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  • Six months off school – meeting the needs of all pupils webinar (August 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar focused on the key considerations for those involved in school governance in maintained schools and academy trusts, as we approached the return to school for all pupils. We explored some of the potential challenges that schools may encounter and reflect on the shape of governance, in Autumn 2020, as our schools and trusts return to some sense of normality.

    Consultant: Steve Barker August 2020

  • School Transport – DfE announces new return to school funding

    School Transport – new funding announcement

    Consultant: Steve Barker August 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.

    Consultant: Sam Williams August 2020

  • Strategic Priorities and the School Development Plan Webinar (August 2020)

    This webinar explored the relationship between schools’ strategic priorities and their school development plan. Reflecting the statutory role of governance defined in the core function of ‘Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction’ we focused on the role of governance in agreeing strategic priorities and ensuring they are driving school improvement. We explored how School Development Plans will evolve to reflect the steps that schools are taking to identify, and then address, any gaps in pupils’ learning and personal development that may have emerged during the Covid-19 lockdown. We also discussed how SDP priorities are shaped by self-evaluation and in the absence of published pupil performance data this autumn, what for those in governance should expect this to take.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2020

  • Cyber-security in Schools

    On the 15th July the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), in association with the Department for Education (DfE), published new guidance on managing cyber-security risks in schools.

    Consultant: Sam Williams July 2020

  • Re-opening Secondary Schools - exploring the guidance webinar (Recorded July 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar explores the latest Department for Education (DfE) guidance relating to the re-opening of secondary schools in England in September. We reflect on the DfE guidance and how it will impact on the risk assessment processes that schools have in place, and how those in governance should be engaging in the process. We provide advice and guidance on the sort of questions governors should be asking, in seeking assurance that schools are going to be safe for staff and pupils to return to.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2020

  • New to the role of Chairing webinar (Recorded July 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar was aimed at those governors who are new to the role of chair, or who are about to begin their first term of office as chair in the next academic year. The session explores; the role of the chair, key relationships between the chair and headteacher, and the chair and the clerk, and provide some good practice advice and guidance on how to lead effective governance in your school.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2020

  • Hot Topics Webinar (Recorded July 2020)

    This Hot Topics webinar focuses on the most recent Department for Education (DfE) guidance relating to the anticipated full re-opening of English schools on September 1st. The guidance was published on Thursday 2nd July. We distil the DfE words into the key messages that those involved in school governance, need to be aware of.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2020

  • 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

JUST BREAKING

DfE update school website requirements

On 12th February 2021, the Department for Education updated What maintained schools must publish online and the academy version; What academies, free schools and colleges should publish online. Both publications have been updated to reflect the statutory requirements relating to remote learning.