2021 Dubai Governors training sessions

The training will comprise six online workshops, free of charge, comprising lectures given by experts from RSAcademics, guest speakers from Dubai schools and group discussions of case studies and exercises.  Each workshop will run twice: on a Tuesday lunchtime and a Wednesday late afternoon.

To register, please complete the form below.


Once registered, you will receive Zoom invitations to each of the six workshops during the course of 2021 (see dates below).  Your contact details will only be used for inviting you to the workshops and sending you information relating to the workshops, such as reading materials and copies of slides, and will not be shared with other participants.

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More about the workshops

The workshops have been designed, and will be delivered, by RSAcademics, with reference to “The Gift of Good Governance”, produced by our knowledge partner, the KHDA.

Each workshop will run twice to enable as many Governors as possible to attend:

  • Tuesday 12.00 to 13.30
    Wednesday 16.00 to 17.30

Session 1: Principles and Characteristics of Good Governance

Tuesday, 9th March and Wednesday, 10th March
Using The Gift of Good Governance as the foundation, this opening session will provide models, principles and examples of good governance for delegates to consider.

Session 2: Using Data

Tuesday, 30th March and Wednesday, 31st March
How Governors can use data as a key tool in their role to support, challenge and monitor school performance.

Session 3: Governance and the National Agenda in Dubai

Tuesday, 25th May and Wednesday, 26th May
How Governors can promote the National Agenda in their schools.

Session 4: Working with the Principal

Tuesday, 15th June and Wednesday, 16th June
How can Governors ensure they recruit the best Head and that the Head performs to their best?

Session 5: Self-review of Governance

Tuesday, September 21st and Wednesday, 22nd September
How self-review can help improve (participants will be encouraged to conduct a self-review exercise before this workshop, using a recommended approach).

Session 6: Smart Governance

Tuesday, November 2nd and Wednesday, 3rd November
How the right committee structures, communications, procedures and documentation can help make governance even more effective and efficient.

More about the trainers


Durell Barnes

Durell Barnes, Head of Governance and Compliance

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Jonathan Hughes D’Aeth

Jonathan Hughes D’Aeth, Senior Advisor (Middle East)

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Russell Speirs

Russell Speirs, CEO and Founder

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