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.

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.

14th January 2021
Adapting/Surviving/Thriving during difficult times

In association with HCR and Guy Biggin as guest speaker, the webinar will give an overview of the current issues affecting the sector, to include a brief TPS update followed by a choice of three breakout sessions:

  1. Finance and turnaround and strategic opportunities (HCR – Kate Hickey, Partner and Robin Koolhoven, Partner)
  2. Dealing with parental complaints during the pandemic (HCR – Kristine Scott, Partner and Head of Education and Paul Watkins, Associate)
  3. Looking after and managing your staff during the pandemic (HCR – Rachel Parkin, Partner and Oliver Daniels, Senior Associate)

Guy Biggin will conclude the webinar with “Key Financial Indicators for 2021”

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

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.  

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

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.

·     21st January 2021
Strategic Financial Planning Part 2

This joint GSA/AGBIS led webinar is a follow on from the first presentation (recording available to purchase email - [email protected]) and will focus on why strategy should not be put on hold and how Governors and Heads ascertain their future viability through key performance indicators, national context, local markets and impact of further lockdown scenarios.  Hosted by Donna Stevens, (CEO, GSA), Richard Harman (CEO, AGBIS), Sue Hincks (Headmistress, Bolton School Girls’ Division) and John Murphie (COO, ISBA).

26th Januray 2021
Governance Masterclass for Chairs and Vice Chairs - Part 2

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.

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

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.

4th February 2021
Being Conscious of Unconscious Bias Part 2

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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 

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

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.

17th March 2021
Annual Conference 2021

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.

23rd March 2021
Covid 19 a year on - how has it changed us?

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.

25th March 2021
Assimilating risks for 2021/22

In association with ISBA, this webinar looks at practical advice for ensuring a robust risk management culture in schools.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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. 

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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. 

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

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.