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  • Chairs' Forum - 16th June - 7PM

    This Better Governor webinar will look to the future of governance as the country moves forward from lockdown, school closures and more than a year of remote governance meetings. We will focus on the leadership role of the chair in ensuring the full restoration of key aspects of effective governance in 2021 including boards fully restoring their strategic overview and fulfilling their core functions, in the light of a continued absence of national pupil performance data, ongoing Teacher and Headteacher workload and well-being concerns, and the backdrop of recovery.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2021

  • Understanding your Trust’s Scheme of Delegation - 7th June - 12 noon

    This webinar is aimed at those involved in governance in academies and will explore the role and function of the Scheme of Delegation. We will focus on the principles of delegation and how these should inform the structure of the trust's Scheme of Delegation, and ultimately shape the work of governance at local level.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2021

  • Primary to Secondary School transition in 2021 - what governors need to know

    This podcast features a discussion between two of our governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn. The podcast explores some of the specific issues impacting on successful transition from Year 6 into Year 7 in September 2021. Steve and Linda talk about the impact of Covid and the related school closures and how this has led to changes in assessment, availability of pupil progress data to support transition, as well as a range of other issues that have arisen as a consequence of partial closures of school, remote learning, and the toll they may have taken on young people's lives.

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2021

  • Relationship, Sex and Health Education in Summer term 2021 Podcast

    This Better Governor podcast features a focused conversation between our two governance experts: Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn. Steve and Linda explore how governing boards should be monitoring Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE), now that the new statutory duty is fully in place and schools are expected to have provision complete by the start of the summer term 2021.

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2021

  • Pupil Exclusions (Recorded May 2021)

    This Better Governor webinar focused on the role of governance when exclusions occur in schools. Fixed term and permanent exclusions are subject to statutory regulations; the session explored current Department for Education guidance, which applies to academies and maintained schools. We focused on the role and responsibilities of governors asked to sit on pupil exclusion panels and set this into context of our general duty to ensure compliance.

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2021

  • New Pupil Premium requirements for schools

    Pupil Premium rules change for September 2021

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2021

  • Handling Allegations (Recorded April 2021)

    This Better Governor webinar explored how safeguarding allegations should be handled in schools and academies, and how this sits with the role of governance in terms of strategic oversight over the process. We focused on who should be involved and highlight the role of governance in handling allegations relating to the headteacher, which whilst rare, do occur from time to time.

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2021

  • Clerks' Briefing (Recorded 2021)

    This Better Governor webinar briefed clerks to governing boards in both maintained schools and academies on the key themes in education in general and school governance specifically that should be impacting on board agendas in the summer term of 2021.

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2021

  • Hot Topics (Recorded April 2021)

    This Hot Topics webinar explored what is new and relevant to school governance, that may impact on effective governance in the Summer term 2021 and beyond. The topics included are; new rules relating to Pupil Premium reporting, Behaviour Hubs, Ofsted plans for inspection of schools, and the new Early Career Framework.

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2021

  • The clerk as a professional advisor (Recorded April 2021)

    This Better Governor webinar focused on the key competence of the professional clerk; that of providing advice and guidance to governing boards. We explored 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

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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.