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  • Exploring Ethical Governance (Recorded November 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar explored the concept of Ethical Leadership in schools, with a particular focus on the work of school governance, both in maintained schools and academies. We clarified what is meant by Ethical Leadership, drawing on the work of the Ethical Leadership Commission and consider how the Framework for Ethical Leadership in Education principles should guide the work of schools and governance in 2020, moving towards 2021.

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2020

  • Good Questions for Governors to Ask (Recorded November 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar explored good practice in the questions that governors in maintained schools and academies should ask as a key means of demonstrating accountability. With Covid-19 and the restrictions in places on how governance functions at present, we focused on key aspects of school provision that those in governance can prioritise and how questions can help fuel our strategic oversight.

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2020

  • Chairs' Forum (Virtual Governor Visits to Schools)(October 2020)

    This Better Governor Chairs' Forum explored, in the context of the current Covid-19 pandemic, how governors can continue to fulfil their monitoring role, whilst many schools are asking all potential visitors to stay away, in order to safeguard the health and well-being of staff and pupils. We focused on how chairs can foster an approach to governor monitoring, which maintains the integrity and impact of visits to the school but achieves this through virtual means.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2020

  • Governing Body meetings in Covid 19 – DfE advice

    We have received many calls and e-mails since the start of the academic year regarding the question of whether governor meetings this term should continue to be held virtually or is it now appropriate to revert to face-to-face meetings in school. The most recent guidance from the Department of Education (DfE) was published on this week in School Governance Update. The guidance on the subject is identical for maintained schools and academies.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2020

  • Risk Management – the strategic oversight of governance (October 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar focused on the vital role that risk management has in schools. This session put risk assessment in its wider context for governors and trustees and explored the strategic oversight that governors should have of the process of managing all risks in their school or trust. The Covid-19 pandemic has raised the profile of risk assessment in relation to Health & Safety; this webinar has taken the focus beyond this and explore all areas of school lie where potential risks should be identified and managed.

    Consultant: Steve Barker September 2020

  • Hot Topics (Recorded September 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar focused on what is new in terms of education policy and process, that is specifically relevant to all those involved in governance.

    Consultant: Steve Barker September 2020

  • 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


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.