This Better Governor webinar will explore good practice in the questions that governors in maintained schools and academies should ask as a key means of demonstrating accountability. With Covid-19 and the restrictions in places on how governance functions at present, we will focus on key aspects of school provision that those in governance can prioritise and how questions can help fuel our strategic oversight.
Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) is a nationally recognised status that can dramatically impact schools in a variety of ways. Those involved in governance in maintained schools and academies should be aware of the status and its far-reaching benefits to school communities.
This Better Governor webinar explored the role of the Company Secretary, which many clerks, within Academies, find themselves asked to fulfil. We explored the key duties relating to the role of Company Secretary, as they apply within an academy trust, focusing on the elements of Company Law, compliance and filing.
This Better Governor webinar provided all those involved in school governance with an oversight of what effective governance of this vital aspect of school provision should look like in 2020, as we move towards 2021.We explored statutory guidance, expectations, and what and how governance should be monitoring safeguarding against the backdrop of Covid-19.
This Better Governor Chairs' Forum explored, in the context of the current Covid-19 pandemic, how governors can continue to fulfil their monitoring role, whilst many schools are asking all potential visitors to stay away, in order to safeguard the health and well-being of staff and pupils. We focused on how chairs can foster an approach to governor monitoring, which maintains the integrity and impact of visits to the school but achieves this through virtual means.
We have received many calls and e-mails since the start of the academic year regarding the question of whether governor meetings this term should continue to be held virtually or is it now appropriate to revert to face-to-face meetings in school. The most recent guidance from the Department of Education (DfE) was published on this week in School Governance Update. The guidance on the subject is identical for maintained schools and academies.
This Better Governor Clerks' Forum focused on the processes and procedures, administered by most clerks, underpinning the election of parent and staff governors. Against the backdrop of regulations, we explored what clerks need to ensure is in place and what discretion schools have in creating their own procedures. We provided good practice guidance, including how to organise online elections, which may be more appropriate with the current Covid-19 restrictions in place.
This Better Governor Webinar explored effective governance oversight of the provision for, and outcomes of, Looked After Children. We focused on the statutory expectations and how Looked after Children, including those who have left local authority care through adoption, special guardianship order or child arrangements order are classified as disadvantaged, attracting pupil premium and the governance responsibilities that accompany this.
This Better Governor webinar explored the expectations relating to the role of the nominated Safeguarding Governor. We focused on the opportunities that the Safeguarding Governor should take in developing a deeper knowledge of safeguarding, how they should engage with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), the questions they should asking the DSL and how they should share what they learn, in order to enhance the collective knowledge of the board.
This Better Governor webinar focused on the vital role that risk management has in schools. This session put risk assessment in its wider context for governors and trustees and explored the strategic oversight that governors should have of the process of managing all risks in their school or trust. The Covid-19 pandemic has raised the profile of risk assessment in relation to Health & Safety; this webinar has taken the focus beyond this and explore all areas of school lie where potential risks should be identified and managed.