NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited Training Courses

Resolve provide high quality Board governance training for your board and senior management. There are a large number of options for packaged and customised board training including:

Board and Responsible Persons Induction – NESA ACCREDITED COURSE
Duration: 2 hours

Format: In person training (workshop style)

Outcomes for Participants

  1. Understand the definition of a responsible person
  2. Understand the role and responsibilities of a responsible person
  3. Understanding Policy and procedures framework used in governance
  4. Understanding the role of the school charter / constitution in governance
  5. Can define and manage conflicts of interest with an understanding of the disclosure responsibilities
  6. An awareness of the Related party transactions register
  7. An awareness of Delegations schedule
  8. Understanding their professional learning obligations
  9. An awareness of induction process compliance
  10. Understanding financial reporting responsibilities
  11. Understanding the school’s registration requirements with NESA and, in particular, the management requirements

Program

  1. Who is a responsible person?
  2. What are they responsible for?
  3. Duties of a responsible person according to the ACNC
  4. Policy setting and frameworks
  5. Defining conflicts of interest
  6. Managing conflicts of interest
  7. Related party transaction register
  8. Professional learning obligations
  9. Audited financial statements
  10. NESA registration

Strategic Planning for Governance – NESA ACCREDITED COURSE
Duration: 4 hours

Objective: This will introduce participants the key roles and components of the strategic planning process providing a framework to initiate their own process.

Format: In person training (workshop style)

Outcomes for Participants

  1. Understand the definition of strategic planning
  2. Understand key components in the strategic planning process
  3. Understand key roles in the strategic planning process
  4. Understand how to implement, assess and review the strategic planning outcomes
  5. An awareness of the pitfalls in the process and implementation

Program

  1. Key aspects of Strategic Planning
  2. The Strategic Management process
  3. Culture of review and planning
  4. Pitfalls of the process
  5. The role of core values and purpose
  6. Transforming values and purpose to vision
  7. Environment analysis
  8. External and Internal analysis
  9. Mission Goals
  10. Financial and Non Financial Key Performance Indicators
  11. Strategic Management Plan
  12. Annual Action plans
  13. Review/ Assessment
  14. Accountability for the Strategic Management Plan

School Financial Management – NESA ACCREDITED COURSE
Duration: 4 hours

Format: In person training (workshop style)

Outcomes for Participants

  1. Understanding key financial challenges of schools and common issues in the financial management of schools
  2. How to monitoring financial performance using Key Performance Indicators and financial reporting
  3. Understanding issue of fraud in schools and financial practices, policies and systems that need to be in place
  4. Understanding the roles of Treasurer, Business Manager, Principal and Board in financial management of schools
  5. Basic understanding of financial information for Non Accountant responsible persons
  6. Understanding Long range financial planning strategies and key elements for developing a plan

Program

  1. Key financial challenges of schools
  2. Monitoring financial performance using Key Performance Indicators and financial reporting
  3. Understanding the cost of education and link to school fees
  4. Fraud in schools and financial practices, policies and systems that need to be in place (using two case studies)
  5. Common issues in the financial management of schools
  6. Understanding financial information and internal controls
  7. Long range financial planning strategies and key elements for developing a plan
  8. Summary of financial governance role of responsible persons and key tools to have in place
  9. Questions and Answers

Risk Management and Compliance – NESA ACCREDITED COURSE
Duration: 4 hours

Format: In person training (workshop style)

Outcomes for Participants

  1. Understand risk and why management of risk is an important governance role
  2. Developing for the school an approach to risk management (framework and culture)
  3. Understanding on how to identify risks and implement strategies to minimize
  4. Understanding the breadth of risks in a School Understanding compliance reporting and providing a tool to implement this in board reporting

Program

  1. What is risk and risk management
  2. Developing a risk management framework and culture
  3. Identifying and managing risks (a process)
  4. Workshop to draft an initial list of rated “whole of school” risks by the board
  5. Compliance reporting and creating a compliance checklist for your school
  6. Questions and Answers

Board Responsibilities and Policies –NESA ACCREDITED COURSE
Duration: 4 hours

Format: In person training (workshop style)

Outcomes for Participants

  1. Overview of the responsibilities of Board Members
  2. Understand their role as a Policy setter and monitor
  3. Understanding schools and risk management
  4. Overview of compliance issues and what to look out for

Program

  1. Legal Responsibilities of Board Members
  2. BOSTES Requirements
  3. Setting and Monitoring policies
  4. Risk Management Compliance

Board Operations –NESA ACCREDITED COURSE
Duration: 4 hours

Format: In person training (workshop style)

Outcomes for Participants

  1. Understanding aspects of what makes a board work well
  2. Dealing with conflicts of interest
  3. Knowing who are related parties are and identifying transactions

Program

  1. Best practice board operations
  2. Conflicts of Interest
  3. Related Party Transactions

Board and Management Relationship – NESA ACCREDITED COURSE
Duration: 1.5 hours

Format: In person training (workshop style)

Outcomes for Participants

  1. Understand the difference between governance and management
  2. Understand key roles of the Board and Principal
  3. Understand delegated authority through policy and the key role of the board to set policy
  4. An awareness of the pitfalls and dangers in poor communication and understanding of these roles by the board and Principal

Program

  1. Governance vs Management
  2. The Boards role in governance, delegation of authority and policy setting
  3. Healthy board and executive relationships in governance and management
  4. The Board and Principal roles explored
  5. When challenges arise – resolving accountability and responsibility
  6. 7. Strategies for relationship success
  7. The four groups in School organisations and how they interact between governance and management

Governance and best practice reporting – NESA ACCREDITED COURSE
Duration: 2 hours

Format: In person training (workshop style)

Outcomes for Participants

  1. Understand the key components of Schools as Not for Profit organisations and the need to govern well to meet regulatory requirements
  2. Understand key roles of the Board and Management in the governance and operation of the School and how this is supported by best practice communication through reporting
  3. Understanding how reporting and assessment enhances the governance process
  4. Understand the types of reports that should be presented to the Board by Management (including samples)

Program

  1. Key components of Schools as Not for Profit Organisations
  2. Governance and Management framework of the School and how each group interrelates and School health is sustained using best practice reporting and process
  3. Components of best practice reporting
  4. Best practice Board and Executive assessment / appraisal
  5. Question and Answer session – application of teaching to the School being trained

Resolve’s Annual Finance Equipper for Responsible Persons – NESA ACCREDITED COURSE
Duration: 6 hours

Format: In person training (workshop style)

Outcomes for Participants

  1. Responsible Persons (Business Managers, Principals and Board Treasurers) will get an understanding on financial viability of Schools and learn what the key School business drivers and key performance indicators are and how to monitor them through best practice compliance and performance reporting.
  2. Understanding of how government funding works, and general responsibilities to State and Federal government
  3. Understanding of delegated responsibilities for the business roles in the School and how the relationships of the Business Manager interact with the Principal and Board in a healthy School

Program

  1. Welcome and overview of School Financial viability and the role of business and finance in the School
  2. School Business drivers and KPI’s
  3. ACNC, ATO, Government funding, Census and FQ
  4. Best Practice School Operational Reporting
  5. The Business Manager and Principal / Board relationships
  6. Networking Q&A in 3 groups (small, medium and large Schools)
  7. Wrap up and general Q&A session

OR Match and Mix these popular sessions to create your own customised Board Training course…..
Duration: Generally 1 hour per module

Format: In person training (workshop style)

Community Governance framework – overview of governance framework for Schools and Not for Profit organisations that reflects the unique characteristics of these “relationship based” organisations

The role of the board – effective boards and what they look like in terms of their role and the complementary role of management

The place of Core Purpose, Core Values and Vision, and why they are important in a Community Governance framework in your organisation

Board members legal duties and the role of board members and officers

Boards and finances – how to keep the focus on finances but not to the exclusion of other board business

Board processes – running effective and efficient board meetings and processes

Board reporting – What best practice reporting should be coming to the board and how it should be presented

Essentials in Strategic Planning – learn about the core elements of a strategic plan and how these work together to create a plan that moves off the shelf and works !

Board succession planning – assessing board skills and planning processes and policies related to board succession

Board policy – what is it and how is it different from management policy, including how to write effective board policy and link this to accountability and assurance reporting

Board and/or CEO appraisal, including how to perform this effectively in your organisation and provision of a template appraisal process

Practical Strategic Planning – learn how to take your organisation through a comprehensive rolling three year strategic planning process that is being used effectively in many organisations

The Board and CEO relationship – how to actively manage and ensure a healthy relationship between CEO and the board

Conflict in the board – how to resolve conflict issues within the board, and between the board and other stakeholders

Mission drift – how to future proof your Christian ministry and keep the light shining on core purpose and Christian distinctiveness

The Board’s role in Risk Management – taking an organisational wide view of risk and how the board can assess, review and implement a risk management plan for the organisation (half a day minimum)

Henry Ford

“The only thing worse than training your employees and having them leave is not training them and having them stay.”