‘All boards are responsible for identifying the induction and other ongoing training and development they need – including for those with specific responsibilities……’

’The board’s code of conduct should set an ethos of professionalism and high expectations of everyone involved in governance, including an expectation that they undertake whatever training or development activity is needed to fill any gaps in the skills they have to contribute to effective governance.’

‘Ofsted HMIs will consider the commitment of governors/trustees to their own development as part of the judgement on the effectiveness of leadership and management.’

‘Governance Handbook’ - DfE Revised March 2019

All governance boards, no matter what type of schools or how many schools they govern, have three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils,

       and the effective and efficient performance management of staff, and

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent


These are increasingly challenging roles; especially so during current circumstances, therefore it is vital that you have access to the

highest quality professional development opportunities and advice, guidance and support to fulfil these core functions effectively.

The RoSIS School Governance Prospectus (which can be downloaded here) aims to meet those needs.  The Prospectus provides

details of the range of professional development opportunities facilitated by RoSIS to support you to continue to develop your

governance knowledge and skills.  The ‘core’ programme will continue to be developed throughout the course of the year in light of

specific feedback from governance boards, individual board members and clerks and also as a consequence of changing national

priorities and guidance. You will be reassured to know that our professional development opportunities are current and up-to-date

and support the needs of effective governance in all categories of schools.  Where there are significant differences in the way

LA-maintained schools and academy trusts are governed, we are offering bespoke courses to address these differences.

Booking onto Courses and Programmes is essential

We have taken a decision in light of the current circumstances to ensure the continuance of CPD virtually.  We know schools are also adjusting to the new ways of working so we are tweaking our delivery timetable to allow a settling in period.  We have successfully facilitated CPD and network opportunities online since the start of the pandemic and believe that this method is the most efficient for the autumn term at least.  All of our courses are being delivered via Microsoft Teams, therefore it is vital that you book your place in advance to ensure that you can be sent an electronic invitation to access specific courses.  All our courses (apart from the Governance Forum, which is only open to subscribing schools and academies) are open to board members, executive leaders and clerks irrespective of whether your school/academy has subscribed to the RoSIS Traded Offer for 2020/21:

  • For board members, executive leaders and clerks from schools/academies that have subscribed to the RoSIS Baseline Membership or have subscribed separately to the Governance Development Package for the 2020/21 academic year, the cost of accessing any of our professional development opportunities is included within your subscription fee.  There is no limit on the number of courses an individual board member can attend or on the number of board members from your governance board that can attend each course, subject to a capacity for a specific course.  To ensure best value for money you are encouraged to make extensive use of the range of development opportunities available this year

  • For board members, executive leaders and clerks who are from schools/academies that have not subscribed to either of the above packages for the 2020/21 academic year, you can still access all of the professional development opportunities within the Prospectus (with the exception of the Governance Forum, as stated above), however a delegate fee will be charged to your school/academy for all events that are booked, regardless of whether or not you actually participate.  The delegate fee for accessing any of our programmes and courses is outlined within each relevant course descriptor.  You are therefore advised to consult with your school/academy before booking to ensure that it is willing to fund your attendance at any such course.

How to book

Booking on to any course is easy.  In the Prospectus there is a course chronology page and individual course pages and on all these

pages you will find the booking links.  Also, a full calendar of courses for the current academic year is available on our website here

Alternatively, if you have any problems booking through the relevant link, places for any courses can be booked by emailing the team

at rosis@rotherham.gov.uk.  Please provide your name and the school/academy at which you are a board member. As soon as a booking

has been generated, you will receive an email confirming your booking.  Up to one week before the course is due to run, you will receive

a second email reminding you of your booking.


What if I need to cancel my booking?

If you have enrolled onto a course and then find you cannot attend, please inform us as soon as possible by email, even on the day of the course if necessary. 

If the course is oversubscribed this may enable another person to attend in your place.  Full course fees will be applied for non-attendance or non-cancellation prior to the course date for board members from non-subscribing schools and academies.

Full booking terms and conditions can be found here.


Information regarding the NGA Learning Link >>

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2020/2021 Calendar

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