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  • Chairs’ Forum – Keeping Governance a collective responsibility (Recorded March 2021)

    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.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2021

  • Hot Topics - Return to School special (Recorded March 2021)

    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.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2021

  • The role of the vice chair (Recorded February 2021)

    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.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2021

  • Recruiting School Governors during lockdown Podcast

    This Better Governor podcast focuses on the challenges that governing boards face in recruiting new governors, during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2021

  • Governance: Structures and Role Descriptors in Maintained Schools Podcast

    This Better Governor podcast explores the Department of Education (DfE) guidance document Structures and Role descriptors, published in late 2020.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2021

  • Handling school complaints during lockdown Podcast

    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.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2021

  • New to Chairing (Recorded January 2021)

    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.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2021

  • Hot Topics (Recorded January 2021)

    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.

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2020

  • Updated DfE guidance on Governor Meetings and visits to schools

    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.

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2020

  • How to chair effectively (Recorded December 2020)

    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.

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2020


Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds worst affected by the loss of learning

The Department of Education (DfE) has published research findings examining the extent of learning amongst all students in England, during the Autumn and Spring terms of the current academic year. The research was conducted by The Education Policy Institute (EPI) and Renaissance Learning, for the DfE and follows interim findings from earlier research, published in February this year.