This area of the Better Governor website, focuses on news articles and reports that highlight school issues impacting on pupils, their needs and requirements, and how governing bodies can ensure their school provides the right support, at the right time, to all pupils, from the most vulnerable to the most able.

  • AS level results – questions governors should be asking.

    The results from the new AS level qualifications, introduced in 2015, have now arrived. Governors in secondary schools will want clarity over their meaning and need to consider the questions these results raise. Read more...

    Author: Ruth Murton August 2016

  • English as an additional language - new assessment of pupils' proficiency

    The DfE will require all schools to categorise the stages of proficiency of the pupils who have English as an additional language. New statutory requirements will require this assessment to be completed and information returned annually.

    Author: Ruth Murton July 2016

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education Webinar (July 2016)

    This Better Governor webinar will focus on the newly published DfE Statutory guidance on Safeguarding for schools that comes into effect in September 2016. The early publication of this draft guidance has been timed to allow schools to become familiar with the changes, in readiness for implementation in September.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2016

  • Safeguarding podcast

    This Better Governor podcast focuses on the key elements of safeguarding in schools and what school governors and clerks need to know about it.

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2016

  • "Channel" General Awareness Training

    This article explains, for governors and clerks, the Channel programme and how it supports the Prevent Duty on schools. We also link to an online Channel awareness training programme.

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2016

  • The Prevent Duty - Podcast

    This subscriber podcast explores The Prevent Duty and and what it means to schools. It provides governors and clerks, in maintained schools and academies with a quick, easy-to-understand overview of what governors need to know about Prevent and how to ensure that schools are responding to this vital element of safeguarding.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2016

  • Educate Against Hate - new government website

    This article looks at the government's new website "Educate Against Hate" and summarises for school governors and clerks, the key aspects of the site's content.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2016

  • Factsheet on mandatory reporting of Female Genital Mutilation

    The Home Office published a factsheet on 29th January 2016 outlining the reporting duty, on schools and others, relating to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) which came into force on 31st October. This article explores the key messages in the factsheet and the implications for governance in our schools.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2016

  • Pupil Premium - what governers need to know?

    This article explores Pupil Premium, its origins, value and how governing bodies should monitor its impact on closing the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2015

  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) - Mandatory Reporting

    This article looks at guidance jointly published by the Home Office and Department for Education relating to a new duty on schools taking effect on 31 October 2015.

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2015


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. 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.


Join the conversation about Statutory Regulation and access the Better Governor Forum. Here you will be able to ask questions and comment about the topic.


Join the conversation about Statutory Regulation and access the Better Governor Forum.
Here you will be able to ask questions and comment about the topic.