Oct
20
Wed
South East Regional Meeting
Oct 20 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

For further information, please contact your regional reps as follows:

Eastern (Kent and Sussex)

Nick Hughes (Thanet District Council) and Matthew Archer (Canterbury City Council)

Email: nicholas.hughes@adso.co.uk
Email: matthew.archer@canterbury.gov.uk

Western (Hampshire and Surrey)

Sally Prior (Test Valley Borough Council) and Kevin Greenhough (Hampshire County Council)

Email: SPrior@testvalley.gov.uk
Email: kevin.greenhough@hants.gov.uk

Nov
9
Tue
Part 1: Overview and Scrutiny @ Online via Zoom
Nov 9 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

ADSO are delighted to announce the launch the interactive, virtual course ‘Overview and Scrutiny’.  The course will be delivered as two, two and half hour to three hour workshops held virtually.  Delegates will be required to attend both of the virtual workshops.

Audience
This course is aimed at Democratic Services Officers who wish to develop their understanding of the main principles, roles and methodology of overview and scrutiny.  The target audience will be those who need an introduction to overview and scrutiny to equip them with the basics to support Overview and Scrutiny Committees and task and finish groups.

The content is also linked to Module 7 of the ADSO Certificate so it will help learners with their research for this module.

How the course will be delivered
The course will be delivered virtually, to maximise the delegates learning experience the course has been broken into two virtual workshops.

The workshops will

  • Provide an understanding of the relevant legislation underpinning overview and scrutiny
  • Provide an understanding of the roles and principles of good scrutiny
  • Explore ideas about how to put together a Scrutiny Work Programme
  • Explore how to scope a scrutiny review
  • Consider the principles of good questioning

The workshops will include plenary presentations and smaller group working, enabling delegates to learn with delegates from across the country.

Trainer
The virtual workshops will be led by Peter Foulsham and Katherine Harclerode.

Peter is the Democratic Services and Scrutiny Manager at Wyre Council in Lancashire, and spent twelve years as a Scrutiny Officer.  He is an assessor on the ADSO Diploma in Local Democracy and also supports ADSO’s training programme.

Katherine supports scrutiny as a Governance Advisor at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council in South Yorkshire. She is a Joint Regional Representative of ADSO. After her first role as a professional forensic interviewer of children, she was a university instructor for ten years and a corporate trainer at General Dynamics for five years.

Date and time
Part 1:  9 November 2021, 9:30 – 12:30

Part 2:  16 November 2021, 9:30 – 12:30

Delegates are required to attend both workshops.  Please note that you only need to book on the 9 November course date to be able to attend both workshops.

Cost

  • ADSO Member rate – £110 per person to attend the course
  • Non-ADSO Member rate – £160 per person to attend the course

All costs subject to VAT.

ADSO reserve up to two places on this course for an ADSO learner depending on demand – please contact us if you wish to be allocated a learner place.

How to book a place
To book a place please use the online booking form via the link below:

https://www.emcouncils.gov.uk/adso/ADSO—Overview-and-Scrutiny/79097

Please note that you will need to supply a purchase order number.  This can either be done by adding to your online booking, alternatively email the purchase order to kirsty.lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk.  The Terms and conditions of booking can be found here.

Virtual Platform
The virtual workshop will be held using Zoom.

If you have any questions about the course contact Kirsty.Lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk

Nov
10
Wed
ADSO Webinar – School Appeals: Best Practice @ via GoTo Webinar
Nov 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This free webinar, hosted by ADSO, will take place on Wednesday 10th November 2021 from 11.00am – 12.00pm.  This second session on School Appeals will provide more detail about best practice at hearings and in relation clerk’s notes and decisions.

The presenters will be Rachel Williamson, Democratic Services Manager, Richmond and Wandsworth Councils and Ann Coldicott, Democratic Services Manager, Essex County Council.  You will have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters and share your views through a Q&A session following the main presentation.

To register for the webinar, please click on the following link which will take you to the registration page:

 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4608593507919653387

The webinar is sponsored FCS Software Solutions (https://fcssoftware.co.uk/ ), delivering the next generation of Local Government Software.  Their AppealsPro Management solution is suite of secure, web-based applications that are designed to manage school appeals and exclusions across all schools and key stages from reception to secondary.

 

AppealsPro Brochure

extension: pdf

Nov
16
Tue
Part 2: Overview and Scrutiny @ Online via Zoom
Nov 16 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

ADSO are delighted to announce the launch the interactive, virtual course ‘Overview and Scrutiny’.  The course will be delivered as two, two and half hour to three hour workshops held virtually.  Delegates will be required to attend both of the virtual workshops.

Audience
This course is aimed at Democratic Services Officers who wish to develop their understanding of the main principles, roles and methodology of overview and scrutiny.  The target audience will be those who need an introduction to overview and scrutiny to equip them with the basics to support Overview and Scrutiny Committees and task and finish groups.

The content is also linked to Module 7 of the ADSO Certificate so it will help learners with their research for this module.

How the course will be delivered
The course will be delivered virtually, to maximise the delegates learning experience the course has been broken into two virtual workshops.

The workshops will

  • Provide an understanding of the relevant legislation underpinning overview and scrutiny
  • Provide an understanding of the roles and principles of good scrutiny
  • Explore ideas about how to put together a Scrutiny Work Programme
  • Explore how to scope a scrutiny review
  • Consider the principles of good questioning

The workshops will include plenary presentations and smaller group working, enabling delegates to learn with delegates from across the country.

Trainer
The virtual workshops will be led by Peter Foulsham and Katherine Harclerode.

Peter is the Democratic Services and Scrutiny Manager at Wyre Council in Lancashire, and spent twelve years as a Scrutiny Officer.  He is an assessor on the ADSO Diploma in Local Democracy and also supports ADSO’s training programme.

Katherine supports scrutiny as a Governance Advisor at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council in South Yorkshire. She is a Joint Regional Representative of ADSO. After her first role as a professional forensic interviewer of children, she was a university instructor for ten years and a corporate trainer at General Dynamics for five years.

Date and time
Part 1:  9 November 2021, 9:30 – 12:30

Part 2:  16 November 2021, 9:30 – 12:30

Delegates are required to attend both workshops.  Please note that you only need to book on the 9 November course date to be able to attend both workshops.

Cost

  • ADSO Member rate – £110 per person to attend the course
  • Non-ADSO Member rate – £160 per person to attend the course

All costs subject to VAT.

ADSO reserve up to two places on this course for an ADSO learner depending on demand – please contact us if you wish to be allocated a learner place.

How to book a place
To book a place please use the online booking form via the link below:

https://www.emcouncils.gov.uk/adso/ADSO—Overview-and-Scrutiny/79097

Please note that you will need to supply a purchase order number.  This can either be done by adding to your online booking, alternatively email the purchase order to kirsty.lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk.  The Terms and conditions of booking can be found here.

Virtual Platform
The virtual workshop will be held using Zoom.

If you have any questions about the course contact Kirsty.Lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk

Nov
18
Thu
Part 1: Just a Minute (November) @ Online via Zoom
Nov 18 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

ADSO are delighted to announce an additional opportunity to join the interactive, virtual course ‘Just a Minute’.  Just a Minute will be delivered as two, two and a half hour workshops held virtually.  Delegates will be required to attend both of the virtual workshops.

Audience
This course is aimed at Democratic Services Officers who are required to take minutes of meetings.   The target audience will be those who are relatively new to democratic service teams and those with a few years experience.

How the course will be delivered
The course will be delivered virtually, to maximise the delegates learning experience the course has been broken into two virtual workshops.

The workshops will include plenary presentations, case studies and smaller group working, enabling delegates to learn with delegates from across the country.

This workshop aims to provide you with the skills and knowledge to write a local government minute, including:

  • An understanding of the law relating to local government minutes
  • Tips and good practice for local government minute writing
  • An awareness of the different minutes styles used for different types of meetings
  • The opportunity to apply your knowledge in practical exercises and case studies with colleagues from other local authorities.

You will need to bring pen and paper, or laptop, or your own preferred minute writing medium!

Trainer
The virtual workshops will be led by Ian Millichap.  Ian has over 30 years’ experience of working in local government and has spent 15 years in senior roles.  He has previously worked for London Borough of Southwark as head of the committee governance team.  Ian has Clerked Full Council, Cabinet and all Major Committees and has experience of both Committee and Executive arrangements.  He is a Member of Governance Institute (Formerly ISCA).

Ian now supports ADSO with their virtual training programmes.

Date and time

  • Thursday 18 November 2021 – 9:30 – 12:30
  • Tuesday 23 November 2021 – 9:30 – 12:30

Delegates are required to attend both workshops.  Please note that you only need to book on the 18 November course date to be able to attend both workshops.

How to book a place
To book a place please use the online booking form via the link below.

https://www.emcouncils.gov.uk/adso/ADSO—Just-a-Minute-November/79070

Please note that you will need to supply a purchase order number.  This can either be done by adding to your online booking, alternatively email the purchase order to kirsty.lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk.  Please note that the ADSO Certificate Learner free places do not apply for the ‘Just a Minute’ Course.

Terms and Conditions of booking can be found here.

Cost

  • ADSO Member rate – £110 per person to attend the course
  • Non-ADSO Member rate – £160 per person to attend the course

All costs subject to VAT.

Virtual Platform
The virtual workshop will be held using Zoom.

If you have any questions about the course contact Kirsty.Lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk

Nov
23
Tue
Part 2: Just a Minute (November) @ Online via Zoom
Nov 23 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

ADSO are delighted to announce an additional opportunity to join the interactive, virtual course ‘Just a Minute’.  Just a Minute will be delivered as two, two and a half hour workshops held virtually.  Delegates will be required to attend both of the virtual workshops.

Audience
This course is aimed at Democratic Services Officers who are required to take minutes of meetings.   The target audience will be those who are relatively new to democratic service teams and those with a few years experience.

How the course will be delivered
The course will be delivered virtually, to maximise the delegates learning experience the course has been broken into two virtual workshops.

The workshops will include plenary presentations, case studies and smaller group working, enabling delegates to learn with delegates from across the country.

This workshop aims to provide you with the skills and knowledge to write a local government minute, including:

  • An understanding of the law relating to local government minutes
  • Tips and good practice for local government minute writing
  • An awareness of the different minutes styles used for different types of meetings
  • The opportunity to apply your knowledge in practical exercises and case studies with colleagues from other local authorities.

You will need to bring pen and paper, or laptop, or your own preferred minute writing medium!

Trainer
The virtual workshops will be led by Ian Millichap.  Ian has over 30 years’ experience of working in local government and has spent 15 years in senior roles.  He has previously worked for London Borough of Southwark as head of the committee governance team.  Ian has Clerked Full Council, Cabinet and all Major Committees and has experience of both Committee and Executive arrangements.  He is a Member of Governance Institute (Formerly ISCA).

Ian now supports ADSO with their virtual training programmes.

Date and time

  • Thursday 18 November 2021 – 9:30 – 12:30
  • Tuesday 23 November 2021 – 9:30 – 12:30

Delegates are required to attend both workshops.  Please note that you only need to book on the 18 November course date to be able to attend both workshops.

How to book a place
To book a place please use the online booking form via the link below.

https://www.emcouncils.gov.uk/adso/ADSO—Just-a-Minute-November/79070

Please note that you will need to supply a purchase order number.  This can either be done by adding to your online booking, alternatively email the purchase order to kirsty.lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk.  Please note that the ADSO Certificate Learner free places do not apply for the ‘Just a Minute’ Course.

Terms and Conditions of booking can be found here.

Cost

  • ADSO Member rate – £110 per person to attend the course
  • Non-ADSO Member rate – £160 per person to attend the course

All costs subject to VAT.

Virtual Platform
The virtual workshop will be held using Zoom.

If you have any questions about the course contact Kirsty.Lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk

Nov
25
Thu
ADSO Annual Conference 2021 – Day 1 @ via Goto Webinar
Nov 25 @ 9:30 am – 1:15 pm

For full details and to book click here

Please note you only need to submit one booking form which covers both days of the conference.

Nov
26
Fri
ADSO Annual Conference 2021 – Day 2 @ via Goto Webinar
Nov 26 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

For full details and to book click here

Please note you only need to submit one booking form which covers both days of the conference.

East Midlands Regional Meeting @ via Microsoft Teams
Nov 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Nov
30
Tue
Part 1: Ethics and Standards @ Online via Zoom
Nov 30 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

ADSO are delighted to announce a new interactive, virtual course ‘Ethics and Standards’.  The course will be delivered as two workshops held virtually.

Audience
This course is aimed at Democratic Services Officers who wish to develop their understanding of the legal framework within which councils operate and the practical application of this to the range of work areas undertaken by democratic services teams.  The course content will be relevant both to those who are relatively new to democratic services and officers with a few years’ experience, who may want to refresh their knowledge on ethics and standards.

How the course will be delivered
The course will be delivered virtually.  To maximise the delegates’ learning experience the course has been broken into two virtual workshops.

The workshops will:

Workshop 1

  • Provide an overview of the Legal Framework
  • An overview of the Code of Conduct, together with some case studies
  • Committee on Standards in Public Life and LGA – model Code of Conduct
  • What the law says about Members’ Interests, together various case studies regarding Members’ Interests
  • Dispensations from the Monitoring Officer

Workshop 2

  • Provide a short recap of the learning from Workshop 1
  • An overview of the Standards Committees
  • Explanation of Independent Persons and their role
  • Details about complaints, Investigations and Standards Hearings, together with various case studies around complaints

The workshops will include plenary presentations, case studies and smaller group working, enabling delegates to learn with delegates from across the country.  This will also provide great opportunity for delegates to network and share contact details with each other for future reference and information sharing.

Trainer
The virtual workshops will be led by Tracy Tiff. Tracy has worked in Local Government since 1995, moving to Democratic Services in 1997. She has a wealth of experience and knowledge in governance, constitution and Overview and Scrutiny.  Tracy gained valuable experience from worked at Northampton Borough Council from 2001 to 2021, transferring to the newly formed Unitary Council – West Northants Council in April 2021; where she is continuing in the field of Democratic Services.

Dates and times

Workshop 1 – 30 November 2021  9:30am to 12:30pm

Workshop 2 – 8 December 2021    9:30am to 12:30pm

Delegates are required to attend both workshops.  Please note that you only need to book on the 30 November course date to be able to attend both workshops.

How to book a place
To book a place please use the online booking form via the link below.  Please note that you will need to supply a purchase order number.  This can either be done by adding to your online booking, alternatively email the purchase order to kirsty.lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk.

Booking link:  https://www.emcouncils.gov.uk/adso/Ethics-and-Standards-ADSO/79402

Cost

  • ADSO Member rate – £110 per person to attend the course
  • Non-ADSO Member rate – £160 per person to attend the course

All costs subject to VAT.

ADSO reserve up to two places on this course for an ADSO learner depending on demand – please email Kirsty.lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk if you wish to be allocated a learner place.

Terms and conditions for booking can be found here – www.emcouncils.gov.uk/ADSO-Terms-and-Conditions 

Virtual Platform
The virtual workshop will be held using Zoom.

If you have any questions about the course contact Kirsty.Lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk

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