Module 2

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

This module is the same for Church schools and non-Church schools (only Module 1 is different).

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.

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 – the .mp4 video files should run on any current computer

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