Governance and Management

Many of the perennial challenges that confront schools such as student achievement, faculty recruitment, staff morale, public identity, financial viability, risk management, and so on, can be traced back to the importance of clarifying the roles of governance (the board) and management (the faculty and staff). This four hour course helps ‘responsible persons’ appreciate the power of the accountability-responsibility relationship between governance and management in the context of various governance models, and provides a practical framework to enhance the board’s effectiveness in this area by working collectively through several hypothetical scenarios. 

Content covered includes the nature of the board and its powers, the accountability-responsibility relationship, the significance of the governance-management divide, the delegations schedule, the role of committees, models of governance, supervisory arrangements, and reporting requirements. Understandings of accountability and responsibility are developed through several specially designed hypotheticals. 


This course is designed to help ‘responsible persons’ [as defined under Section 47(1)(b) of the Education Act in New South Wales] understand and implement sound policies and ongoing procedures for effective governance in ways that comply with the NESA requirements upon school boards.  Specifically, the course is designed to provide in-depth appreciation and practical application of ways in which ‘responsible persons’ can work together to ensure (a) effective implementation of established principles of ‘best practice’ in school governance and (b) compliance with relevant NESA requirements in the area of governance.  Furthermore, the course provides opportunities through discussion and problem-solving for ‘responsible persons’ to build 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.  While the emphasis of the course is addressing ongoing professional learning needs, it is also highly suitable as a component of the induction of new ‘responsible persons’.



Four hours, usually one morning or one afternoon or one evening.


Face-to-face workshop with all the ‘responsible persons’ in one group, usually delivered at the school or at another suitable venue organised by the school.


This course covers the following governance requirements as outlined in the Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual (September 2019):; and


Upon successful completion of the course, a signed certificate is issued to the school stating the name of the course, the content covered, the duration of the course, the venue, and the names of those persons who attended.  Upon request, schools may instead request an individual certificate for each attendee.  Participating schools also receive a password-protected PDF copy of the presentation slides used during the workshop for the use of attendees.

We are a NESA approved and accredited training provider of courses relating to proper governance in non-government schools.

D2015/35965 – D2019/8657 – D2019/23247 - – D2019/134103

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