Module 2

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

The second module builds on the sense of having an overall strategy (as developed in Module 1) and takes governors into another under-explored 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 as they set about delivering on their strategic picture.

A ‘character diagram’ is central to this module, again delivered via an interactive whiteboard to enable governors to be hands-on with the process.

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

In essence, you need:

A room with a couple of large tables pushed together

  • A flipchart
  • Marker pens for the flipchart
  • A way of playing back the two video clips (which you need to download below)
  • A way of taking an image of your completed ‘character diagram’ (an iPad or similar is good)
  • Colour printouts of the various documents contained in the zip file download (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 files should run on any current computer, whether PC or Mac

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