All Content

  • 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

  • Understanding your Trust’s Scheme of Delegation (Recorded June 2021)

    This webinar was aimed at those involved in governance in academies and explored the role and function of the Scheme of Delegation. We focused 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

JUST BREAKING

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.