School governors gather for conference and workshops to share best practise across Cornwall

More than fifty school Governors from across Cornwall have gathered for a conference and a series of training workshops at Truro College.

The conference is part of a comprehensive programme of events for schools across the region, organised by The Cornwall Teaching School, which is led by Truro and Penwith College, the only Further Education College nationally to be awarded Teaching School status.

Jackie Eason, National Leader of Governance, delivered a keynote speech at the event – entitled Changing Landscapes - which was organised by the Cornwall Teaching School as part of its professional development programme for Governors.

Dr Jenny Blunden, Chief Executive of Truro and Penwith Academy Trust (TPAT), welcomed the delegates at the event, where around half of the audience were governors from TPAT partner schools keen to learn the latest developments in school data, finance and safeguarding, among others.

Dr Blunden said: “In times of change, school governance at Trustee and local level is more important than ever before. I am delighted with the success of the Governor conference; the depth of commitment from school communities across Cornwall was really impressive.”

Helen Argall, Cornwall Teaching School Lead, who helped to set-up the event, added: “This is the first time we have organised a conference as part of our Governor training programme and I am delighted that so many people attended.

“We organised an extensive range of workshops to reflect the diverse training needs of Governors and these included sessions on safeguarding, understanding and using school data, finance, supporting senior leader performance management, the Pupil Premium and many more. These workshops were led by consultants, experienced Governors, headteachers and senior leaders.

“It’s vital that Governors have access to relevant and up to date information so that they can fulfil their responsibilities effectively. The aim of this event was to ensure that they can confidently undertake their roles and continue to lead and support their schools and academies.”

Attendees labelled the conference a resounding success with one commenting: “Another brilliant afternoon of learning and sharing. Every time I learn something else on training days like yesterday, it adds to the tool box of governance.”

Truro and Penwith College Principal David Walrond said: “Three quarters of secondary schools and two thirds of primary schools have now attended our Teaching School events. They enable the College and its many school partners to share and develop best practice across the county.

“Governors in education across Cornwall are doing incredibly important work for their local communities and in some very challenging funding circumstances. A supportive event which acknowledged that fact and allowed them to exchange ideas and develop their roles further has proved a very popular addition to the Teaching School offer.”