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  • Chairs’ Forum - Getting Governance back on track - 28th September - 7PM

    This Better Governor webinar will focus on the challenges that many governing boards face in reverting to a more normalised form of governance in their schools and trusts this term. We will explore some of the challenges and advantages of governance operating remotely and focus on good practice solutions, that chairs may wish to adopt, as many of us revert to face-to-face meetings or adopt a more blended approach to how governance functions at the end of 2021, moving towards 2022

    Consultant: Steve Barker September 2021

  • Academy Trust Handbook – what academy governors need to know - 27th September - 7PM

    The Academy Trust Handbook 2021 replaces the Academies Financial Handbook from 2020; its new title heralds some significant changes to this annual publication. This webinar will outline on the key changes that impact on the work of those involved in academy trust governance.

    Consultant: Steve Barker September 2021

  • What governors should expect from Risk Assessment in September 2021 Podcast

    This podcast focuses on a discussion between our two governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn. Their discussion relates to the expectations that those involved in school governance should have relating to risk assessments and subsequent procedures in their schools, given the ongoing nature of the Covid pandemic. Changes in Department for Education guidance in July and August 2021, whilst not necessarily changing assessed risks, do mean that schools will be reflecting on the associated procedures and it is important that governing boards are aware of the changes and understand how they will impact on school processes and procedures in the coming months.

    Consultant: Steve Barker September 2021

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education webinar (Recorded September 2021)

    This Better Governor webinar explored the key changes in the new, for September 2021, version of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE). The new edition has changed significantly following the Department for Education's consultation earlier in the year and we focused on the changes that those involved in school governance need to focus on.

    Consultant: Steve Barker September 2021

  • Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds worst affected by the loss of learning

    The Department of Education (DfE) has published research findings examining the extent of learning amongst all students in England, during the Autumn and Spring terms of the current academic year.

    Consultant: Sam Williams July 2021

  • Clerks’ Forum - Ofsted in the Autumn Term (Recorded July 2021)

    This Clerks' Forum featured focussed discussion on the various announcements and publications from Ofsted, that inform school's understanding of what the current inspection framework will look like in the Autumn Term. We explored elements of Ofsted's administration processes, how the revised handbooks impact on the role of governance during inspection and key themes emerging relating to lockdown and impact of school closures. The webinar supported clerks in their role of providing advice and guidance to governors.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2021

  • Supporting the progress of Disadvantaged Pupils (Recorded July 2021)

    This Better Governor webinar focused on disadvantaged children and young people, and the impact that the pandemic has had on their progress. We explored some of the interventions that schools have put in place to support disadvantaged pupils and how governors in maintained schools and academies should secure a strategic overview of the progress that they are achieving.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2021

  • Introduction to Governance (Recorded June 2021)

    This webinar, aimed at new school governors in both maintained schools and academies, focuses on understanding the role and function of governance alongside the skills and behaviours necessary to become an effective member of a governing board. Referencing the Department for Education’s Governance Handbook and Governance Competency Framework, we explore how schools identify their strategic priorities and reflect on the role of governance in; school improvement planning, monitoring and compliance. We also explore the application of this knowledge as a new governor.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2021

  • What makes an effective governor induction? Podcast

    Join our two governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn as they discuss what makes for effective governor induction. They explore the key elements of effective induction of new governors joining boards in both maintained schools and academies and focus on sharing best practice tips and advice from their own extensive experience as governors and chairs of governing boards.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2021

  • Chairs' Forum (Recorded June 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar looked to the future of governance as the country moves forward from lockdown, school closures and more than a year of remote governance meetings. We focused 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

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Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds worst affected by the loss of learning

The Department of Education (DfE) has published research findings examining the extent of learning amongst all students in England, during the Autumn and Spring terms of the current academic year. The research was conducted by The Education Policy Institute (EPI) and Renaissance Learning, for the DfE and follows interim findings from earlier research, published in February this year.