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  • Behaviour & Attitudes - an insight into the Ofsted judgement Webinar - 1st June - 7PM

    This webinar explores the Behaviour and Attitudes judgement that is one of the four key judgements, in the Ofsted framework, introduced in September 2019. We focus on the strategic overview that those in governance need to have of this aspect of school provision.

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2020

  • Overseeing Pupil Mental Health & well being

    This is the second article focusing on the governance of pupil mental health provision in recognition of Mental Health Week (18-22 May 2020). In this article we will further explore the role of governance in oversight of mental health provision for pupils, as schools prepare for wider reopening from 1 June.

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore May 2020

  • Risk Assessment for reopening schools - A Governance Overview (Recorded May 2020)

    This webinar focuses on the risk assessment processes and procedures that schools and academies will be putting in place, in anticipation that the government confirms that schools will begin welcoming some year groups back from 1st June. We explore how the strategic role of governance should not stray into this operational process, but must focus on seeking assurance that schools have effective procedures and processes in place enabling pupils and staff to return in as safe and healthy an environment as possible.

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2020

  • Mental Health Awareness week

    Mental Health Awareness week – what school governors need to know

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2020

  • Governance oversight of mental health in schools webinar (Recorded May 2020)

    In recognition of Mental Health Week 18-22 May 2020, this webinar focuses on the expectations placed on governors and trustees to monitor provision in their school or academy. We reflect on the key issues that inform and impact on pupils’ wellbeing and consider the importance of vision, culture, and values on informing effective provision.

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore May 2020

  • Effective Parental Engagement – what governors need to know (Recorded May 2020)

    This webinar enables governors and trustees to focus on why parental engagement is vital, and the importance of governance in ensuring that parents and carers are involved in decision making. We consider the difference between good communication and effective engagement and reflect on the value of both in ensuring that boards are connected with, and answerable to the communities they serve, particularly parents/carers.

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2020

  • New to Clerking Webinar (Recorded May 2020)

    If you are a recently appointed clerk, this webinar will help you understand the key roles and responsibilities of the clerk to the board, introduce you to the Clerking Competency Framework and other essential documents, and signpost you to opportunities for future development.

    : May 2020

  • Effective Pupil Premium Webinar (Recorded May 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar explored the strategic oversight that governors and trustees in maintained schools and academies should have of the provision for disadvantaged pupils and the impact it has on outcomes. Those responsible for governance in all schools must hold their schools accountable for decisions made in relation to Pupil Premium expenditure. We focused on how governors and trustees can ensure their monitoring and evaluation of the progress disadvantaged pupils make is effective.

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2020

  • Personal Development Webinar (Recorded May 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar focuses on the Personal Development judgement introduced in the latest Ofsted framework, in September 2019. We explore the evidence that Ofsted inspectors utilise to inform their judgement and reflect on what governors and trustees need to know. You will be encouraged to consider how governors and trustees should monitor this aspect of school performance.

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2020

  • Introduction to Governance Webinar (Recorded May 2020)

    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 May 2020


Reception Baseline Assessment delayed until 2021.

Following its 2017 consultation, the Department for Education (DfE) announced plans to introduce statutory Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) in the Autumn of 2020. The Standards and Testing Agency, part of the DfE, wrote to headteachers on June 25th and at the same time published a notice on its area of the DfE website announcing the postponement of the requirement until the autumn of 2021.