Module 2

Swansea6-by-Alex-Baker-PhotographyThe ‘smell’ of the school

The second module builds on the new strategic vision for the school (as developed in Module 1) and takes governors into another under-explored strategic area – the character of the school.

This is an issue which Bishop Stephen Cottrell has described as the ‘smell’ of the school, and is a key intangible issue for governors to explore as they set about developing their new strategic vision for the school.

A character diagram is central to this module.

This page gives you all you need to run Module 2.

You need:

A room with a couple of large tables pushed together

  • A flipchart
  • Flipchart pens
  • A way of playing back the video clip (within the download package)
  • A way of taking an image of your completed character diagram (a phone, iPad or similar)
  • Printouts of the various documents contained in the zip file download, as required (see below)

The most important thing is to read carefully through the Facilitator Guide – that gives you all the guidance you need to make the session work well.


You need to download this zip file.

The zip file download contains the following files:

  • Session plan.pdf
  • Governor handout.pdf
  • Setup notes.pdf
  • Facilitator Guide.pdf
  • School character (video, .mp4 format, 136MB)
  • Character diagram – template
  • Character diagram – completed example

You also need hard copies of the strategic picture you created in Module 1 (printed in colour)

Note – .mp4 video file should run on any current computer

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