42 episodes

Open, honest and transparent discussions about Governance in the Education (specifically in the UK and International British Schools). This podcast is hosted by school governors, for school governors - whether you are new, experienced or prospective governors and academy trustees. We share and provide insight into the realities of sitting around the governing board table and leaning in. Find us @thegovernorspodcast on social media

The Governors' Podcast Onevma Productions

    • Education
    • 4.7 • 14 Ratings

Open, honest and transparent discussions about Governance in the Education (specifically in the UK and International British Schools). This podcast is hosted by school governors, for school governors - whether you are new, experienced or prospective governors and academy trustees. We share and provide insight into the realities of sitting around the governing board table and leaning in. Find us @thegovernorspodcast on social media

    Agenda Item 39 - Meeting Minutes… Writing for Hours but Reading in Seconds? | #TheGovernorsPodcast

    Agenda Item 39 - Meeting Minutes… Writing for Hours but Reading in Seconds? | #TheGovernorsPodcast

    For today's Single Item Agenda (episode), we discuss;
    Meeting packs (meeting papers) that school governors and academy trustees receive to read in preparation for upcoming governing board meetingsThe importance of the agenda item ‘Minutes of the Previous Meeting’ and how to approach it - Don’t simply scroll, skip or skim past this paper!The process of taking minutes, reading and approving minutes - plus tracking the actions, including Chair’s actions, compliance actions, noting the person responsible, setting deadline datesWhat annoys clerks and governance professionalsNeurodiversity, inclusivity and accessibility - How best to write, construct and style minutes and meeting papers to consider the readers / target audience
    Thank you for tuning into our show. We appreciate you, our listeners.
    Please rate, review and subscribe to our podcast.


    National Association of Schools and College Clerks (NASCC) - https://www.nascc.co.uk/ 
    National Black Governors Network (NBGN) - https://nbgn.co.uk/ 
    CONNECT WITH US
    Email: thegovernorspodcast@gmail.com 
    Twitter (@thegovernorspod)
    https://twitter.com/TheGovernorsPod 
    Instagram (@thegovernorspodcast)
    https://www.instagram.com/thegovernorspodcast/
    Facebook (@thegovernorspodcast)
    https://www.facebook.com/thegovernorspodcast/
    #TheGovernorsPodcast


    YOUR HOSTS:
    Sharon Warmington (School Governor; Qualified Corporate Governance Practitioner) 
    Olivia D Hinds (Member of the Joint Advisory Education and Safeguarding Group of a MAT; LGB Committee Chair for Teaching and Learning; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Link Governor; and Wellbeing Champion)


    ADDITIONAL NOTES:
    The Governors' Podcast (TGP) is a brand of Education Governance Solutions Limited 
    TGP is sponsored by GovernorHub/Knowledge
    https://governorhub.com/ | https://thehoot.news/
    Current release schedule: Term time Wednesdays @ 7am (approx. 1-2 per month).
    TGP defines its 'Seasons' by UK academic years (September to July) and episodes are called ‘Agenda Items’.
    Artwork and Production - Onevma Limited
    Theme Music - Hertz Beats, UK Producer

    • 52 min
    Agenda Item 38 - Getting Over the Load | #TheGovernorsPodcast

    Agenda Item 38 - Getting Over the Load | #TheGovernorsPodcast

    For today's Single Item Agenda (episode), as we acknowledge 3 years of the podcast, we discuss;
    Transitioning from the end of the autumn term to the beginning of the spring term and how to ensure we retain our current volunteers and encourage others to joinThe volume of emails from mailing list subscriptions in the education governance space and managing your inboxes to avoid overload and overwhelm - how to implement filtering practices to determine what to action and when to respondHow organisations can manage their mailing lists and consider different email marketing and email communication strategies - Emailing services implementing stricter regulationsHow to take back control - creating and upholding (digital) boundaries; communicating during your own working hours; setting up protected time and space incl. using the Do Not Disturb feature on your devices to manage reactions to notificationsImproving self awareness: Evaluating self, having standards and resetting your habits to make progress forward, incl. learning styles, communication styles, chairing skills
    Thank you for tuning into our show. We appreciate you, our listeners.
    Please rate, review and subscribe to our podcast.


    National Association of Schools and College Clerks (NASCC) - https://www.nascc.co.uk/ 
    National Black Governors Network (NBGN) - https://nbgn.co.uk/ 
    CONNECT WITH US
    Email: thegovernorspodcast@gmail.com 
    Twitter (@thegovernorspod)
    https://twitter.com/TheGovernorsPod 
    Instagram (@thegovernorspodcast)
    https://www.instagram.com/thegovernorspodcast/
    Facebook (@thegovernorspodcast)
    https://www.facebook.com/thegovernorspodcast/
    #TheGovernorsPodcast


    YOUR HOSTS:
    Sharon Warmington (School Governor; Qualified Corporate Governance Practitioner) 
    Olivia D Hinds (Member of the Joint Advisory Education and Safeguarding Group of a MAT; LGB Committee Chair for Teaching and Learning; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Link Governor)


    ADDITIONAL NOTES:
    The Governors' Podcast (TGP) is a brand of Education Governance Solutions Limited 
    TGP is sponsored by GovernorHub/Knowledge
    https://governorhub.com/ | https://thehoot.news/
    Current release schedule: Term time Wednesdays @ 7am (approx. 1-2 per month).
    TGP defines its 'Seasons' by UK academic years (September to July) and episodes are called ‘Agenda Items’.
    Artwork and Production - Onevma Limited
    Theme Music - Hertz Beats, UK Producer

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Agenda Item 37 - Sitting on Both Sides of an Exclusion Panel with Shekeila Scarlett | #TheGovernorsPodcast

    Agenda Item 37 - Sitting on Both Sides of an Exclusion Panel with Shekeila Scarlett | #TheGovernorsPodcast

    For today's Single Item Agenda (episode) we are joined by a guest speaker;
    Shekeila Scarlett, an Operations Manager for Transport for London and one of the youngest Chair of Governors in the country, governing at the only maintained secondary school in Hackney To discuss;
    Personal experience of the UK education system and the impact on life and career, incl. school bullying, the process of permanent exclusions from the perspective of the child, and appealing decisions at a Pupil Disciplinary Committee (PDC)Getting exclusion panels right, from the support for the parent and to ensuring representation - improving awareness, accessibility and advocacyThe value of your lived experience and empowering young people to become governors - Why we need to diversify the current age profile of those in education governance spaceThe journey to becoming a chair of a governing board in education at 26 - different ways of transitioning into the role incl. being an Associate Member, taking on a Co-opted Governor positionFrom triggers and imposter syndrome to going viral and taking ownership of a new narrative
    Thank you for tuning into our show. We appreciate you, our listeners.
    Please rate, review and subscribe to our podcast.


    National Association of Schools and College Clerks (NASCC) - https://www.nascc.co.uk/ 
    National Black Governors Network (NBGN) - https://nbgn.co.uk/ 
    CONNECT WITH US
    Email: thegovernorspodcast@gmail.com 
    Twitter (@thegovernorspod)
    https://twitter.com/TheGovernorsPod 
    Instagram (@thegovernorspodcast)
    https://www.instagram.com/thegovernorspodcast/
    Facebook (@thegovernorspodcast)
    https://www.facebook.com/thegovernorspodcast/
    #TheGovernorsPodcast


    YOUR HOSTS:
    Sharon Warmington (School Governor; Qualified Corporate Governance Practitioner) 
    Olivia D Hinds (Committee Chair for Teaching and Learning; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Link Governor)


    ADDITIONAL NOTES:
    The Governors' Podcast (TGP) is a brand of Education Governance Solutions Limited 
    TGP is sponsored by GovernorHub/Knowledge
    https://governorhub.com/ | https://thehoot.news/
    Current release schedule: Term time Wednesdays @ 7am (approx. 1-2 per month).
    TGP defines its 'Seasons' by UK academic years (September to July) and episodes are called ‘Agenda Items’.
    Artwork and Production - Onevma Limited
    Theme Music - Hertz Beats, UK Producer

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Agenda Item 36 - Inside an Ofsted inspection with Paula Thorne | #TheGovernorsPodcast

    Agenda Item 36 - Inside an Ofsted inspection with Paula Thorne | #TheGovernorsPodcast

    For today's Single Item Agenda (episode) we are joined by a guest speaker;
    Paula Thorne, currently serving as a parent governor and EDI link governor at a primary school which has recently (as of 2023) received an Ofsted rating of ‘Outstanding’ in all categoriesTo discuss;
    Being and championing parent governorsWhen Ofsted arrives after over a decade, at the end of an academic year (summer term)How to prepare for an Ofsted inspection as an individual and as a governing board, including training and being up-to-date on all key areas such as Safeguarding, SEND, Teaching and Learning, Mental Health and well-beingWhich and how many governors from the board to involve in an Ofsted visitTips for improving language and perceptions in school
    Thank you for tuning into our show. We appreciate you, our listeners.
    *We apologise for the audio quality dipping, for approx. 1min, midway through the episode for our guest.
    Please rate, review and subscribe to our podcast.


    National Association of Schools and College Clerks (NASCC) - https://www.nascc.co.uk/ 
    National Black Governors Network (NBGN) - https://nbgn.co.uk/ 
    CONNECT WITH US
    Email: thegovernorspodcast@gmail.com 
    Twitter (@thegovernorspod)
    https://twitter.com/TheGovernorsPod 
    Instagram (@thegovernorspodcast)
    https://www.instagram.com/thegovernorspodcast/
    Facebook (@thegovernorspodcast)
    https://www.facebook.com/thegovernorspodcast/
    #TheGovernorsPodcast


    YOUR HOSTS:
    Sharon Warmington (School Governor; Qualified Corporate Governance Practitioner) 
    Olivia D Hinds (Committee Chair for Teaching and Learning; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Link Governor)


    ADDITIONAL NOTES:
    The Governors' Podcast (TGP) is a brand of Education Governance Solutions @Limited 
    TGP is sponsored by GovernorHub/Knowledge
    https://governorhub.com/ | https://thehoot.news/
    Current release schedule: Term time Wednesdays @ 7am (approx. 1-2 per month).
    TGP defines its 'Seasons' by UK academic years (September to July) and episodes are called ‘Agenda Items’.
    Artwork and Production - Onevma Limited
    Theme Music - Hertz Beats, UK Producer

    • 49 min
    Agenda Item 35 - Conferences: Confessions of a (Non) Attendee | #TheGovernorsPodcast

    Agenda Item 35 - Conferences: Confessions of a (Non) Attendee | #TheGovernorsPodcast

    For today's Single Item Agenda (episode) we discuss;
    Attending conferences and events in the Education sector - When and where do they take place? Who organises/hosts/delivers them? What can governors, trustees, clerks and governance professionals, senior leaders and others gain from these?How governance conferences differ from governor trainingBoost your Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and make the most of any opportunity to improve your practicesYour presence whilst in attendance - Toggling between being a public speaker and being a delegate (present to listen and learn)The value of networking and making connections but understanding your capacity and balanceThank you for tuning into our show. We appreciate you, our listeners.
    Please rate, review and subscribe to our podcast.


    National Association of Schools and College Clerks (NASCC) - https://www.nascc.co.uk/ 
    National Black Governors Network (NBGN) - https://nbgn.co.uk/ 


    CONNECT WITH US
    Email: thegovernorspodcast@gmail.com 


    Twitter (@thegovernorspod)
    https://twitter.com/TheGovernorsPod 
    Instagram (@thegovernorspodcast)
    https://www.instagram.com/thegovernorspodcast/
    Facebook (@thegovernorspodcast)
    https://www.facebook.com/thegovernorspodcast/
    #TheGovernorsPodcast


    YOUR HOSTS:
    Sharon Warmington (School Governor; Qualified Corporate Governance Practitioner) 
    Olivia D Hinds (Committee Chair for Teaching and Learning; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Link Governor)


    ADDITIONAL NOTES:
    The Governors' Podcast (TGP) is a brand of Education Governance Solutions @Limited 
    TGP is sponsored by GovernorHub/Knowledge
    https://governorhub.com/ | https://thehoot.news/
    Current release schedule: Term time Wednesdays @ 7am (approx. 1-2 per month).
    TGP defines its 'Seasons' by UK academic years (September to July) and episodes are called ‘Agenda Items’.
    Artwork and Production - Onevma Limited
    Theme Music - Hertz Beats, UK Producer

    • 49 min
    Agenda Item 34 - Leadership Insights from a MAT CEO with Nick Hudson | #TheGovernorsPodcast

    Agenda Item 34 - Leadership Insights from a MAT CEO with Nick Hudson | #TheGovernorsPodcast

    For today's Single Item Agenda (episode) we begin Season 4 and a new academic year with a guest speaker;
    Nick Hudson, former CEO of Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), joins us to discuss juggling operational and strategic leadershipWhat does the role of a CEO of a 40+ schools Multi-Academy Trust look like?The recruitment process of a MAT Chief Executive - Are there key skills and qualities to keep in mind?Navigating the communication channels and relationships between all stakeholders, ensuring local governors feel connected within the whole trust - How does the size of the trust and its geographical spread impact this? What are the concerns and benefits of schools joining a trust?Reflecting on years of service to Education and life after decades in the sectorThank you for tuning into our show. We appreciate you, our listeners.
    Please rate, review and subscribe to our podcast.


    National Association of Schools and College Clerks (NASCC) - https://www.nascc.co.uk/ 
    National Black Governors Network (NBGN) - https://nbgn.co.uk/ 


    CONNECT WITH US
    Email: thegovernorspodcast@gmail.com 


    Twitter (@thegovernorspod)
    https://twitter.com/TheGovernorsPod 
    Instagram (@thegovernorspodcast)
    https://www.instagram.com/thegovernorspodcast/
    Facebook (@thegovernorspodcast)
    https://www.facebook.com/thegovernorspodcast/
    #TheGovernorsPodcast


    YOUR HOSTS:
    Sharon Warmington (School Governor; Qualified Corporate Governance Practitioner) 
    Olivia D Hinds (Committee Chair for Teaching and Learning; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Link Governor)


    ADDITIONAL NOTES:
    The Governors' Podcast (TGP) is a brand of Education Governance Solutions @Limited 
    TGP is sponsored by GovernorHub/Knowledge
    https://governorhub.com/ | https://thehoot.news/
    Current release schedule: Term time Wednesdays @ 7am (approx. 1-2 per month).
    TGP defines its 'Seasons' by UK academic years (September to July) and episodes are called ‘Agenda Items’.
    Artwork and Production - Onevma Limited
    Theme Music - Hertz Beats, UK Producer

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Audreybadger ,

So useful!!

I am a new Clerk and the advice in these podcast episodes has been invaluable! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Xx

1Lyfe2Live ,

Great Resource

I am a new Governor, and as such, am not entirely comfortable in my role just yet.
After attending my first full Governor board meeting this week, I can feel that this will be a really great resource for me to tap into, if I should ever feel out of my depth. Thank you ladies.

Sam xl ,

Not really any use

As a new parent Governor of a maintained school I really hoped this would be useful and it isn’t . It’s just two people chatting , telling each other that they are great and that they do governing the best of anyone ever . They’ve disparaged parent governors several times and it’s clear parent governors are looked down upon by them. This is saddening .

To
Improve I would suggest removing one of these governors from future episodes and having someone from a Different area of the country and a different type of Governor to give a more balanced and interesting viewpoint .not everyone is a community Governor , not everyone is a governor at a MAT and not everyone is a governor at a mainstream school - let’s explore differences and try to learn ! Perhaps guest governors , could also come on and talk about their experiences .

I’ve listened to about 6 episodes about nothing and frustratingly learned nothing . This Could be a really useful tool for Governors if it has a Massive shakeup . As it is , I don’t really see who would find it useful tbh .

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