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  • Ofsted - what governing bodies should be doing in the Autumn term podcast

    This podcast focuses on the announcements made by Ofsted in early July

    Consultant: Steve Barker August 2020

  • Strategic Priorities and the School Development Plan Webinar (August 2020)

    This webinar explored the relationship between schools’ strategic priorities and their school development plan. Reflecting the statutory role of governance defined in the core function of ‘Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction’ we focused on the role of governance in agreeing strategic priorities and ensuring they are driving school improvement. We explored how School Development Plans will evolve to reflect the steps that schools are taking to identify, and then address, any gaps in pupils’ learning and personal development that may have emerged during the Covid-19 lockdown. We also discussed how SDP priorities are shaped by self-evaluation and in the absence of published pupil performance data this autumn, what for those in governance should expect this to take.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2020

  • Cyber-security in Schools

    On the 15th July the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), in association with the Department for Education (DfE), published new guidance on managing cyber-security risks in schools.

    Consultant: Sam Williams July 2020

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020 Webinar (Recorded July 2020)

    This webinar focuses on the new version of Keeping Children Safe In Education (KCSIE) 2020, which comes into force on September 1st. The session explores the key changes in KCSIE, particularly those that are of greatest relevance to school governance and our role in ensuring compliance.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2020

  • Re-opening Secondary Schools - exploring the guidance webinar (Recorded July 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar explores the latest Department for Education (DfE) guidance relating to the re-opening of secondary schools in England in September. We reflect on the DfE guidance and how it will impact on the risk assessment processes that schools have in place, and how those in governance should be engaging in the process. We provide advice and guidance on the sort of questions governors should be asking, in seeking assurance that schools are going to be safe for staff and pupils to return to.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2020

  • DfE Confirms PE & Sport Premium funding for 2020-21

    On Sunday 5th July the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson confirmed the continuation funding for the PE & Sport Premium for the next academic year.

    Consultant: Sam Williams July 2020

  • Academies Financial Handbook 2020 - what governors need to know webinar (Recorded July 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar explores the key changes to the newly published Academies Financial Handbook, which comes into force on 1st September this year. This session is relevant for all those involved in academy governance, including; Members, Trustees, those involved at local academy level in multi-academy trusts, and clerks.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2020

  • New to the role of Chairing webinar (Recorded July 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar was aimed at those governors who are new to the role of chair, or who are about to begin their first term of office as chair in the next academic year. The session explores; the role of the chair, key relationships between the chair and headteacher, and the chair and the clerk, and provide some good practice advice and guidance on how to lead effective governance in your school.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2020

  • Monitoring Well-being as part of Relationship, Sex and Health Education

    This webinar focuses on governance oversight of the new Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSE) curriculum in schools and academies from 1st September 2020. Using the Department for Education’s guidance as a starting point, we explore the new curriculum expectations and the role of the governing board in ensuring compliance. We consider the importance of mental health and well-being support for pupils on their return to school following the school closures, and how the first of 14 new RSE teaching modules on physical health and mental wellbeing might be used to inform this.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2020

  • Hot Topics Webinar (Recorded July 2020)

    This Hot Topics webinar focuses on the most recent Department for Education (DfE) guidance relating to the anticipated full re-opening of English schools on September 1st. The guidance was published on Thursday 2nd July. We distil the DfE words into the key messages that those involved in school governance, need to be aware of.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2020


Higher Level Teaching Assistant status – what it could mean to your school or trust.

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.