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  • SFVS - 26th January - 19:00

    This webinar will focus on the Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS), the maintained schools' annual financial self-evaluation activity, which statutorily must be completed by 31st March each year and submitted to the local authority. We will explore the standard, including the supporting materials and resources that aid governor completion.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2022

  • Clerks' Forum (January 2021)

    This Clerks’ Forum focused on the Competency 1, within the Clerking Competency Framework. ‘Understanding Governance’ is the foundation of the clerking role and we will explore the Core Functions of governance; what they mean in 2022 and specifically how they relate to and impact on the role of the clerk. We clarifed the specific statutory role and duties of the clerk and signpost relevant sources of further information, support and development opportunities that will enhance the role of the professional clerk.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2022

  • Staff workload and well-being - what governors need to know (Recorded Jan 2021)

    Teacher (and Headteacher) workload and its impact on well-being falls under the duty of care that governing boards have for their staff. This session explored what this means in practice and what schools can do to reduce workload. We focused on how governance should monitor this increasingly important aspect of their school's work in order to establish an appropriate strategic overview of its effectiveness.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2022

  • National School Governors Awareness Day - 22nd February 2022

    We are thrilled to be able to say that we are launching the inaugural National School Governors Awareness Day in 2022. We are finalising our plans for the day (22nd February) and would like to ask for your support as a registered user of Better Governor: we would be very grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete our short Governance survey which will then inform some of the themes and content for how we structure the day.

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2021

  • What governors need to know about the curriculum podcast

    This podcast is a conversation between our two governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn; it explores, in the light of the current Ofsted Inspection framework, the strategic oversight role of governors and trustees, in maintained schools and academies. Steve and Linda discuss the ‘musts’ around governance monitoring of the curriculum and dispel some of the myths around Ofsted terminology, expectations of school governance and specifically where ‘Deep Dives’ fit in the picture.

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2021

  • Improving the quality of minutes (Recorded December 2021)

    This Better Governor webinar was primarily aimed at clerks, but would be of benefit to governors and trustees who wish to deepen their understanding of good practice in this vital aspect of governance. We explored good practice in minute taking, drafting and and approval, equipping clerks with the knowledge of best practice, as we approach 2022, in terms of effective minutes that support effective governance in our schools and trusts.

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2021

  • The governance of Equality (Recorded December 2021)

    This webinar focused on the role and responsibilities of governance in maintained schools and academies, for ensuring that their schools and trusts comply with legislation. The 2010 Equality Act protects individuals from discrimination or unfair treatment on the basis of personal characteristics, such as age, special needs etc. and has considerable application within schools. We explored the key aspects of compliance and share best practice on how governors should seek assurance that their schools comply with all aspects of the law.

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2021

  • Role of local governance in Academies - 17th November - 12 noon

    Academy trusts operate a variety of governance models and use a number of different names for the arrangements they have in place at individual schools and groups of schools. This webinar will explore the basic principles of governance, within academies, and how the trust's Scheme of Delegation, outlines what has been delegated. We will reflect on how, at local level, those responsible for governance should be fulfilling the expectations of their role.

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2021

  • Raising awareness of sexual abuse in schools podcast

    The attention of the media on this specific safeguarding threat has grown significantly in 2021. This Better Governor podcast features a conversation between our two governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn, on the threat that peer-on-peer sexual abuse and violence poses to our children and young people. The scale of the issue is explored alongside research findings, from Ofsted, from the summer of 2021 and the Department for Educations latest guidance to schools. Those in governance will find this a useful summary of their role and the expectations of how governors should have an appropriately strategic overview of what their schools are doing to raise awareness of the issue and ensure that reporting of abuse is encouraged and rigorously investigated and acted upon.

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2021

  • Understanding the Instrument of Government Podcast

    This podcast features a discussion between our two governance and clerking experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn. Their focus is the role that the Instrument of Government plays in school governance, bring clarity of understanding to governors, of its significance and setting clear expectations for clerks, of how the document shapes governance within maintained schools and determines elections, appointments and the overall number of governors on the board.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 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.