faculty.

Governance Professionals will gain a heightened understanding of FE Governance and an improved ability to act as trusted advisor for their Boards.

Participating Governance Professionals will also be supported by a tutor during and after the programme.

Sessions cover the following themes:

  • Role of a governance professional: in the FE context.
  • Insights into board dynamics: the governance professional, Chair, CEO, and the Board.
  • Decision making within boards.
  • Strategic leadership and adaptive approaches to governance challenges.

Tutorials will take place three, six, and nine months following the programme.

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