Governance professional development
The independent schooling sector is diverse with many organisational and governing arrangements. Governing bodies of independent schools face the challenge in understanding and governing in a complex regulatory and economically competitive environment. The skills and experiences of governors are critical to the growth, health and innovative spirit of the sector and for education provision.
Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) offer school governors a broad range of technical programs and specialist training, structured modules and short courses as well as customised consultancy services, to assist directors to build and improve their capacity in school governance practices. The programs and specialist training can be adapted to suit the specific requirements of your board and senior executives and are all supported by reference material and resources.
New and existing directors are encouraged to contact ISQ to tailor an appropriate individual program and to also consider training together as a whole board. Boards undertaking board training as a group benefit by engaging with each other with an expert facilitator who can use circumstances and examples relevant to your school.
ISQ’s Governance Program
The ISQ Governance Program, which has been designed specifically for independent schools, is a comprehensive in-depth professional development program comprising of 12 key modules offered through four short courses. Each Short Course (3 modules) is a full-day of training and can be used as meeting the professional learning requirements of several professional and governance bodies.
Short Course 1: Practising Good Governance
- Defining Governance Roles Understand the legal and governance roles of boards.
- Legal Environment and Directors Duties Understand the complex legal environment of independent school boards and the legal and fiduciary duties of directors.
- Decision Making Supported by Board Processes Understand board decision making processes and tools to support.
Short Course 2: Monitoring Good Governance
- Financial Reporting Understand financial literacy for not-for-profit organisations. Participants are encouraged to undertake ISQ's online learning course in Governance Finances (via Connect&Learn) prior to completing this Short Course.
- Monitoring Financial Performance Understand financial performance for independent schools.
- CEO/Principal Governance and Executive Oversight Understand the board’s role in executive oversight and development.
Short Course 3: Planning Good Governance
- Strategy Planning Understand the board’s role in strategy, articulating that strategy and developing performance measures to monitor progress and delivery of strategic imperatives.
- Risk Management Framework Understand the board’s role in articulating risk appetite and monitoring risk.
- Compliance and Policy Framework Understand the compliance responsibilities of boards, policy requirements and the development of compliance and policy checklists.
Short Course 4: Sustaining Good Governance
- Stakeholder Engagement and Networking Understand the importance and value of networks and the establishment of a stakeholder engagement template.
- Board Effectiveness Understand the elements of board performance evaluation, remuneration, induction, succession planning, professional development and director protection.
- Boardroom Dynamics Understand how director behaviour and the dynamics of behaviour can have an effect on the decision making and performance of boards.
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