Ruth Murton and Steve Barker

  • Hot Topics Webinar (June 2016)

    With the Queen's Speech, last week, we now have more detailed information on how the government plans to take forward some of the announcements made in the White Paper, Educational Excellence Everywhere, in late March. We will issue a full list of the topics to be covered nearer the time.

    May 2016

  • Collaboration between schools podcast

    This podcast is a discussion between two highly experienced governors sharing their views on the options and benefits of schools working more closely together and the key issues around schools collaborating.

    June 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 The early publication of this draft guidance has been timed to allow schools to become familiar with the changes, in readiness for implementation in September.

    June 2016

  • Term-time holidays (podcast)

    Download and listen to this Better Governor podcast now to ensure that you are aware of the key issues on attendance, brought into the media spotlight recently, as a result of the High Court Ruling on term-time holidays from school...

    July 2016

  • Hot Topics Webinar (September 2016)

    The next Hot Topics webinar will take place at 7pm on September 8th and will be approximately 1 hour in duration. The webinar will cover an update on Ofsted inspections, governor details on Edubase, English as an additional language and School Financial Health Checks. Register here now to attend this next event....

    July 2016

  • 100 days as a school governor podcast

    This podcast explores what new school governors should be aware of and do in the first 100 days after their appointment/election.

    August 2016

  • School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document (podcast)

    This podcast features a focused discussion between Steve Barker and Ruth Murton, both experienced governors and governance experts, on the latest version of the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD). Listen now....

    September 2016

  • Self Evaluation of Governance (podcast)

    This podcast features a focused discussion between two highly experienced governance experts in relation to self-evaluation and how this is the key to successful improvement. Download and listen to this insightful podcast now...

    September 2016

  • Pupil Well-Being Webinar (October 2016)

    Our next webinar will focus on pupil well-being, a key element of the Ofsted judgement Personal Development Behaviour and Welfare. Please register now to attend this live event.....

    October 2016

  • Schools that work for everyone (screencast)

    In this screencast, Ruth Murton provides an explanation of the Department for Education consultation – Schools that work for everyone. Please click here to watch the video now...

    October 2016


Hot Topics webinar May 2019

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. This terms topics included: * New Relationship & Sex Education Guidance (DfE) * New Teacher Recruitment Website * New Related Party Transactions reporting requirements for Academy Trusts * New Interactive School Financial Value Standard (SFVS) 2019-20 * DfE funding to schools for Teachers' Pension increases 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 questions from governors.