Pupils

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.

  • SEND – what governors need to know (Recorded June 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar explores Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) from the perspective of governance strategic oversight. We focus on the role of school governance and its statutory duties for SEND provision and outcomes.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2020

  • Overseeing Pupil Mental Health & well being

    This is the second article focusing on the governance of pupil mental health provision in recognition of Mental Health Week (18-22 May 2020). In this article we will further explore the role of governance in oversight of mental health provision for pupils, as schools prepare for wider reopening from 1 June.

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore May 2020

  • Mental Health Awareness week

    Mental Health Awareness week – what school governors need to know

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2020

  • Effective Parental Engagement – what governors need to know (Recorded May 2020)

    This webinar enables governors and trustees to focus on why parental engagement is vital, and the importance of governance in ensuring that parents and carers are involved in decision making. We consider the difference between good communication and effective engagement and reflect on the value of both in ensuring that boards are connected with, and answerable to the communities they serve, particularly parents/carers.

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2020

  • Governance oversight of mental health in schools webinar (Recorded May 2020)

    In recognition of Mental Health Week 18-22 May 2020, this webinar focuses on the expectations placed on governors and trustees to monitor provision in their school or academy. We reflect on the key issues that inform and impact on pupils’ wellbeing and consider the importance of vision, culture, and values on informing effective provision.

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore May 2020

  • Effective Pupil Premium Webinar (Recorded May 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar explored the strategic oversight that governors and trustees in maintained schools and academies should have of the provision for disadvantaged pupils and the impact it has on outcomes. Those responsible for governance in all schools must hold their schools accountable for decisions made in relation to Pupil Premium expenditure. We focused on how governors and trustees can ensure their monitoring and evaluation of the progress disadvantaged pupils make is effective.

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2020

  • Understanding EYFS Webinar (Recorded May 2020)

    This webinar focused on developing an understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage Foundation (EYFS), and strategic oversight of provision in your school or academy. Using the EYFS framework as a guide, we explored how board members can develop confidence in knowing what effective governance looks like and how to monitor progress and outcomes

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore May 2020

  • Safe Learning Environment Webinar (Recorded April 2020)

    This webinar focused on the assurance that governors and trustees should be seeking from their schools, relating to the safety of pupils at schools in normal times and during the current Coronavirus pandemic. We explored the broader definition of safeguarding, which includes health & safety and will explore how governors and trustees should be seeking assurance that schools are safe for learning and the range of other activities that may be occurring during the current situation.

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2020

  • The Governance of Online Safety during the Coronavirus pandemic webinar

    This webinar focused on the assurance that governors and trustees should be seeking from their schools, relating to online safety of pupils during the current Coronavirus pandemic, when most children and young people will have greater freedom and time to engage in online activities. We explored some of the current risks and the revised Department for Education guidance and how this should inform the questions governors and trustees ask.

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2020

  • Mental Health Provision for Children and Young People Webinar (Recorded March 2020)

    The government have been working collaboratively to develop coordinated systems and practices to support children's mental health and well-being. There is an expectation now, reflected in the current Ofsted inspection framework, that schools are actively engaged in recognising characteristics, signposting and in some instances having appropriate provision in schools to support pupils’ well-being and mental health.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2020

JUST BREAKING

Secondary School Covid Testing

The Department for Education (DfE) has issued a number of new guidance documents in the period immediately prior to the school Christmas holidays. These documents set out the government’s plans for mass-testing of all staff and pupils in secondary schools in the week of 4th January.