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Effective Governance Practice

Unpack the roles, responsibilities
and liabilities of school board members

School Board and Council Members from ISV Member Schools
School Board Governance
1 day in-person, or 4 online sessions.
Online or in-person
Free of charge

School Board Members are faced with myriad challenges as they navigate the role and responsibilities associated with governing a school.

To make this less daunting, Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) has been offering school governance training for almost two decades.

In 2023, we offered a refreshed format of our major governance training.

School Board and Council members can now attend a one-day forum in-person at ISV, or you can attend our Twilight Seminar Series held over four online sessions. Both cover the same content.

“This is a must for all board members.”

— Previous participant

Online: Twilight Seminar Series

The Twilight Seminar Series covers the same content as the in-person Governance Forum, but is held over four separate sessions.

Session 1: Introduction to School Boards
  • Role and responsibilities of the Board
  • Board structure
  • Indicators of good governance
  • Key issues impacting Independent schools
Session 2: Governance vs Management
  • Role of the Chair
  • Role of the Principal
  • The relationship between the Principal and the Board
  • The distinction between governance and management
Session 3: Governance and Risk Management
  • Risk governance structures
  • Risk assessment processes
  • Role and responsibilities
  • Supporting resources
Session 4: Understanding Board Responsibilities
  • Financial literacy for Boards
  • Financial sustainability and solvency
  • Legal obligations for Board Members
  • Compliance versus accountability
  • Communicating in a crisis

Why attend?

  • Better understand your governance roles and responsibilities
  • Learn how to manage a crisis in your school
  • Understand your risk management obligations
  • Unpack the role requirements of the Chair and the Principal
  • Examine the financial literacy required to meet your governance obligations
  • Explore key issues that your school is likely to encounter in the coming 12 months.
“As a relatively new Board member, I have come away with a much better appreciation of my role.”

— Previous participant

More information

Kate Anderson
Executive Support Manager
Independent Schools Victoria

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