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Leadership and governance development programmes for the FE sector

In partnership with the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) and the Department for Education (DfE), the IoD will be working with college Chairs and governance professionals across England to deliver an enriching development experience.

Our approach will not only develop the knowledge, skills and mindset of participants but also have a positive and lasting impact on the effectiveness of college corporation boards and the sector overall.

The Chairs’ Leadership Programme provides a unique opportunity for college Chairs and aspiring Chairs to reflect on their role, develop their performance, and ultimately enhance the value they add to the board and their wider organisation. This will support the government’s strategy of developing a highly trained cadre of board members of FE and sixth form colleges, thereby enhancing performance and strengthening governance within the sector.

The Governance Professionals’ Leadership Programme is designed for clerks to boards, company secretaries and those fulfilling similar roles. The governance professional has a critical role to play in meeting the administrative and procedural requirements of the board, as well as being the trusted adviser – enabling efficient, effective discussion and decision-making. 

Chairs’ Leadership
Programme

This 2.5-day residential programme, developed with the IoD, explores the role of the college Chair and the impact that they can have as a member of the board and within the wider organisation. In addition to the residential element, participants will complete a strength’s profiling diagnostic tool, participate in action learning sets, and receive coaching. Full IoD membership is also included as part of the programme fee.

Who is the course for?

This course is open to current and aspiring Chairs in the FE and training sector.

Training aim

The programme brings together the IoD’s experience and insight into chairing senior leadership groups with issues that organisational chairs are facing, for example, Covid-19, Brexit implications, and the ESG/sustainability agenda. Prior to the programme, all participants will complete a strengths profiling tool which will identify existing strengths along with possible development areas, as well as providing insight into the individual’s personal leadership approach.

Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their roles as governance leaders throughout the programme and following its completion, participate in virtual action learning sets and receiving coaching. In addition, all participants will be eligible for full IoD membership and can obtain an Award-level qualification if they take and pass the IoD’s Leadership for Directors exam.

Learning outcomes

Having completed this programme, the participant will be able to:

  1. Manage and develop a team, build a relationship with the Principal/CEO, and plan for succession and other changes.
  2. Describe the roles and responsibilities of a governance professional and how to work together most effectively.
  3. Outline the governance role in college improvement.
  4. Guide and influence team members when required, as well as leading the board in effectively challenging the college on its performance.
  5. Assess their own effectiveness, along with the board’s, while being aware of biases.
  6. Manage boardroom dynamics and resolve tensions and conflicts which may evolve.
  7. Serve as a powerful ambassador for the college, be actively engaged with stakeholders, and create and sustain their own networks.

Length

The 2.5-day residential programme is held at Ettington Park Hotel near Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire. Full board accommodation is included in the programme fee.

Prior to the programme, participants will be required to complete a strengths profiling tool. Following the residential component, participants will receive coaching and participate in five action learning sets, which will take place virtually during a six-month timeframe.

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Governance Professionals' Leadership Programme

This 2.5-day residential programme, developed with the IoD, explores the role of the governance professional, how they can become an authoritative voice on governance, while providing effective support for the chair and the wider board. In addition to the residential element, participants will complete a strength’s profiling diagnostic tool and participate in action learning sets. IoD Associate membership is also included as part of the programme fee.

Who is the course for?

This course is open to governance professionals in the further education and training sector.

Training aim

This programme, developed with the ETF, will help develop the governance professional’s leadership capabilities, enabling them to anticipate and resolve strategic problems, support the Chair and the development of an effective board, while serving as an authoritative voice and trusted adviser on governance. Prior to the course, all participants will complete a strengths profiling tool which will identify existing strengths along with possible development areas, as well as providing insight into the individual’s personal leadership approach.

Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their roles as governance leaders throughout the course and following its completion by participating in virtual action learning sets, which will take place virtually over a six-month timeframe.

Learning outcomes

Having completed this programme, the participant will be able to:

  1. Become an authoritative voice on governance and regulation.
  2. Exercise authority over and accountability for the governance function.
  3. Provide effective support for the Chair through deep understanding of issues of boardroom dynamics and the interpersonal skills necessary to be the trusted adviser of all in the boardroom.
  4. Anticipate strategic problems, engage with the right people, and mobilise resources to solve them.
  5. Are solutions-driven and demonstrates tenacity, resilience, and persistence in reaching the right decision.
  6. Use networks for support on sensitive or difficult matters to avoid professional isolation.

Entry requirements

It is expected that those participating will have gained a governance qualification or attended relevant training on governance (such as through The Chartered Governance Institute or the ETF Governance Professionals’ Expert programme) prior to joining this programme.

Length

The 2.5-day residential programme is held at Ettington Park Hotel near Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire. Full board accommodation is included in the course fee.

Prior to the course, participants will be required to complete a strengths profiling tool. Following the residential component, participants will participate in five action learning sets, which will take place virtually during a six-month timeframe.

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About the Education and Training Foundation

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) is the expert body for professional development and standards in Further Education (FE) and Training in England. Its role is to commission and deliver professional learning and development for teachers, leaders and trainers to support government policy and meet sector needs. The charitable purpose is to improve education and training for learners aged 14 and over.

It believes that the key to improving education and training is to support teachers and their leaders to excel.

Everything it does is in pursuit of its vision of:

  • Highly effective, professionally confident teachers and trainers
  • First class leadership of the sector
  • FE as the career of choice for ambitious professionals who wish to make a difference.

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020 7766 2601

Training team


"We are delighted to be working with the Education and Training Foundation and the DfE to support chairs and governance professionals in the FE sector by providing access to our world class professional development programmes."

Jon Geldart, Director General, IoD


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