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Since March 2020 governing boards in schools and academies have effectively transitioned from face-to-face to virtual meetings, and for the most part these meetings are shorter in duration. This Better Governor webinar explored how, with virtual meetings most likely continuing well into the summer term, chairs can ensure that governance; is not over-reliant on the chair, recognises the value in effective delegation and, remains a collective responsibility. We discussed practical examples of how chairs can encourage participation and ensure an inclusive ethos within the board.
This Hot Topics webinar was an additional session focussing on the planned return to school, for all pupils, on March 8th. We explored and clarified Department for Education guidance, which has been extensive, since the Prime Minister's announcement on 22nd Feb and distil this into the key points that we believe governance needs to be aware of.
This Better Governor webinar explored the position of the vice-chair to the Governing Body. We looked at the very few regulations that apply and focus on the advantages that good practice in the role can bring to effective governance in both maintained schools and academies. This session helped; chairs improve workload through ideas for delegation and sharing, vice-chairs in becoming more effective, and any governor contemplating taking on the role, reflect on how they too can contribute towards effective governance of their school or trust.
This Better Governor podcast focuses on the challenges that governing boards face in recruiting new governors, during the Covid-19 pandemic.
This Better Governor podcast explores the Department of Education (DfE) guidance document Structures and Role descriptors, published in late 2020.
This podcast focuses on a discussion between our two governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn. They explore the latest guidance from the Department of Education, specifically within the context of Remote Learning emphasising the role of those involved in governance.
This Better Governor webinar was aimed at those; new to the role of chair, contemplating taking the chair, and those who simply wish to refresh their knowledge and practice. We explored the role and responsibilities of the chair of the board, explore good practice and focus on how the chair should lead the board.
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.
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.
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.