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  • SFVS (Recorded January 2021)

    This Better Governor webinar explored the Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS), as it is structured for 2021. The 2021 completed SFVS must be submitted to the relevant Local Authority in March 2021. We focused on the role of governance in maintained schools, where SFVS is statutory, looking in detail at the expectations of governor participation and ownership of the vital financial self-evaluation tool.

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2020

  • Hot Topics (Recorded January 2021)

    This Better Governor 'Hot Topics' webinar explore key aspects of what is new and upcoming, in education and school governance, that those involved in governance, in academies and maintained schools, need to know about as we begin the Spring Term of 2021. We will focus on; the latest government advice for schools on Covid-19, Ofsted's evidence from their autumn term inspections, key changes in end of key stage assessments and public examinations for Summer 2021, and the consultation on Keeping Children Safe in Education for September 2021. We constantly monitor what happens in education and if other relevant issues arise, we will include those too.

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2020

  • Secondary School Covid Testing

    Covid Testing for English Secondary Schools in January 2021

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2020

  • Changes to KS1 and 2 assessment and testing for Summer 2021

    The Department for Education announced, on 3rd December , significant changes to planned SATs tests and end of key stage assessment in primary schools for summer 2021.

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2020

  • 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

JUST BREAKING

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.