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  • New to Chairing - 25th January - 7PM

    This Better Governor webinar is aimed at those; new to the role of chair, contemplating taking the chair, and those who simply wish to refresh their knowledge and practice. We will explore the role and responsibilities of the chair of the board, explore good practice and focus on how the chair should lead the board.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2021

  • Setting the agenda - Podcast

    This Better Governor podcast features a conversation between our two governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn. Steve and Linda are discussing the process of Governing Body agenda setting.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2021

  • Pupil Online Safety in 2021 (Recorded January 2021)

    During lockdown most pupils in our schools are spending more time at home and for many this will equate to more time online. This webinar focused on the role of governance in schools to ensure that children and young people are protected from the threats that an online presence can represent and also how schools are building pupil resilience and improving parental knowledge and awareness. We reflected on current guidance form a wide range of organisations and equip governors with questions to ask back in school.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2021

  • The role of Members in academy trusts - Podcast

    This podcast features our two governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn in conversation on the role and responsibilities of Members in academy trusts.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2021

  • Clerks' Briefing (Recorded January 2021)

    This Spring Term Clerks' Briefing session ensured clerks to maintained schools and academies are briefed on what they need to know, in preparation for the coming term's meetings. We explored the latest guidance from the Department for Education and its implications for school governance in addition to focusing on key aspects of compliance and effective governance, that clerks should be incorporating into their planning.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2021

  • Pupil Premium – December 2020 Update

    On 17th December the Department for Education (DfE) published a Pupil Premium Policy Paper. The update confirms that the 2021 – 2022 financial year pupil premium funding will remain unchanged.

    Consultant: Sam Williams January 2021

  • SFVS (Recorded January 2021)

    This Better Governor webinar explored the Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS), as it is structured for 2021. The 2021 completed SFVS must be submitted to the relevant Local Authority in March 2021. We focused on the role of governance in maintained schools, where SFVS is statutory, looking in detail at the expectations of governor participation and ownership of the vital financial self-evaluation tool.

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2020

  • Hot Topics (Recorded January 2021)

    This Better Governor 'Hot Topics' webinar explore key aspects of what is new and upcoming, in education and school governance, that those involved in governance, in academies and maintained schools, need to know about as we begin the Spring Term of 2021. We will focus on; the latest government advice for schools on Covid-19, Ofsted's evidence from their autumn term inspections, key changes in end of key stage assessments and public examinations for Summer 2021, and the consultation on Keeping Children Safe in Education for September 2021. We constantly monitor what happens in education and if other relevant issues arise, we will include those too.

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2020

  • Secondary School Covid Testing

    Covid Testing for English Secondary Schools in January 2021

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2020

  • Changes to KS1 and 2 assessment and testing for Summer 2021

    The Department for Education announced, on 3rd December , significant changes to planned SATs tests and end of key stage assessment in primary schools for summer 2021.

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2020

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Secondary School Covid Testing

The Department for Education (DfE) has issued a number of new guidance documents in the period immediately prior to the school Christmas holidays. These documents set out the government’s plans for mass-testing of all staff and pupils in secondary schools in the week of 4th January.