AHISA, in partnership with Elizabeth Jameson AM, Board Matters, have designed a engaging and interactive Masterclass Series on School Governance.

 

The Series will be covered in two full-day workshops and two 1-hour online tutorials. The first full day will be held in-person in Sydney and the second will be delivered as a workshop at the pre-conference program of the AHISA Leading, Learning, Caring Conference in Sydney 8-10 April 2024. In addition to the in-person workshops, two online tutorials will follow up each workshop session.

 

This course is for current AHISA Aspirant members only.

A Certificate of Completion will be provided for those who undertake the full course.

COST: $750.00 per person for the full course (incl. GST) + booking fee

BY REGISTERING FOR THIS EVENT YOU ARE SIGNING UP TO ATTEND ALL SESSION, BOTH IN-PERSON AND ONLINE



COURSE OUTLINE

 

 

Block A Workshop - Modules 1-3: The Why, What and How of School Boards

 

A one-day interactive workshop-style session that:

 

a)      Overviews different models of schools and school boards, exploring the difference for the principal between serving to a fiduciary board of a standalone schools and those within groups or systems operating with an advisory board and a higher level fiduciary board, CEO or other structure;

b)      Examines community expectations and charitable not-for-profit governance standards and obligations imposed on schools, and so their boards, as registered charities;

c)      Explains the legal framework for schools and how it drives the behaviour of board members given the legal duties and responsibilities resting on them;

d)      Explores how internal board dynamics, and resulting board/principal dynamics, plays a vital part in how school boards tick; and

e)      Pulls all of this together through the updated interactive St Agonies Case Study and leaves the participants with a group exercise to complete in teams after the workshop – reviewing and comparing different school systems of which the participants are a part and how it impacts on the principal’s role.

 

Block A Online Tutorial:

This is a follow up one-hour web-based tutorial held 4 weeks after the completion of Block A to review and discuss the outcomes of the team activity that follows Block A. Participants submit the completed written group exercise to the facilitator prior to the tutorial.

 

 

Block B Workshop - Modules 4-6: Getting Under the Bonnet: Technical Skills for Heads

A one-day interactive workshop-style session that continues the St Agonies Case Study and uses it to explore and provide entry level skills development and establishment of a skills development plan for each participant in relation to:

f)        the financial skills necessary for a school principal to develop to enable them to develop a strong relationship with the finance function of the school through supporting the CFO/Business Manager and to interact in a meaningful way with the school board and its finance committee and chair;

g)      the persuasive writing skills needed for the important matter of reporting to boards and developing business cases and papers for key board decisions, whilst developing an understanding of what can/should be changed by the school principal and what can/should not in existing reporting and business case templates;

h)      the all-important matter of building a healthy relationship between the board chair and the principal (‘friendly but not friends’) including finishing with an interactive panel discussion of 2-3 pairs of chairs and principals;

i)        leaves the participants with:

•         a group exercise to complete in teams after the workshop – refining the outline of a business case for a St Agonies major building program; and

•         an individual exercise to complete in teams after the workshop – developing an individual development plan for further honing the skills acquired and explored during the Block A and Block B workshops.

 

Block B Online Tutorial:

This is a follow up one-hour web-based tutorial held 4 weeks after the completion of Block B to review and discuss the outcomes of the team activity that follows Block A. Participants submit the completed written group exercise and individual development plans to the facilitator prior to the tutorial.

 
REGISTRATION
Registration is for current AHISA Aspirant Members only.

COST: $750.00 per person for the full course
(booking fees apply)



PROGRAM – MONDAY 8 APRIL 2024
In-person Block A Workshop  

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 9:00am 
 
 Registration
 Arrival refreshments available
 9:15am  Welcome & Introduction
 9:30am
 Block A Workshop - Modules 1-3:
 The Why, What and How of School Board
 10:45am  Morning Tea
 11:15am
 Sessions recommence
12:30pm  Lunch
 1:30pm  Sessions recommence
 3:45pm  Closing remarks
 4:00pm    Day concludes


Program Disclaimer: This program is correct at time of publishing but is subject to change should unforeseen circumstances arise.



PROGRAM –MONDAY 6 MAY 2024
Block A Workshop Online Tutorial

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 4:00pm  Welcome & Introduction
 4:55pm  Closing remarks
 5:00pm    Online tutorial concludes


Program Disclaimer: This program is correct at time of publishing but is subject to change should unforeseen circumstances arise.



PROGRAM –FRIDAY 26 JULY 2024
In-person Block B Workshop  

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 9:00am
  
 Registration
 Arrival refreshments available
 9:15am  Welcome & Introduction
 9:30am
 Block A Workshop - Modules 1-3:
 The Why, What and How of School Board
 10:45am  Morning Tea
 11:15am
 Sessions recommence
12:30pm  Lunch
 1:30pm  Sessions recommence
 3:45pm  Closing remarks
 4:00pm    Day concludes


Program Disclaimer: This program is correct at time of publishing but is subject to change should unforeseen circumstances arise.



PROGRAM – MONDAY 26 AUGUST 2024
Block B Workshop Online Tutorial

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 4:00pm  Welcome & Introduction
 4:55pm  Closing remarks
 5:00pm    Online tutorial concludes


Program Disclaimer: This program is correct at time of publishing but is subject to change should unforeseen circumstances arise.



VENUE

MONDAY 8 APRIL 2024
Meeting Room 2.2, Level 2
ICC Sydney
14 Darling Drive
Sydney NSW 2000

MONDAY 6 MAY 2024
Online – Webinar link will be sent to all registered delegates


FRIDAY 26 JULY 2024

Sydney
Venue To be confirmed.


MONDAY 26 AUGUST 2024

Online – Webinar link will be sent to all registered delegates


TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION

Delegates are responsible for their own travel and accommodation to attend the in-person workshops in Sydney.


CONTACT

AHISA National Office
Nicola Hart

Event Manager
T: 02 6247 7300
E: [email protected]


FACILITATOR
Elizabeth Jameson, Board Matters


 

Elizabeth has a passion for school governance.

This was refined over the course of the 12 years she served as Chair of Brisbane Girls Grammar School, a role she completed in 2018. It has also led to her consulting to hundreds of school boards over the past 25 years.

Today a portfolio director, Elizabeth is kept busy as President of RACQ, a $1.5B member mutual, incorporating a 115 year old roadside assistance business with APRA regulated insurance and banking businesses. She also chairs Queensland Theatre and is a director of John Villiers Trust and the Endeavour Foundation.

Elizabeth also brings to the boardroom her prior career experience of 15 years as a corporate/commercial lawyer and later partner of a national law firm, followed by her establishing national governance consultancy Board Matters (and Board Matters Legal) in 2002.

In her spare time, Elizabeth toils away at a PhD in corporate governance, in which she is investigating the implications for directors of the laws of directors’ duties that are underpinned by longstanding principles of shareholder primacy in a world in which boards are under pressure to embrace a broader form of stakeholder capitalism.