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  • Hot Topics - 20th April - 7PM

    This Hot Topics webinar will explore what is new and relevant to school governance, that may impact on effective governance in the Summer term 2021 and beyond. The topics we are planning to include, at this point include; new rules relating to Pupil Premium reporting, Behaviour Hubs, Ofsted plans for inspection of schools, and the new Early Career Framework. The contents may be varied dependant upon any new information becoming available from the time of drafting this and April 20th.

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2021

  • The clerk as a professional advisor - 30th March - 12 noon

    This Better Governor webinar will focus on the key competence of the professional clerk; that of providing advice and guidance to governing boards. We will explore how this is best achieved and outline strategies that clerks can employ to overcome barriers to them being enabled and empowered to do so.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2021

  • The role of the School Business Manager and how it supports governance (Recorded March 2021)

    This Better Governor webinar explored how effective governance relies on effective working relationships between the School Business Manager(SBM)/Bursar and the Governing Board. We explored key aspects of the SBM/Bursar role highlighting where this supports timely decision making by the board and in turn, the board's effective strategic oversight of school finance.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2021

  • Better Governor Conference - The Governance of Inclusion in 2021 (Recorded April 2021)

    This Better Governor online conference explored governors’ strategic oversight of inclusion in our schools, in the aftermath of Covid-19 lockdowns and partial school closures. Our speakers focused on key aspects of provision from the perspective of what those in governance need to know.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2021

  • Staff Mental Health and well-being – governance oversight in 2021 - 17th March - 7PM

    This webinar will explore the impact of mental health and well-being within the school workforce, reflect on the impact and benefits of prioritising staff wellbeing in schools and identify the factors that contribute to effective governance oversight of staff mental health and well-being.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2021

  • Listening to your Clerk Podcast

    This podcast features a focussed discussion between our two governance and Clerking experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn. Steve and Linda explore how the role and expectations of the clerk to the Governing Board have evolved and now extend to the confident provision of advice, support and guidance to the chair of the board and all governors. The session focuses on expectations and how working together clerks, chairs and their boards can improv the effectiveness of governance in their school or trust.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2021

  • Governance of the Single Central Record Podcast

    This podcast focuses on the role of governance in ensuring this vital aspect of Safer Recruitment compliance is both in place and accurate. Our two governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn, explore the purpose and statutory status of the Single Central Record and discuss effectiveness of governance monitoring of it. The podcast also includes good practice tips on how effective monitoring can take place remotely.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2021

  • Chairs’ Forum – Keeping Governance a collective responsibility (Recorded March 2021)

    Since March 2020 governing boards in schools and academies have effectively transitioned from face-to-face to virtual meetings, and for the most part these meetings are shorter in duration. This Better Governor webinar explored how, with virtual meetings most likely continuing well into the summer term, chairs can ensure that governance; is not over-reliant on the chair, recognises the value in effective delegation and, remains a collective responsibility. We discussed practical examples of how chairs can encourage participation and ensure an inclusive ethos within the board.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2021

  • Clerks’ Forum (Recorded March 2021

    This webinar focused on the planned return to school, for all pupils, on March 8th and the implications that this has for governance generally and clerking specifically, both in terms of agenda setting and supporting advice and guidance.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2021

  • Hot Topics - Return to School special (Recorded March 2021)

    This Hot Topics webinar was an additional session focussing on the planned return to school, for all pupils, on March 8th. We explored and clarified Department for Education guidance, which has been extensive, since the Prime Minister's announcement on 22nd Feb and distil this into the key points that we believe governance needs to be aware of.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2021

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DfE update school website requirements

On 12th February 2021, the Department for Education updated What maintained schools must publish online and the academy version; What academies, free schools and colleges should publish online. Both publications have been updated to reflect the statutory requirements relating to remote learning.