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  • Conducting Headteacher Appraisal in Autumn 2020 webinar - 18th August - 12-1PM

    This webinar will focus on the role of governance in conducting headteacher appraisal. We will briefly explore the statutory regulations which form the backdrop to appraisal in schools and clarify how headteacher performance management/appraisal conversations should be shaped in 2020, in the aftermath of the Covid-19 school closures.

    Consultant: Steve Barker August 2020

  • School Transport – DfE announces new return to school funding

    School Transport – new funding announcement

    Consultant: Steve Barker August 2020

  • Ofsted - what governing bodies should be doing in the Autumn term podcast #2

    This second, in a series of two podcasts, looking at Ofsted’s activities in the Autumn term, explores what governing boards should be thinking about and doing, in order to ensure they are prepared for Ofsted’s visit to their school.

    Consultant: Steve Barker August 2020

  • Ofqual proposes changes to some GCSE, AS and A Level Exams for 2021

    The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) has published the outcomes of its consultation on proposed changes to some of the GCSE, AS, and A-Level examinations for Summer 2021. The consultation ran between 1st and 16th July with Ofqual confirming that 28,972 responses had been submitted.

    Consultant: Sam Williams August 2020

  • Introduction to School Finance Webinar - 13th August - 7PM

    This webinar is aimed at governors in maintained schools. We will focus on the third core function of governance; 'overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.' The webinar will introduce attendees to the process of budget planning within education and explore how this forms the back drop to governor monitoring of school financial performance. Accountability is driven by questioning from governance in all schools and we will look at the sort of finance questions governors should ask of their schools.

    Consultant: Steve Barker August 2020

  • Ofsted - what governing bodies should be doing in the Autumn term podcast

    This podcast focuses on the announcements made by Ofsted in early July

    Consultant: Steve Barker August 2020

  • Strategic Priorities and the School Development Plan Webinar (August 2020)

    This webinar explored the relationship between schools’ strategic priorities and their school development plan. Reflecting the statutory role of governance defined in the core function of ‘Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction’ we focused on the role of governance in agreeing strategic priorities and ensuring they are driving school improvement. We explored how School Development Plans will evolve to reflect the steps that schools are taking to identify, and then address, any gaps in pupils’ learning and personal development that may have emerged during the Covid-19 lockdown. We also discussed how SDP priorities are shaped by self-evaluation and in the absence of published pupil performance data this autumn, what for those in governance should expect this to take.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2020

  • Cyber-security in Schools

    On the 15th July the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), in association with the Department for Education (DfE), published new guidance on managing cyber-security risks in schools.

    Consultant: Sam Williams July 2020

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020 Webinar (Recorded July 2020)

    This webinar focuses on the new version of Keeping Children Safe In Education (KCSIE) 2020, which comes into force on September 1st. The session explores the key changes in KCSIE, particularly those that are of greatest relevance to school governance and our role in ensuring compliance.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2020

  • Re-opening Secondary Schools - exploring the guidance webinar (Recorded July 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar explores the latest Department for Education (DfE) guidance relating to the re-opening of secondary schools in England in September. We reflect on the DfE guidance and how it will impact on the risk assessment processes that schools have in place, and how those in governance should be engaging in the process. We provide advice and guidance on the sort of questions governors should be asking, in seeking assurance that schools are going to be safe for staff and pupils to return to.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2020

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Ofqual proposes changes to some GCSE, AS and A Level Exams for 2021

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) has published the outcomes of its consultation on proposed changes to some of the GCSE, AS, and A-Level examinations for Summer 2021. The consultation ran between 1st and 16th July with Ofqual confirming that 28,972 responses had been submitted.