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Pictured: Clare Balding meets pupils from The Elms School and Year 6 teacher, Miss Nicola Bennett. Image by Brian Pickering
What’s AGBIS?
The Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools (AGBIS) supports
over 900 independent schools in the UK by providing their governing bodies with training, advice and general support. Andy Robinson, Training and Membership Secretary, reports on the work of the Association.
Clare Balding opens new hub
There was a musical fanfare for presenter, writer and broadcaster, Clare Balding, as she of cially opened a new classroom block at The Elms Junior School and Nursery, Nottinghamshire.
Clare cut the ribbon on ‘The Hub’ – three Junior School classrooms – and was presented with  owers and some walking boots before chatting to Elms pupils and staff inside the new facility.
More than 180 people later attended An Evening with Clare Balding, hosted in Trent College’s Obolensky Dining Hall, with proceeds going to her chosen charity, the Brixton-based Ebony Horse Club, which uses horses to raise the aspirations, life skills, education and wellbeing of young riders in London.
Among the upcoming events programme are:
Wednesday 20 September, London
This seminar will consider important aspects of marketing schools and will focus on governors’ role in marketing and how they can oversee the establishment and/ or development of a highly successful marketing team. Governors and marketing managers are welcome and are encouraged to attend as a team so that they can consider the points raised by the experts in the context of their own schools.
Thursday 12 October, Guildford
This seminar will cover some key legal and regulatory issues facing governors of independent schools.
Wednesday 8 November, London
This seminar sets out to demystify schools’  nances for those governors from a non- nancial background so that they can have greater con dence and contribute fully to the governing body’s collective responsibility.
Wednesday 15 November, London
This seminar is the essential introduction to governance for new governors.
Thursday 16 November, London
This seminar will explain all the factors that governors should consider when deciding whether to set up an overseas franchise, or to expand their current operations. It will seek to explode the myth that franchises are just for the very well-known public schools.
Thursday 23 November, London
This one day conference will address topics of particular interest to preparatory and smaller independent schools and will include a number
of breakout sessions that will be of speci c interest to Chairs, Governors
and those senior leaders (Heads, Bursars and Clerks) who support good governance. This seminar is speci cally designed to provide an opportunity for governors to attend with their senior staff to learn more about matters of mutual interest and to ‘compare notes’.
Wednesday 29 November, London
This seminar provides a comprehensive guide to the obligations of the Clerk to the Governors, not only the statutory duties, but also the wider responsibilities of the post. The event is designed to provide essential refresher training and updates for experienced clerks as well as being an ideal introduction to clerking for those newly appointed.
More details about AGBIS and courses from:
01438 840730
The mainstay of AGBIS’s support comes in the form of over twenty seminars and events each year, ranging from dedicated training for new governors to seminars on compliance and specialist seminars for Chairs and Vice Chairs,  nance governors, etc. AGBIS also provides free
of charge to all members its de nitive publication ‘Guidelines for Governors’, which is a manual of good practice, as well as offering a free advisory service on all aspects of governance, including help and support
to governing bodies facing challenging issues.
The AGBIS website contains a free library of documents such
as: model contracts for teachers, heads and bursars; other standard employment documents; model governance documents such as codes of conduct and a self- review proforma, and terms of reference for individual roles and committees. Member schools
can also access a free eLearning course for new governors as well as an online course on safeguarding for governors. Member schools that participate
will receive a free copy of the AGBIS annual survey of salaries and bene ts of heads and bursars, and all members will receive the termly e-Newsletters which will keep them informed of current topics of interest. As and when required, AGBIS also issues eAlerts to keep governors informed of important or urgent issues.
Schools that wish to make further use of AGBIS’s services can commission, at preferential rates, on-site training for their governing bodies or a review of governance from one of AGBIS’s highly experienced review teams. AGBIS is often invited
to facilitate strategy days for member schools or help with restructuring of governing body committees and procedures.
The AGBIS Annual Conference offers governors a chance to meet with governors from other schools and hear a range of leading speakers – the keynote speech for the next conference on Tuesday 6th March 2018 will be Lord David Blunkett who
will re ect on ‘The Politics of Education’.
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