Queensland School Councils are the primary mechanism for ensuring the needs and aspirations of their School communities are addressed. School Councils rely on the involvement of the community in setting the School’s strategic direction and tone as well as endorsing important decisions such as strategic plans and budgets.

Effective School Councils can contribute greatly to the success of their Schools

  • By improving the environment of learning and teaching, and leading to better student outcomes.
  • By strengthening effective governance, promoting democratic participation and establishing relationships with the community.

School Council Governance Program

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Membership of a School Council can be both challenging and enjoyable. To make governance less challenging, high quality training is vital to equip Council members with the skills they need. Our School Council Governance training program has been developed as part of the Department of Education and Training’s (DET) initiative to support School Council members to confidently and effectively fulfil their role. As well as helping School Councils to improve the knowledge, understanding and skills of Council members, the DET initiative also includes governance training for the Principals of Independent Public Schools (IPSs).

Our program is based on the requirements of the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 (Qld), the DET School Council Handbook and well-established principles of good governance from the public and private sector. Each component of the program will run for four hours and is offered at a time and location convenient to your School Council either through face-to-face delivery or webinar. You can select one or more modules to suit your individual or School Council’s needs and objectives. The modules, which are elaborated further on the next page, are:

  • School Councils: Foundations is designed to assist those Council members who are new to School governance.
  • School Councils: Enhanced Governance builds upon the Foundations module, by expanding on a Council’s role and functions, decision-making and improving processes and provides a heightened understanding of duties and the importance of collegiality on the Council.
  • School Councils: Advanced Governance provides greater insights into key areas of School governance including strategy, risk management, Council meeting processes and Council relationships.

School Council Governance Program Topics

Foundations   Enhanced Governance   Advanced Governance
  • What is governance
  • Legal framework
  • Role of the School Council
    • Driving strategy
    • Monitoring performance
    • Ensuring compliance
    • Risk management
    • Building the Chair and Principal relationship
    • Policy framework
    • Setting culture and codes of conduct
    •  Stakeholder communication
  • Effective decision-making
  • Improving Council processes
 
  • Recap
    • What is governance
    • Legal framework
  • Role of the Council
    • Driving strategy
    • Monitoring performance
    • Ensuring compliance
    • Risk management
    • Policy framework
    • Stakeholder communication
  • Effective decision-making
  • Improving Council processes
  • Governance update
  • Update on legal duties and responsibilities
  • Role of the Council
    • Driving strategy
    • Monitoring performance
    • Embedding risk management practices
    • Driving culture, values and codes of conduct
    • Stakeholder communication plans
  • Effective decision-making
  • Using the Council agenda and papers to drive performance
  • Council effectiveness
  • Council dynamics and behaviours

IPS Principal Induction

The Principal of an IPS has a vital role to play in shaping the way the School delivers education services to ensure students have the skill, knowledge and creativity to succeed in the global economy. In performing this role, the School Council is a key partner in the development of the School’s strategic direction. As such, Principals need to understand what governance is in the context of an IPS and what the School Council can do to help.

About Us

Effective Governance is the largest and oldest specialist corporate governance advisory firm in Australia and New Zealand. Our mission is to deliver measurable value to our clients by assisting them with their governance, strategy and risk needs. In addition, Effective Governance authors and delivers governance professional development materials both in its own right and for:

  • Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL);
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD);
  • Australian Institute of Management (AIM)
  • Governance Institute of Australia (GIA);
  • Australian Catholic University (ANU);
  • CPA Australia; and
  • Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ).

Our School Governance Program is facilitated by a team of governance professionals with many years’ experience in delivering governance training to governing bodies including School Councils and senior managers including Principals.

For more information or to arrange a training program, please contact us.

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