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  • Ofsted pushes back resuming inspections to Summer 2021

    The Department for Education announced, in a press release, on 3rd December that full, graded Ofsted inspections will not resume until the summer term.

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2020

  • Clerks' Forum (Recorded December 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar focused on Data Protection from the perspective of the clerk to the Governing Body/Trust Board. We explored GDPR and the 2018 Data Protection Act implementation by schools, what governance should ensure is in place, and the potential considerations that have arisen from Covid-19 and its impact on schools.

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2020

  • Updated DfE guidance on Governor Meetings and visits to schools

    The Department for Education published a new edition of Governor Update on 2nd December. The Update contains guidance on Governing Body and Trust Board meetings, and the department’s advice on governor visits to schools, during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2020

  • Ofsted suspension on routine inspection

    The Department for Education issued a notice on 30th November, further suspending routine Ofsted inspections.

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2020

  • How to chair effectively (Recorded December 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar explored the role of the chair of the governing body/trust board, from the perspective of the practical behaviours and actions that contribute to effective chairing and leadership of governance within a school or trust. Attendees received good practice guidance on how to ensure the chair can motivate, inspire and lead governors and trustees to deliver effective governance within their setting.

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2020

  • Exploring Ethical Governance (Recorded November 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar explored the concept of Ethical Leadership in schools, with a particular focus on the work of school governance, both in maintained schools and academies. We clarified what is meant by Ethical Leadership, drawing on the work of the Ethical Leadership Commission and consider how the Framework for Ethical Leadership in Education principles should guide the work of schools and governance in 2020, moving towards 2021.

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2020

  • Good Questions for Governors to Ask (Recorded November 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar explored good practice in the questions that governors in maintained schools and academies should ask as a key means of demonstrating accountability. With Covid-19 and the restrictions in places on how governance functions at present, we focused on key aspects of school provision that those in governance can prioritise and how questions can help fuel our strategic oversight.

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2020

  • Higher Level Teaching Assistant status

    Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) is a nationally recognised status that can dramatically impact schools in a variety of ways. Those involved in governance in maintained schools and academies should be aware of the status and its far-reaching benefits to school communities.

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2020

  • Understanding the Company Secretary Function (Recorded November 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar explored the role of the Company Secretary, which many clerks, within Academies, find themselves asked to fulfil. We explored the key duties relating to the role of Company Secretary, as they apply within an academy trust, focusing on the elements of Company Law, compliance and filing.

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2020

  • Safeguarding – the strategic oversight of governance (Recorded November 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar provided all those involved in school governance with an oversight of what effective governance of this vital aspect of school provision should look like in 2020, as we move towards 2021.We explored statutory guidance, expectations, and what and how governance should be monitoring safeguarding against the backdrop of Covid-19.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2020

JUST BREAKING

Secondary School Covid Testing

The Department for Education (DfE) has issued a number of new guidance documents in the period immediately prior to the school Christmas holidays. These documents set out the government’s plans for mass-testing of all staff and pupils in secondary schools in the week of 4th January.