The Harris Governor Training Programme

Harris Federation Governors play a key role in the life of our Academies and are fundamental to our Academies’ success. In order to support you in your role as Governor, the Harris Federation Teaching School Alliance is offering a Harris Governor Training Programme for 2017-2018.

Training and Development

Training and development is an essential element of being an effective governor. As well as providing networking opportunities with governors from other schools, training also supports governors in dealing with the many issues that can occur within our Academies.

Our trainers will cover topics such as: budgeting, curriculum, safeguarding, OFSTED, codes of practice, special educational needs (SEN) and the importance of effective data in assessment and evaluation. This will ensure that that our governors are kept up-to- date with national changes in education and are aware of what is required to support Academies in raising standards. We encourage you to sign up for as many programmes as possible during 2017–2018 academic year.









Introduction to Governance (1)

An introduction for new governors and new Chairman of Governors giving an overview of their roles and responsibilities.  It includes:

What is the Harris Federation, how does it work and how does it benefit your academy? 

The Department for Education Competency Framework for Governance and the Ofsted Inspection Handbook section on the role of governors. 

An introduction to both the primary and secondary accountability measures (held in separate groupings) so that they better understand the progress their academy is making. 

This is Part 1 of a series of 3 induction sessions for new governors held throughout the year.

New governors and new Chairman of Governors.


Any governor wishing to refresh their training.

Sir Dan Moynihan, CEO

Beverley Johnston Chairman of Governors Harris Orpington & Garrard,

Carolyn English, Director of Secondary Education

Sabeena Hasan, Director of Primary Education

6pm – 8pm

Harris Westminster

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Understanding an Academy Budget

An important session for members of the Finance and General Purposes Committee (Local governor’s sub-committee).


Alberta Edland, Senior Finance Business Partner


Harris Westminster

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Preparing for Ofsted Inspection: What Governors need to know and to do.

This session will cover the governors’ roles in relation to Ofsted and more importantly, how governors can contribute to an Ofsted inspection and the types of questions they might be asked.


Dan Moynihan, CEO &

Beverley Johnston Chairman of Governors Harris Orpington & Garrard

6.30pm – 8pm

Harris Westminster

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The Governor’s role in the Exclusions process

How to hear an exclusion and the law relating to this.


Sir Dan Moynihan, CEO

6pm – 7.30pm

Harris Federation

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Safeguarding Essentials and Health & Safety for Governors

This session will explore the roles and responsibilities of the Governing Body in relation to safeguarding, the challenges Academies face and how this relates to Ofsted.  It will also give an overview of relevant Health & Safety legislation for governors including risk assessments.


Carolyn English, Director of Secondary Education and

Laura Stoneman, Health & Safety and Assets Project Manager

6pm – 8pm

Harris Westminster

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National College resources and guidance for Governors' training workshops

Click here to access useful resources and guidance from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) regarding Governors' training workshops.

Contact us

If you have any questions, contact us on 0208 253 7787 or