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  • Better Governor webinar - New to Governance (Recorded August 2019)

    This Better Governor webinar is an opportunity for newly-appointed governors or academy trustees to develop an understanding of the principles and expectations of effective school governance. The webinar will provide you with an overview of the principles of governance, explain the strategic nature of the role and explore the accountability framework that underpins effective governance. At Better Governor, our mantra is 'What you need to know, when you need to know it': this session is designed to prepare you for your first meeting as a new governor, but also as a precursor to further induction training that you will have access to. This webinar was facilitated by our governance experts Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn and was a mix of input from them together with the opportunity for the audience to ask their own questions.

    Consultant: Steve Barker August 2019

  • Better Strategic Planning for governors and trustees webinar (Recorded July 2019)

    This Better Governor webinar, is an opportunity for all those involved in governance, in maintained schools and academies to reflect on the effectiveness of strategic planning in their school or trust. The Governance Competency Framework sets a clear expectation that Governing/Trust Board's focus on a strategic remit: effective strategic planning is implicit in this. Watch the recording to explore the topic and hear the discussion on what effective practice looks like in 2019. This webinar was facilitated by our governance experts Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn and was a mix of input from them together with opinion polls and the opportunity for the audience to ask their own questions.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2019

  • Hot Topics webinar recording

    This Better Governor webinar was an opportunity for all those involved in governance, in maintained schools and academies to get up to speed with what is happening in education that is specifically relevant to governors, trustees and clerks. The session was an invaluable preparation for Governing Body and Trust Board meetings this term.

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2019

  • Self-evaluation of the Governing Board webinar recording

    This Better Governor webinar explored how governors, trustees and those serving on Local Academy Committees ensure through rigorous self-evaluation and reflection that governance is effective and fit for purpose, within their school or trust.

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2019

  • Handling Parental Complaints and Conducting an Investigation Webinar recording

    This Better Governor webinar took place on February 27th at 08.00. It explored how governors, trustees and those serving on Local Academy Committees ensure that parental complaints are handled effectively within their schools. Governing Boards are required to ensure that the school or academy has effective systems in place for listening to the views of parents and carers, and responding to their concerns. Governors may also be involved in commissioning or conducting investigations. This webinar also explored best practice issues surrounding parental complaints handling.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2019

  • Hot Topics Webinar January 2019

    The first Better Governor, Hot Topics webinar of 2019 was held on Thursday 17th January at 7pm. The aim of the sessions was to bring all those involved in governance up to speed with what is happening in education, that is specifically relevant to school governors in academies and maintained schools.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2019

  • Barring Parents from Schools - New DfE Guidance

    The Department for Education has published guidance for schools on controlling access to school premises, including how to bar parents/carers.

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2018

  • GDPR - What Now! - Webinar

    This Better Governor webinar looked at GDPR in our schools and academy trusts and the expectations of the DfE and Information Commissioners Office. Some schools are now responding to subject access requests.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2018

  • Primary Data Webinar - How governors can use ASP/IDSR to monitor school improvement

    This webinar provided governors and trustees, in primary schools, with an overview of Analysing School Performance (ASP) and Inspection Data Summary Reports (IDSR).

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2018

  • Safeguarding 2018

    This term’s Better Governor ‘Safeguarding’ webinar was broadcasted on 2nd October at 7:45pm.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2018

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.