Your new board is in place, you have held your first meeting, you have elected your chair for the next six months. What next?
Well the first thing is to make sure you have a plan. Governing a school is not about turning up to a board meeting each month to find out what’s happening. Governance is about planning the future. It is about determining the outcomes to be achieved and working with management about what the strategies will be to achieve those ends.
So what are the outcomes that the board is seeking? They revolve around student engagement and achievement and meeting the National Education Goals (the “NEGS”), implemented through the National Administration Guidelines (the “NAGS”).
How does a board go about ensuring that there are processes in place? Effective Governance is about knowing how everything fits together around a three year plan for the board and for the school. Only with a proper plan in place supporting the board’s policies and outlining its expectations can the board measure itself and its principal.
Professional development for boards of trustees is essential, not only for new trustees but also for seasoned hands. NZ School Trustees Association has the Ministry of Education contract to deliver board training to the twenty or so regional clusters of schools across the Auckland Region.
At GMS we are delighted to be part of this programme. In addition we also provide face to face tailored training and support for individual boards where our skilled and experienced trainers, approved by the Ministry of Education, provide you with the same consistent message.
To register for your cluster training visit NZSTA Training here