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  • 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

  • COVID-19/Coronavirus Twitter Q&A - 31/03/2020 - 1-2

    We are hosting a Twitter Q&A on the topic of ensuring effective governance through the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic.

    Consultant: Sam Williams March 2020

  • Guidance for school governor virtual meetings

    School governors should not meet during Coronavirus situation. Guidance how virtual meets can take place.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2020

  • Better Governor Webinar Schedule June - July 2020

    Despite the continued relaxation of lockdown rules within England and the partial return of some pupils to some schools, governors should not be going into school or making unnecessary journeys. The role of governance remains vital and we continue to offer a comprehensive and varied webinar programme, covering a range of governance issues for governors, trustees and clerks. Better Governor webinars make it possible for all those involved in governance to ensure their knowledge of governance remains up-to-date and their skills continue to develop in the absence of face-to-face opportunities being available.

    Consultant: Sam Williams March 2020

  • The Governance of Sustainable schools webinar

    This webinar explored the growing interest in the sustainability of schools. Media attention in global warming, waste reduction, recycling and ecologically sound behaviours has focused pupils, parents and staff reflection on knowledge, learning and practice in schools. We considered global drivers and some of the local solutions that schools are successfully implementing, and how school governance should ensure effective oversight.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2020

  • Hot Topics Webinar (Recorded Monday 20th January 2020)

    This Hot Topics webinar focused on what is new in Education that governors, trustees and clerks need to know about.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2020

  • Glossary - Essential terminology

    A Glossary of common terms and abbreviations

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2019

  • Hot Topics webinar (Recorded October 2019)

    This Hot Topics webinar was an opportunity for governors and trustees to learn about what's new and happening in education of specific relevance to governance in schools and academy trusts. The session provided a brief update on new regulations, policy and practice that will influence meetings of your governing body/trust this term. The webinar was facilitated by our governance experts Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn. It included updates on; the Ofsted framework, Keeping Children Safe in Education, Data Protection and Teachers' Pay.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2019

  • Hot Topics webinar - 2nd October 2019

    This Hot Topics webinar is an opportunity for governors and trustees to learn about what's new and happening in education of specific relevance to governance in schools and academy trusts. The webinar will be broadcast on Wednesday 2nd October 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM BST. In this session we will provide a brief update on new regulations, policy and practice that will influence meetings of your governing body/trust this term. The webinar will be facilitated by our governance experts Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn and will be a mix of input, opinion polls conducted in real time and the opportunity to ask your questions. We are planning to include updates on; the Ofsted framework, Keeping Children Safe in Education, Data Protection and Teachers' Pay. This list may change and be added to, in order to reflect other news and updates near 2nd October.

    Consultant: Steve Barker September 2019

JUST BREAKING

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.