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  • Chairs’ Forum – Keeping Governance a collective responsibility - 8th March - 7PM

    Since March 2020 governing boards in schools and academies have effectively transitioned from face-to-face to virtual meetings, and for the most part these meetings are shorter in duration. This Better Governor webinar will explore how, with virtual meetings most likely continuing well into the summer term, chairs can ensure that governance; is not over-reliant on the chair, recognises the value in effective delegation and, remains a collective responsibility. We will discuss practical examples of how chairs can encourage participation and ensure an inclusive ethos within the board.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2021

  • Clerks’ Forum (Recorded March 2021

    This webinar focused on the planned return to school, for all pupils, on March 8th and the implications that this has for governance generally and clerking specifically, both in terms of agenda setting and supporting advice and guidance.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2021

  • Hot Topics - Return to School special (Recorded March 2021)

    This Hot Topics webinar was an additional session focussing on the planned return to school, for all pupils, on March 8th. We explored and clarified Department for Education guidance, which has been extensive, since the Prime Minister's announcement on 22nd Feb and distil this into the key points that we believe governance needs to be aware of.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2021

  • School Financial Value Standard 2021 – exploring the role of governance Podcast

    This podcast features a focussed conversation between our two governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn, on the Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS) for 2021.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2021

  • Admission Appeal Panels - the role of the Clerk - 25th February - 14:00-15:00

    This Better Governor webinar will explore the vital role that the clerk plays in supporting the work of schools and Academy Trust Appeal Panels. We will focus on how the clerk's role encompasses administration, including minute taking, but also the provision of support and guidance to panel members, and where asked to appellants. Clerks will also be made aware of the additional considerations for the conduct of appeal panel hearings, that have been put in place during the pandemic.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2021

  • The role of the vice chair (Recorded February 2021)

    This Better Governor webinar explored the position of the vice-chair to the Governing Body. We looked at the very few regulations that apply and focus on the advantages that good practice in the role can bring to effective governance in both maintained schools and academies. This session helped; chairs improve workload through ideas for delegation and sharing, vice-chairs in becoming more effective, and any governor contemplating taking on the role, reflect on how they too can contribute towards effective governance of their school or trust.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2021

  • DfE update school website requirements

    What schools must publish online updated February 2021

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2021

  • Recruiting School Governors during lockdown Podcast

    This Better Governor podcast focuses on the challenges that governing boards face in recruiting new governors, during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2021

  • The governance of Early Years (Recorded February 2021)

    This Better Governor webinar focused on effective governance of Early Years settings. The session was relevant to governors in stand-alone nurseries as well as those in primary schools that have Early Years Foundation Stage pupils on roll. We explored how the principles of effective governance can be applied in an early years setting whilst considering the impact of Covid -19 and how this shapes current practice.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2021

  • Governance: Structures and Role Descriptors in Maintained Schools Podcast

    This Better Governor podcast explores the Department of Education (DfE) guidance document Structures and Role descriptors, published in late 2020.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 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.