NESA-approved workshops for Boards

The New South Wales Education Act requires registered non-government schools to have and implement policies and procedures for the proper governance of the school.  For board members and others defined as ‘responsible persons’, this requires the following minimum professional learning:
mandatory completion of 12 hours of professional learning every three years on governance issues by every ‘responsible person’, to be delivered by a NESA-approved training provider; and
an induction process for new ‘responsible persons’ including, at a minimum, mandatory successful completion of a NESA-approved training program delivered by a NESA-approved training provider.

OPTIMAL SCHOOL GOVERNANCE

We are a NESA approved and accredited training provider

 
 

OPTIMAL SCHOOL GOVERNANCE offers three courses that have been especially designed to promote effective governance in New South Wales non-government schools.   The courses also inform board members, trustees and other ‘responsible persons’ of their mandatory obligations under the New South Wales Education Act.  The three courses have been approved by NESA and fulfil the requirements of Sections 3.9.3.4 and 3.9.3.5 of the Act, thus satisfying the annual professional learning obligations of new ‘responsible persons’ as well as the induction training program required for new ‘responsible persons’.

COURSE OSG-N1 - SCHOOL GOVERNANCE BASICS

  1. This four hour course introduces ‘responsible persons’ to the NESA requirements pertaining to proper governance of schools, and expands this by introducing some key facets of effective school board effectiveness.  Content covered includes NESA requirements, governance vs management, healthy boards, the Board-Head relationship, and evaluating the board. The course is supported by an eight page handbook outlining NESA requirements.  Upon completion of the course, a signed letter is issued to the school certifying the name of the course, the content covered, the duration of the course, the venue, and the names of those persons who attended.

COURSE OSG-N2 - BEST PRACTICE IN SCHOOL GOVERNANCE

  1. This eight hour course introduces ‘responsible persons’ to the NESA requirements pertaining to proper governance of schools, and expands this by developing an effective understanding of the principles and practices of ‘best practice’ in school board effectiveness.  Content covered includes NESA requirements, governance vs management, dysfunctional boards, healthy boards, staying focussed in a crisis, the Board-Head relationship, fiduciary duties compliance, board meetings and dynamics and evaluating the board.  The course is supported by an eight page handbook outlining NESA requirements.  Upon completion of the course, a signed letter is issued to the school certifying the name of the course, the content covered, the duration of the course, the venue, and the names of those persons who attended.

COURSE OSG-N3 - EFFECTIVE SCHOOL GOVERNANCE

  1. This two day course introduces ‘responsible persons’ to the NESA requirements pertaining to proper governance of schools, and then provides opportunities through discussion and problem-solving for board members to build a unity of understanding, a common purpose, and a commitment to implementing ‘best practices’ for effective school governance in a strategic manner that enhances the school’s outcomes.  Content covered includes NESA requirements, governance vs management, staying focussed in a crisis, dysfunctional boards, healthy boards, mission and vision, the Board-Head relationship, board meetings and dynamics, board composition and succession, fiduciary duties compliance, other board duties, community engagement, and evaluating the board. The course is supported by an eight page handbook outlining NESA requirements.  Upon completion of the course, a signed letter is issued to the school certifying the name of the course, the content covered, the duration of the course, the venue, and the names of those persons who attended.

 

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