E- Learning for Governors
** NEW FOR 2020 **
Governor Services have teamed up with NGA Learning Link and is now offering Online training for Governors. We believe this offer will enhance our current comprehensive training programme and is open to all Governing Bodies that purchase an SLA for either Clerking or Training and Development package. If your school does not buy into our clerking or training and development package but you would like to access the Learning Link, please contact us direct.
With over 50 governance modules aligned to NGA’s Knowledge Centre, the suite covers the following sessions:
Structures, roles and responsibilities
These modules will help you to understand school and trust structures, and what is expected of you as a governor or trustee
Governance: Your role, your responsibilities, your organisation
Getting it right as a staff governor
Key Functions of the governing board
The constitution of the governing board
Governance of a church school
Different Models of Governance
These modules aim to help you improve the effectiveness of your governing board, including visiting your school or schools, Ofsted inspections and succession planning
NEW - Succession Planning
Effectiveness: Governance making an impact, changing lives
Working Together: Building the team and improving the organisation
Handling difficult situations
Ofsted Inspection of Schools
Planning for succession in the governing board
Governors’ visits to schools
Vision, Ethos & Strategic Direction
Covering risk management, evaluating effectiveness and your role in school improvement, these modules will help you shape your school or trust’s strategic direction
Strategy: Living your values, reaching your vision, managing the risk
The governing board's role in school improvement
Monitoring and evaluation
Pupil Success & Wellbeing
These modules focus on the core purpose of your schools or trust – the quality of education it should be providing to pupils
Your organisation: Understanding school structures and what children should learn
Progress and attainment: using data to improve educational outcomes
Arts & Cultural Education: Improving your school and its curriculum
Early Years Education
Monitoring performance data and targets
The role of the SEND governor
Looked after children
Collaborating With Partners
Find out about key partners and stakeholders, how to develop relationships with them, and how engagement with stakeholders can lead to better outcomes for pupils
Engaging with pupils and parents
These modules cover the key stages in the lead executive recruitment process and the critical role the board has in holding executive leaders to account through effective headteacher appraisal
Headteacher recruitment - succession planning
Headteacher appraisal and capability
The best use of resources
These modules will provide you with the tools and approaches for developing financial efficiency in your school or trust
Resources: Making the most of what you’ve got
Understanding schools finance
Managing Academy Finance
Covering key areas of compliance such as safeguarding, health and safety and admissions, these modules will make you aware of the most important points from legislation and guidance
Compliance: Assuring your organisation, keeping it safe, secure and solvent
Equality and Diversity
Getting to know the law
Governing board duties on compliance
Safeguarding: the governors role
Health and Safety
These modules will help new and experienced clerks to get a better understanding of their role and how to carry it out well
Clerking a trust or an academy committee
Introduction to Clerking Academies
Introduction to clerking maintained schools
The clerk as co-ordinator of continuing professional development
The clerk’s role in the appointment of the headteacher or deputy
Supporting the governing board in raising school standards
Governors and Ofsted
Helping struggling governing bodies
Clerking an Interim Executive Board
Preparing for a meeting
Recording a meeting
This module explores key challenges for multi academy trusts, common pitfalls, and what effective MAT governance looks like
Effective MAT Governance
A range of resources covering current governance-related issues for you to download and keep
GDPR: An overview for governors
Improving School Accountability
Mentally Healthy Schools
Further online modules
Included in the NGA learning Link offer are a range of modules developed by Virtual College for a wider audience, which provide useful background information on a range of topics with relevance to governance such as important aspects of safeguarding and health and safety
Become a School Governor
What is a school governor?
The role of the school governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to your local community. School governing bodies are responsible for working with the Headteacher and school staff to ensure the school delivers good quality education. School governors are volunteers who work in partnership with school staff to oversee and monitor educational standards in school which is a key priority.
Governors are involved in setting the school's aims and values, planning for the long term future and holding school leaders to account for high standards of achievement. Governors are also involved in managing school finances.
The 5 key responsibilities of being a Governor are:
1) Setting ethos and values
2) Holding leadership to account
3) Balancing support and challenge
4) Distinguishing between help and interference
5) Taking responsibility for the Head’s wellbeing.
3 Core functions of a Governing Body :
1. To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
2. To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
3. To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent
Governors also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:
Determining how the school's budget is spent
Hearing appeals and grievances
Forming policy on the school's curriculum and collective worship
Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline
Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies
You don't have to have children at the school to be a governor. However, you do have to be over 18, and pass a formal check for your suitability to be within a school. No specific qualifications are required but there are certain expectations around values, behaviour and commitment to the role which all Governors must follow.
What's really important is that you have the skills, time and commitment to help drive school improvement and the passion and ambition to achieve the best possible education for children and young people.
North Tyneside Council offers a comprehensive Governor Training programme to help with the role. New governors are expected to attend a one day induction course which is essential to helping you understand your role so you can begin to make a positive difference to your governing body.
For further information please contact Kathleen Wallace on (0191) 643 8720 or via e-mail at email@example.com
For more information about the role, please visit our Governor Services Portal at http://www.educationservices.org.uk
Free period products for all schools and colleges in England
Free period products are to be made available to all schools and colleges in England, as the Department for Education launches its fully funded scheme.
The new scheme is set to give pupils easy access to period products at school or college, helping to break down stigmas and ensure no young person’s education is disrupted by their period.From Monday 20 January, schools and colleges across the country will be able to order a range of period products from supplier PHS Group, making period products readily available for all young people when they need them.
Children and Families Minister Michelle Donelan said:
Periods are a normal part of everyday life and we do not want young people missing out on lessons because of them. We know that it is not easy for everyone to access period products where and when they need them. This scheme will deal with those problems so young people can go about their daily lives without getting caught out if they have come on their period unexpectedly, forgotten to bring products with them or if they can’t afford the products they need.
This follows the Government’s commitment last year to fully fund period products for all state-funded primary schools, secondary schools and colleges. It also forms part of the Department’s ambition to improve provision of products for young people, helping to support campaigns to break the stigma around periods and raise awareness of menstruation. The scheme also comes just months before health education becomes a compulsory for all state funded primary and secondary schools, under new guidance on relationships, sex and health education from September 2020 – to ensure all young people learn about living healthy lives, including menstrual wellbeing.
The Government also introduced the £15 million annual Tampon Tax Fund to support women’s charities – and made a commitment to end period poverty globally by 2030.
Preparing Schools for Brexit
The government’s advice to schools on how to prepare for Brexit is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/eu-exit-no-deal-preparations-for-schools-in-england. This covers how Brexit, especially without a deal, will effect taking school trips to Europe, the employment of EU, EEA and Swiss nationals, workplace rights, the rights of pupils who are EU, EAA or Swiss citizens, and ensuring that adequate food is available for school meals and that it meets nutritional standards.
Clerks allowed to take notes during inspection feedback
The new Ofsted framework for inspection came into effect at the beginning of this term. At the same time the reports on inspections have also changed, making them briefer and clearer. There will no longer be separate sections on each of the four judgments, which means that there will also be no separate paragraph on the quality of governance.
Matthew Purves, Deputy Director of Schools at Ofsted, provided assurance that governance remains a key area of inspection. He stated that inspectors will speak to as many governors as possible, without staff present, and that as most inspections now last two days there will be more opportunity to do this. Governors will continue to attend the final feedback meeting, and, in a change to the Inspection Handbook, clerks are now allowed to take notes of the meeting, for the benefit of any governors who cannot be present. He reiterated that the contents of the meeting should be shared with all governors, whether they can attend it or not.