Governance Conference 2018



The Governance Services Team are pleased to invite governors and trustees to the 2018 Bolton Governance Conference to be held on Saturday 3 November 2018 from 8.30 am until 3.00 pm at Mercure Bolton Georgian House Hotel, Blackrod, Bolton. Registration will commence at 8.30 am with breakfast refreshments served; a light lunch will also be provided

A broad, balance, rich and diverse curriculum is at the heart of the educational system and is fundamental to the children within schools reaching their full potential. The Conference theme sets the focus for the discussions, presentations and workshops throughout the day. We are delighted to announce that David Cameron will be providing the key-note speech on the conference theme - ‘Curriculum: Preparing for Life”. 

Just before our morning break we will be raising the tempo with a presentation from the Bolton Music Service, who are celebrating their 75th anniversary of providing services to children in Bolton. Carolyn Baxendale, the Head of the Music Service will talk about the services offered to Bolton Schools and also introduce a special performance!

Refreshments will be followed by a series of workshops. Delegates will be able to choose two out of the four sessions provided, the subjects of which have been carefully selected around the conference theme. Our final presentations provided by Chan Parmar, from the Bolton Interfaith Council and Georgina Ryding, Chair of the Bolton Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) will look at the importance of diversity and ethos in the curriculum.

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 Conference Workshops

There will be the opportunity for delegates to attend a choice of two workshops from the list below. The subjects for the workshops have been carefully chosen around the conference theme, and will provide delegates with knowledge, information and practical advice pertinent to their role.


Workshop A : Early Years—Communication & Language

Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. Communication and language development forms an essential part of this foundation and research shows that development of skills in this area is key to future positive life chances. Governors & trustees need to be aware of and ask those important questions about how their children are progressing through this essential phase of their education.” This workshop will provide important information about this stage of a child’s education.

Laura Wright, Start Well: Early Years and Childcare Adviser


Workshop B: Secondary Curriculum: Broad, Balanced, Fit for Life

Workshop C: Primary Curriculum: Broad, Balanced, Fit for Life

The curriculum encompasses all of the experiences the school provides to enable children to learn; the essential role of governors and trustees with respect to evaluating the curriculum is to establish the extent to which the school succeeds in enabling every young person to meet aspirational and challenging learning goals.

There may of course be a host of reasons for learning goals not being met but if the curriculum is inappropriate for any individuals or groups of young people, their learning will certainly fall short. This is the key reason why teachers should be able to assure governors that the curriculum has been designed to take account of the differing needs of the entire cross section of learners in the school.

The national curriculum is only part of the picture, providing an outline of the core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum. So the task facing schools in not only to implement the national curriculum but also to devise and develop an exciting and stimulating wider ‘wrap around’ curriculum within which to place it.

The workshop will look at how schools provide this and also provide some questions for governors and trustees to consider about whether their curriculum strategy develops the skills and knowledge they believe their pupils needs for each stage of their education and how they prepare for their next stage in life. 

Secondary - Mike Sidebottom, Principal, Smithills Academy, Bolton

Primary - To be confirmed  

Workshop D: PSHE (Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education)

A recent report from a coalition of organisations including teacher associations, NSPCC and the PSHE Association shows overwhelming support for making PSHE education a compulsory subject for all pupils in all schools. PSHE education is the area that provides children and young people with the knowledge, skills and attributes to stay healthy and safe and prepares them for life and work in modern Britain. When delivered well, PSHE education is a planned and progressive programme for learning that can develop the key skills and attributes—such as resilience, risk management and empathy—to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing pupils today. This workshop will provide governors and trustees with the knowledge and skills to ask those important questions about how PSHE is delivered within their school and what impact this has on pupils’ wellbeing.

 Luke Askew, Believe and Succeed Academy


Booking and Charging Information

The conference is open to all governors and trustees within the Bolton family. Places are limited and bookings will be made on a first come, first served basis.  Our rates are however extremely competitive and are preferential for delegates of governing boards and trusts buying into a Service Level Agreement.

For those boards that buy into the Governance Services Clerking and Support, or Training and Development Service Level Agreements (SLA) the cost will be £70 for the first delegate, and for any additional delegates a charge of £95per person will be made.

For those governors and trustees whose boards do not buy into an SLA, a charge of £150 will be payable.

Charges will be met via the school budget and will not be charged to individual governors. Please ensure that you notify your Chair or Head Teacher/Principal prior to booking.

Cancellation fees will apply for nonattendance or cancellation by the delegate within five working days of the conference date.

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