Church School Governance Training Programme (CSGTP)

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Run by Liverpool Hope University, this training programme is aimed at Governors and Trustees (Directors) in both church schools and schools with a distinctively Christian ethos. Click the button below to download the leaflet to find out more.

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BDBE Governors Conference 2020

For all Governors in Blackburn Diocesan Schools

Saturday 8th February 2020 9.30am – 12.30pm

Refreshments will be available from 9.00am

Venue: Fulwood St Cuthbert’s Church Centre Lytham Road Fulwood

Cost: £50.00 per governing board for members of BDBE family or £100.00 per governing board for non-members

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Annual Governors’ Evensong Service

Date: May 2020 – date TBC
Time: 4.00pm (refreshments available from 3.00pm)
Venue: Blackburn Cathedral
Cost: Free

This is a special service for all Governors at our Church Schools, to give thanks for your hard work and dedication, and to celebrate the role you play in the life of our schools. We would like to invite you beforehand to join us for tea and cakes at 3pm in the Temple Gallery at the Cathedral. To help with refreshments please book below by 1st May 2020

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Appeals Panel Training

For Chairs of Governors, Admission Committee Members, Head teachers & Appeal Panellists
Date: Thursday 11th July 2019
Time: 9:30am – 11:30am
Location: Clayton House, Blackburn
Deliverer: Daphne Durham
Cost: £85 per school

We are holding Training for all heads and chairs of governors who may be facing Appeal Panels over the next few months.
We will outline carefully the process, and help ensure that schools are as prepared as possible for the Appeals Panel.
We recommend that any head which has not undertaken this training for a number of years does come along.

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Successfully Negotiating the Admissions Process

November 2019 9.30am – 11.30am – date TBC
Refreshments available from 9.00am
Venue Diocesan Offices Clayton House, Walker Office Park, Blackburn, BB1 2QE

Managing and administering the Admissions Process is one of the most important roles of a Governing Board in a Voluntary Aided Schools.  As the Admissions Authority, the Governing Board has the responsibility to agree and set appropriate Admissions Criteria, to then ensure that the criteria is properly and fairly administered, and also to receive any appeals and to respond appropriately.

This is a serious undertaking with is tightly governed by legislation, and set out in the Admissions Code.  The Board of Education is here to help with training, with ensuring that Admissions Criteria are legal and appropriate, and that schools are well prepared for any Appeals.  Training for the Admissions round which begins in September 2018 will take place 

Cost £85.00 members of BDBE family up to 3 delegates or £150.00 up to 3 delegates for non-members

This is particularly relevant to new headteachers, Chairs of Governors, and any headteacher who has not been on the training for a number of years.

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New Governors Induction

Courses are now available for the Autumn, Spring and Summer Terms.

Venue: Diocesan Offices Clayton House, Walker Office Park, Blackburn, BB1 2QE

Cost £45.00 per governor for members of BDBE family or £100.00 per governor for non-members

To choose your date and book places on this training please complete the form below:

Booking Form for New Governors Induction 2019-2020

Friday 9th October 2019 - Clayton HouseWednesday 5th February 2020 Venue to be ConfirmedWednesday 6th May 2020 at Clayton House

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Payment Terms: £45 per person will be charged by invoice to the school for schools who pay into the Diocesan SLA

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be made by e-mail to at least 7 days before the conference otherwise the full amount will be charged

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