Purchase Webinar Recordings

Here is a list of all our webinars since January 2021. If you are interested in purchasing the recordings for any of these webinars, please email [email protected] for prices. Please note the webinars below are in date order, newest to oldest.

Free recordings are available under the Member Resources area under 'Free Webinar Recordings & Presentations', which can only be accessed when you are logged in. Recordings of free webinars are only available to members. If you aren't an AGBIS member, you can register to become a member here.

 

4th May 2022
Data Driven Decisions – Using research to Inform Admissions & Marketing Strategy - £50

How do you know what is the right direction of travel for your School? Are your Marketing and
Admissions teams holding a finger to the wind? Are they listening to parent hearsay? Or are
they delivering a planned programme of stakeholder research which allows the school to make
strategic decisions based on hard facts, evidence and data?
This 60-minute webinar delivered by Rachel Hadley-Leonard, will explain why carrying out
research with your stakeholders is essential to the strategic direction of your school. The
thought-provoking session considers why schools should be trying to discover exactly what
their prospective and current parents and wider stakeholders want. Looking at a variety of
research methods including focus groups, telephone research and surveys, we consider how
to make research an integral part of your leadership and marketing strategy whilst improving
stakeholder advocacy.

  • The current climate – has your target market changed?
  • Why data driven decisions are key
  • How do we know what our stakeholders want?
  • How to listen to your stakeholders
  • Matching research methods to your school
  • Running focus groups
  • Developing a culture of research

29th April 2022

Inclusive talent management and recruitment – what is it and what role do governing
bodies play? - £75

Key speaker: Johan Jensen, CEO of All-in Education
Schools are missing out on talent - current talent management and recruitment practices aren’t
merit based. How can we access talent out there to the benefit of our schools? This session
is backed up by research into what minority ethnic education professionals have experienced
in their careers and what their needs are to succeed in a competitive employment market. We
will provide case studies of successful inclusive talent management and recruitment practices
and key insights into the role the governing body can play in ensuring best practice
approaches are applied to reap the benefits of recruitment practices that are truly based on
merit.

26th April 2022
Is your governing body leading by example on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion? - £50

Key speaker: Claris D’cruz – Governance Consultant and Trainer
Many schools are looking to embed equity, diversity and inclusion and governing boards need
to lead by example by becoming more diverse. In this webinar we will look at some preparatory
steps governing boards may need to take in order successfully develop and maintain board
diversity.

Have you established why EDI matters to your school? How do you assess your board
culture? How do you know your board is ready to become more diverse? What steps can you
take to successfully recruit and retain governors from under-represented groups? This
webinar will help you answer these questions, identify challenges your board may face and
provide practical tips on how to overcome any hurdles you may encounter.


A 60-minute recording of this webinar will be available to delegates. The remaining 30
minutes of the live session is for breakout groups and plenary discussions which will
not be recorded.

21st February 2022
Chairs and Vice Chairs of Governing Bodies - £75

This webinar is for Chairs and Vice Chairs of Governing Bodies as well as Chairs of committees. Richard Harman, CEO AGBIS and Cheryl Connelly, Director of Training AGBIS will be joined by an experienced Chair who will be able to share their best practice. The webinar will cover the key skills required to ensure your board and committees run effectively and will also address some of the pitfalls.

9th February 2022
Developing resilience in your most important asset – the leadership team: What Governors need to know (Webinar) - £75

Speaker: Nicky Bright, Leadership Development Consultant of Bright Lead Ltd
Your leadership team has successfully weathered the most enormous challenges and changes over the last two years, so perhaps by definition they are resilient? However, are their reserves of positive energy and enthusiasm severely depleted, and can you be sure of your answer? Most senior leaders have an excellent ‘game face’, particularly when dealing with Governors, Parents, Staff and Pupils.
How will you ensure they continue to develop their crucial elements of resilient leadership; Clarity of Direction, Awareness, Leadership Presence and Resilient Decision Making? As we continue onwards, it is vital to ensure your leadership team invest in their personal and professional development and develop those elements and facets they have used less frequently, in order to carry on performing at the highest level for the benefit of the school, and to prevent the loss or depletion of your most important asset.

This webinar will look at:

  • current trends in leadership satisfaction and retention and whether there is an emerging risk of a leadership vacuum for Governors to manage
  • what can be done to develop the elements and facets required for successful, sustainable resilient leadership?
  • how can this be measured and monitored and reported to the Governing Body?
  • what Governors should do to ensure their most important asset are both performing at

1st February 2022
A collective responsibility to understand the pressures on your Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). How can Governors support them more effectively? (Webinar) - £50

This webinar will be led by Nigel Taylor who was an Independent School Head for 26 years, is a Board member of AGBIS, and a governor of five schools. He is a former Board Member of Surrey Safeguarding Children's Partnership, and an accredited NSPCC consultant, specialising in safeguarding investigations and training in affluent environments. Nigel is a consultant to CPOMS, the UK’s leading provider of safeguarding software. At the webinar Nigel will be supported by serving DSLs and will look at research describing the lived experience of DSLs in independent schools, how the role affects their lives inside and outside of school and the unique pressures in fee paying schools. This webinar will also look at

18th January 2022
Peer on peer abuse in association with Farrers (webinar) - £75

Speaker – Veryan Exelby, Farrer & Co
This webinar will focus on harmful sexual behaviour and best practice on preventative measures and creating a safer culture.
This webinar will be interactive which will mean that certain parts cannot be recorded.

12th January 2022
Governance – Support and challenge through the lens of RSHE (webinar) - £50

This joint AGBIS/ISI webinar will look at the KCSIE changes from September 2021 and enable Governors to answer the question: How do we know? Trust but verify regarding the RSHE curriculum. This webinar is being led by Michelle Winter - ISI’s Director of training and quality of assurance. She joined ISI in September 2021 having previously worked for Ofsted for 11 years as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI), leading inspections including of maintained schools and academies, non-association independent schools, British service schools overseas and initial teacher education. For the last six years with Ofsted Michelle was Senior HMI, managing a team of HMI and with leadership responsibilities including for the quality of inspections across the East of England region. Prior to joining Ofsted, Michelle was the Headteacher of two London schools.

9th November 2021
New Clerks/Experienced Clerks - £100 per each webinar OR £135 for both webinars
 

We are offering a webinar for New Clerks and Experienced Clerks. The morning will be for New Clerks and the afternoon will be for Experienced Clerks. There will be a chance for New and Experienced Clerks to network over a lunch time session to share best practice.

8th Novermber 2021
Newly Appointed Governors - £75

Speakers: Richard Harman, AGBIS Chief Executive, David Woodgate, ISBA Chief Executive and Nick Gregory, Headmaster of Wycliffe College.
This webinar will cover Governors’ responsibilities and governance from both a Chair of Governors and Head’s perspective and will summarise the key areas newly appointed governors need to know, including best practice examples and pitfalls to avoid.

7th October 2021
Developing your most important asset – your leadership team - £75

Speaker: Nicky Bright of Bright Lead Ltd
To ensure your school is getting the very best from its leadership team it is vital you know how to ensure they have the sustained energy and enthusiasm to continue to invest in their professional and personal development. Recent pressures mean this investment has, understandably, often been overlooked in favour of more immediate issues, and many more are now at risk of burning out and stepping down early from their roles creating a succession planning issue for governors.

This webinar will look at what you can do to ensure you protect your most important asset by developing a culture where the leadership team are supporting and developing themselves despite, or even because of, the current pressures they are facing.
In particular this webinar will look at:

  • managing the emerging risk of a leadership vacuum by sustaining your senior leadership team,
  • how is the school planning for the professional development needs of the school’s most important asset – the senior team?
  • measuring, monitoring and reporting to the Governing Body about those professional development needs,
  • what should be done to ensure a culture where the senior team continue to invest in themselves and ensure they

21st September 2021
Franchising - £50

Speaker: Fiona Boswell, (Partner, Knights plc)
Access to quality education is as central a desire as ever for parents globally, savvy independent schools are embracing this opportunity for growth by taking their brand and concept to pastures new and overseas. Franchising can be a suitable method for achieving this growth without schools needing to incur the expense and hassle of sourcing and funding overseas locations. This webinar flags the key principles involved and what you need to be aware of.

16th September 2021
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Strategy Launch - £50

AGBIS have been working alongside Farrer & Co to produce an EDI strategy toolkit. This resource is to support governors in understanding equality, diversity and inclusion and helping them to embed fairer and more equal cultures within their school community, which is ultimately to everyone’s benefit and is the right thing to do. This webinar will highlight how to use the toolkit in your schools and will launch future EDI webinars.

15th September - 1st December 2021
Risk Management webinar series - £75 per individual session OR £525 for all sessions

A programme of risk management webinars has been created to help governors to understand their roles and responsibilities including questions they should be asking. Each module will be hosted by Cheryl Connelly and Sam Coutinho and will comprise of a 5-minute introduction, 45 minutes of presentations from specialist speakers from the sector and 40 minutes of discussion and debate on how questions can be used practically. Each module will conclude with questions governors should be asking in their schools:

 

Module/Date Aim Topic
1. The role and responsibility of governors
Wed 15 Sept
To help governors know what they are required to do and how to do it
  • Principles of risk management
  • Governor responsibilities
  • Charity Commission guidance
  • Sharing of good practice
2. The role of governors in managing financial risks Wed 29 Sept To help governors understand how the financial risks are managed effectively
  • Key financial risks and the controls required
  • Responsibilities of governors for financial oversight
  • Risk of insolvency
  • Risk of Fraud
3. The role of governors in identifying and managing marketing risk Wed 13 Oct To help governors understand how marketing risk can impact the financial success or failure of a school and to arm governors with key questions to ask to offer constructive challenge that helps reduce any risk
  • Marketing risk as a major financial risk
  • How marketing impacts the financial model of a school
  • Governors’ responsibilities for a marketing strategy that can deliver results and what this looks like
  • Measuring performance beyond pupil numbers
4. Your board culture might be one of your school’s biggest risks
Wed 3 Nov
To help governors create a school culture that ensure risk is managed well
  • What do we mean by culture?
  • Case studies of where not enough questions were asked by boards
5. The role of governors in managing Insurance and legal risk
Wed 10 Nov
To help governors understand how legal and insurance risks are being managed
  • What insurance does and doesn’t do in risk management
  • Insurance risks
  • Legal risks governors should be focussing on
  • Case study – 10 examples of Boards not making decisions and the consequences
6. The role of governors in identifying and managing external risks
Wed 17 Nov
To help boards to horizon scan and identify external risks that could have a significant impact on the school
  • What have we learnt from Covid 19 about risk management in our schools
  • Tools to identify external risks
  • Analysis of emerging global, national and school risks
7. The role of governors in managing safeguarding risks
Tues 30 Nov
To help governors to understand their role in safeguarding in the school and knowing the questions to ask
  • Safeguarding risks
  • Questions governors should ask
8. Governance
Wed 1 Dec
To help governors address governance risks and how to avoid a failure in governance
  • Identification of governance risks
  • Tools to support governors

 

24th June 2021
Five ways to support your Head more effectively - £75

Speaker: Kim Gregory – Evolve Leadership
In this interactive 90-minute webinar, Kim will explore the complex range of challenges that can get in the way of Heads performing to their potential and describe how Governors can respond effectively. Please bring your questions, which she’ll do her best to address.

23rd June 2021
Disciplinary and Grievance Investigations - avoiding common pitfalls and protecting your reputation - £75

Speaker: Jameel Mann (Partner, Knights plc)

An investigation will form the bedrock of any future decision relating to a disciplinary or grievance process. It is therefore fundamental that a well thought through, balanced and thorough investigation is carried out at the earliest opportunity and that governors understand their role, responsibilities and governance issues relating to any decisions made during any process.

This interactive webinar will address some of the common pitfalls that schools make when carrying out an investigatory process including:

  • Steps to consider when safeguarding and / or criminal related matters are being investigated, including liaising with the police and LADO;
  • Planning and conducting an investigation;
  • When suspension is appropriate;
  • Factors a Tribunal will take into account when reviewing the extent of an investigation; and
  • How governors should structure sub-committees before considering any employment related decisions.

22nd June 2021
How schools can delight parents with an 'inbound' approach to social media - £75

Speaker: Gemma Price, CEO and Founder of HubGem Marketing

As we all spend more time online, this joint webinar with AMCIS looks at how schools can use social media to provide value to their prospects and parents. We will look at what 'inbound marketing' means and how schools can use the approach to attract, convert, engage and delight their audiences on social media. 

10th June 2021
Inclusion Labs - Part 3 - 'The How' - £50

Speakers: Richard Harman, AGBIS Chief Executive, Heather Wheelhouse, Danny Dartnaill, Helen O’Kane – BDO

How can Governors spot the signs and what does your forecasting and strategy tell you? This webinar will look at the different options available including balance sheet restructuring techniques, refinancing and lenders, formal insolvency procedures and mergers/acquisitions, with a particular focus on the key issues that will need to be considered as part of the process.

9th June 2021
What are our options? Restructure, Merger or Acquisition - £75

Speakers: Richard Harman, AGBIS Chief Executive, Heather Wheelhouse, Danny Dartnaill, Helen O’Kane – BDO

How can Governors spot the signs and what does your forecasting and strategy tell you? This webinar will look at the different options available including balance sheet restructuring techniques, refinancing and lenders, formal insolvency procedures and mergers/acquisitions, with a particular focus on the key issues that will need to be considered as part of the process.

27th May 2021
Inclusion Labs - Part 2 - 'The What' 

Hosted by AGBIS, in association with Temi Akindele Barker (Inclusion Labs), these sessions will walk through some key foundational considerations when implementing a systematic approach to your DEI strategy, regardless of what point you are on your journey. We will guide you on how to take a comprehensive approach from start through to implementation, reframing this as an opportunity and not a “problem to solve”, and positioning your school to be effective and impactful when it comes to inclusion for the long term.

26th May 2021
Climate, curriculum and your investments: how to make the links £50

Speakers: Julie Hutchison, Charities Specialist and Miranda Richards, Senior Charities Portfolio Manager

This webinar will give an overview of how Governors can approach climate change issues more holistically.  With COP26 just months away, more attention will be focused on sustainability themes during 2021 and many Governors will be facing questions about whether a school’s investment portfolio should still be invested in fossil fuels, for example.  There are a range of ways to reflect climate change concerns in your investments.  This webinar explores these options as well as taking a more holistic approach, looking at the opportunities for links to be made across the curriculum and indeed a school’s brand. Delegates will be able to put questions to the speakers, both of whom have extensive governance or teaching experience in the education sector, beyond their investment management roles. 

25th May 2021
In the COVID Age - How can you ensure your school is getting the best results out of its Insurance Programme? - £50

To ensure your school is getting the very best out of its insurance programme, it is vital you know what the key questions are and what the answers should look like. In association with Marsh, this webinar will look at what you need to ask your Bursar about as we enter the 2021-22 academic year. In particular, this webinar will look at:

  • managing emerging risks in your school,
  • how is the school planning to deal with the challenges of a hardening market,
  • measuring, monitoring, and reporting to the governing board of the school’s risk appetite,
  • and what should your school be doing to do to ensure it has an insurance programme that meets its needs and protects its pupils, parents, staff, governors, and reputation.

18th May 2021
The role of Governors in protecting the Mental Health and Wellbeing of staff - £50

This interactive workshop gives delegates the opportunity to exchange experiences, examples and best practice in respect of their roles as governors to protect the health and wellbeing of staff. The objective is that attendees will leave with some new ideas for improving their respective working environments and to address some of the issues and challenges being faced in the current climate.

Given the enhanced demands being placed on employees, particularly during these times, there continues to be an increased required for governing bodies to review how the School is managing the health and wellbeing of staff. The key issues currently for discussion are:

  • Protecting the physical and mental health of all employees (for both home working and those working at School);
  • Establishing a dialogue with employees suffering with mental health related issues;
  • Language and behavioural management changes and policies to create a more open culture;
  • Supporting staff suffering with stress;
  • Managing mental health related absences; and
  • Ways of improving morale and wellbeing in the workplace / for those homeworking.
13th May 2021
Inclusion Labs - Part 1 - 'The Why'

Hosted by AGBIS, in association with Temi Akindele Barker (Inclusion Labs), these sessions will walk through some key foundational considerations when implementing a systematic approach to your DEI strategy, regardless of what point you are on your journey. We will guide you on how to take a comprehensive approach from start through to implementation, reframing this as an opportunity and not a “problem to solve”, and positioning your school to be effective and impactful when it comes to inclusion for the long term.

12th May 2021
Safeguarding Risks Past and Present: How to manage historic abuse allegations in your schools - £50

Veryan Exelby of Farrer & Co will advise school governors on how to respond to and manage historic abuse allegations using a case study approach.

The case study will be discussed in breakout sessions. Please note that breakout sessions will not be recorded.

10th May 2021
Key issues and trends Governors need to be aware of across the sector as we look to the future - £50

At this session, Stone King will give a high-level overview of the issues and trends seen across the sector during the pandemic, and then answer your questions on those topics (or any others!), as we look to the future.  This is likely to cover themes such as:

  • Risk management where guidance or measures are not followed;
  • Mental health and well-being
  • Formal complaints and claims
  • TPS
  • Restructuring
  • Opportunities

28th April 2021
Safeguarding Risks Past and Present: How to manage peer-on-peer allegations in your schools - £50

Veryan Exelby and Maria Strauss of Farrer & Co will advise school governors on how to respond to and manage historic abuse allegations using a case study approach.
25th March 2021
Assimilating risks for 2021/22 - £50

In association with ISBA, this webinar looks at practical advice for ensuring a robust risk management culture in schools.
23rd March 2021
Covid 19 a year on - how has it changed us? - £50

In association with ISBA, this webinar looks at sharing best practice from the last 12 months and how this has been used to improve governance arrangements.
17th March 2021
Annual Conference 2021 - £195

This year the AGBIS Annual Conference will be virtual and held over two days. All delegates will get access to recordings of each session and slides when available included in the conference price. All bookings are via our website and the price of the conference along with all the recordings is £195 per delegate from member schools and £250 for non member schools. If you are a non-member school please email [email protected] to find out how to book your space.

12th March 2021
Using the salary survey data to inform your strategy - £50

Speaker: Rhiannon Cutler, MD, Baines Cutler

This webinar will look at how Governors can use the benchmarking data from the AGBIS/Baines Cutler Salary Survey to inform their strategy.

9th March 2021
Marketing your school - the importance of a whole school approach - £75

Speaker: Rachel Hadley Leonard

This joint webinar with AMCIS examines the importance of marketing and excellent customer service in schools and the very real problem of colleague buy-in; ensuring the whole organisation is on board with its marketing efforts. We also look at the role Governors can play in this crucial aspect of the school business:  

  • Why marketing is more important than ever amidst a pandemic 
  • Your school as a business – why excellent customer service is crucial 
  • Gardener to Governor - whole school understanding of marketing  
  • Effective methods to bring colleagues on board, and enable successful storytelling from across the school  
  • The Governors’ role in schools’ marketing with case study 

3rd March 2021
Education Matters for Governors and Heads: Action on the Curriculum - £75

Speakers: Richard Harman (CEO, AGBIS), Simon O’Grady (CEO, High Performance Learning) and Christopher King (CEO, IAPS)

This webinar will look at innovations currently under way in IAPS schools with regard to the curriculum and in particular the state of the debate about the balance between a skills based or knowledge based curriculum. What is the best shape for the future curriculum? The place of Common Entrance and 11+ tests in the independent school system and the need for a more child centred approach at school transition points. It will also focus on the landscape being shaped by the School Improvement Commission Report (Improving Schools) and calls for progressive action from governors and senior leaders to achieve excellence and equity within our schools.

3rd March 2021
Safeguarding Risks Past and Present: How to manage safeguarding in your schools - £50

Veryan Exelby and Maria Strauss of Farrer & Co together with Shelagh Willis, Safeguarding Coordinator at St Paul's School, will discuss current issues in safeguarding and how schools can prevent and react to safeguarding situations. The session will also include information and advice for school governors on how to respond to and manage historic abuse allegations. The morning will include a case study with interactive breakout rooms.

A case study will be sent to delegates on Friday 26 Febuary in preparation for the breakout session, so early booking is recommended.

4th February 2021
Being Conscious of Unconscious Bias Part 2 - £50

Speaker: Joanne Frew, Partner, DWF Law LLP

Our introductory webinar on unconscious bias looked at where unconscious bias comes from, how we recognise it and the effect it may have (to purchase the recording of part one email [email protected]).  This session takes a closer look at the impact of unconscious bias and what Governors can do to identify behaviours stemming from bias and address the source of the problem.  In particular, we will look at how Governors can:

  • Be aware of common unconscious beliefs /stereotypes and the impact they may have in schools
  • Identify micro-behaviours arising from unconscious bias
  • Question unconscious bias in others and help others raise their awareness

2nd February 2021
Governance Masterclass for Chairs and Vice Chairs - Part 3 - £75

Hosted by AGBIS, in association with BDB Pitmans’ Independent Schools legal team, this Masterclass will provide you with a governance toolkit to enable you to get the best out of your Governing Body, and in turn the best out of your School.

Do you set as aside enough time to look at your School’s medium to long term strategy and risk profile? Do you have a handle on how the School is planning to maintain/increase its income streams?

Dealing with the immediate challenges of the covid pandemic is an inevitable priority, nevertheless a key role of the Chair is to ensure that the Governing Body takes ownership of securing and overseeing the long-term sustainability of the School, in particular its financial viability. This last session will look at the Governing Body’s role in the oversight of fundraising (and associated data protection considerations), income from the school estate and property development, the use of restricted funds and the associated risk ‘red flags’ that you as Chair/Vice Chair should be aware of.  We will then wrap up with a summary of the top tips and suggested actions from this Masterclass series.

26th January 2021
Governance Masterclass for Chairs and Vice Chairs - Part 2 - £75

Hosted by AGBIS, in association with BDB Pitmans’ Independent Schools legal team, this Masterclass will provide you with a governance toolkit to enable you to get the best out of your Governing Body, and in turn the best out of your School.

How do you and your Governors interact with the senior leadership team, in particular the Head? How do you and your Governors use your time?

This session will consider how Chair and Vice-Chairs can set the key relationship between the Governors and the SLT on the right course and navigate the fine line between effective oversight and ‘meddling’ in management. It will also look at how Chairs can best prioritise Governors’ time, with reference to agenda setting and committee structures.

20th January 2021
Creating an impactful leading-edge learning experience - £50

In association with RM Education, this webinar looks at developing a forward thinking, innovative IT strategy and vision that excites and delivers real value in the classroom, whilst balancing investment and total cost of IT ownership

19th January 2021
Governance Masterclass for Chairs and Vice Chairs - Part 1 - £75

Hosted by AGBIS, in association with BDB Pitmans’ Independent Schools legal team, this Masterclass will provide you with a governance toolkit to enable you to get the best out of your Governing Body, and in turn the best out of your School.

Building an effective Governing Body: How is the Chair’s role different to that of the other Governors? Who are your governors? Do they know what they should be doing? How are they performing?

We will start by looking at the skills sets that each Governing Body should have, the key requirements of Governors, performance reviews and how AGBIS’s Model Governance Manual for Schools can improve your governance.