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  • Questions & Challenges Webinar (Recorded June 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar explores how governors and trustees use questions to bring a sense of challenge to their role in holding schools and academies to account. Accountability is a key function of governance in all schools and without robust questioning, which challenges thinking and deepens knowledge, governance can not be effective.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2020

  • Reopening Schools - the role of the Governing Body Podcast

    This short Better Governor podcast is based upon your questions which were raised in our Risk Assessment for reopening schools - A Governance Overview webinar.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2020

  • Chairs' Forum - Covid-19 and beyond (Recorded June 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar provided the opportunity for Chairs of Governing Bodies in both maintained schools and academies to consider the impact of the Covid-19 virus on schools in general, but specifically the impact it has on shaping governance and the strategic oversight of schools. We encouraged attendees to bring their own questions relating to governance during and beyond the current pandemic.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2020

  • Evaluating the effectiveness of governance Webinar (Recorded June 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar explores one of the key roles and responsibilities of school governance in 2020, that of evaluating its effectiveness. The webinar focuses on the competence detailed within the Department for Education's Governance Competency Framework and will guide governors through practical examples of good practice in robust and honest self evaluation of governance.

    Consultant: Steve Barker 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

  • 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

  • How to participate in a webinar

    Find out more about how to participate in one of our upcoming webinars

    : May 2020

  • Hot Topics Webinar (Recorded May 2020)

    This Hot Topics session focused on a range of topics impacting on governance in the Summer term of 2020. Rather than focus specifically on the impact of the Coronavirus on the process of governance, which has been covered extensively in other webinars, we explored elements of governance which will be relevant to the work of governing boards this term.

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2020

  • Chairs' Forum - Chairing a virtual meeting (Recorded May 2020)

    This webinar focused on the specific skills and behaviours required to chair a virtual Governing Board meeting. We explored the impact of meeting in a virtual environment on preparation, participation and engagement, and ensuring clarity of understanding for all participants. We also reflected on how current Department for Education guidance on governance during the Coronavirus school closures, should inform the process of agenda setting.

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2020

  • Chairs Forum (Recorded 7th April 2020)

    This webinar, for Chairs of Governing Boards, examined leadership of the board during the current COVID-19 pandemic and the associated school closures. Governance continues to play a vital role in overseeing the work of the school or academy and the temporary changes in provision from education to childcare.

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2020


Ofqual proposes changes to some GCSE, AS and A Level Exams for 2021

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) has published the outcomes of its consultation on proposed changes to some of the GCSE, AS, and A-Level examinations for Summer 2021. The consultation ran between 1st and 16th July with Ofqual confirming that 28,972 responses had been submitted.