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Governor Development Programme - what's next?

CSSC Governor Development Programme 2023/2024

Due to the high level of interest expressed in the CSSC Ethos events for governors during 2022/23, we will repeat the delivery of the two separate governor development sessions specifically for governors of controlled schools in the 2023/24 academic year. Whilst both sessions will focus on the unique and inclusive nature of ethos in controlled schools, each individual session will consider different aspects of ethos (see description below for detail). Please note these sessions will be offered as virtual events and governors of controlled schools can choose to attend one or both.

Session 1: will commence with reflection on the importance of ethos and how to develop a shared ethos. Guidance on how to evaluate school ethos will also be considered and links between ethos, vision, mission and values will be explored. The session will examine the importance of how they contribute towards fostering and developing ethos on a whole school basis and in particular will look at a school’s ethos statement. Governors will also consider how a school’s ethos journey can be charted, evaluated and in some cases challenged in controlled schools.

Governor Training 3 October (7.00pm – 8.30pm) register here. 

Session 2: will explore how school ethos can be embedded in all aspects of school life, consideration will be given to the roles of key stakeholders in school who lead ethos on a day to day basis along with the importance of ensuring the ethos is fully inclusive. The session will examine the importance of relationships and how Governors make a significant contribution through this critical element of the school ethos. Governors will consider how a trauma informed approach can enhance their school ethos and how adopting such approaches can support the resilience of the whole school community. Governors will be encouraged to evaluate current support for the emotional health and wellbeing of staff and reflect on the opportunities which present to strengthen these supports and contribute to school improvement. 

Governor Training 17 October (7.00pm – 8.30pm) register here.

Alternatively, CSSC will also deliver the development sessions to individual school Boards of Governors. Each session can be delivered in its entirety or a bespoke combination of sessions can be agreed to meet the needs of individual schools.

We recognise the invaluable contribution governors make to ethos within controlled schools and look forward to working in partnership with you. For those who have attended these events we welcome suggestions for further development of our ethos programme for Governors.

For further information on any aspect of our governor training, please contact Heather McKenzie, Schools Support Officer on Mobile no. 077397 43290.

Do you want to know more about what's involved? Watch some of the below videos to give you an idea of what was covered in governor development sessions. 

Bobby Thompson, Chair of Governors at Ballyclare Nursery School, in conversation with CSSC Schools' Support Officer Tracey Woods, discusses the importance of the relationship between the Chair and the Principal in developing and strengthening school ethos.


Maeve Maxwell, Chair of Governors at Roddensvale School, in conversation with Schools' Support Officer Tracey Woods, discusses the impact that parent governors can have on developing and strengthening a school ethos.


Chris Dorrian, Chair of Governors at Silverstream PS, in conversation with Schools' Support Officer Tracey Woods, discusses the importance of relationships and trust in developing and strengthening a school ethos.


Diane Rathfield, Chair of Governors at Limavady High School, in conversation with School Support Officer Derek Harkness, discusses the importance of ‘openness’ in helping governors to support the school leadership team as they develop and strengthen the school ethos.