Steve Barker

Head of Governance, Strictly Education 4S 

Steve is the Head of the Governance Consultancy Team at Strictly Education 4S and has a national reputation as a governance expert. He is an experienced and regular speaker at national and regional governor conferences, has had articles published in National titles and been interviewed as a governance expert on the Radio 4 Today Programme on several occasions. Steve has contributed to many national governance initiatives, including being part of the team commissioned by the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) to develop External Reviews of Governance. Steve has also served on the NCTL Advisory Board on Governance.

The Governance Team in Dorking which Steve leads, work with over 700 schools across Surrey and West and Central London, supporting more than 6000 governors and clerks, in delivering effective governance in their schools. Steve has considerable personal experience in developing and facilitating governor development sessions on a diverse range of governance issues. 

Steve became a governor in 2000 and has, through concurrent terms of office, amassed 63 years of governance experience. He is currently chair of the Governing Body at Bagshot Infant School, Chair of the Governing Body and Chair of the Academy Trust at Collingwood College, an 11-18 converter academy in Camberley, Surrey, with almost 1,900 pupils, and a member of the Ravenscote Multi-Academy Trust. He has been a Local Authority Additionally Appointed Governor in 11 schools, including two as a member of an Interim Executive Board (IEB) and chaired one IEB himself.

Steve was appointed as a National Leader of Governance (NLG) in 2012 and served as an NLG Advocate in 2013 -14. Steve has conducted more than 30 Reviews of Governance and been deployed to five schools as an NLG.

Steve is a qualified Performance Coach and in addition to one-to-one coaching of school leaders and governors, he is an accredited tutor for the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) regularly delivering coaching training within educational settings.

In addition to his governance and coaching experience, Steve is a former Ofsted Lay Inspector and is an accredited safeguarding trainer for Surrey Safeguarding Children’s Board.
 

  • Clerks’ Briefing Webinar (January 2018)

    This webinar, recorded on 22nd January, briefs clerks on the latest developments in education that should be influencing governing body/trust board agendas this term.

    January 2018

  • Analyse School Performance: Secondary Schools (January 2018)

    This webinar focused on the recently-published secondary school pupil performance data, contained within the new reports, Analysing School Performance (ASP) and the Inspection Data Summary report (IDSR).

    January 2018

  • Better Governor Chairs’ Network (webinar)

    This facilitated network is a forum for Chairs of governing bodies, academy trusts and local academy committees to come together and share questions, concerns and best practice ideas.

    February 2018

  • Better Governor Chairs' Network - Webinar (February 2017)

    This facilitated network is a forum for Chairs of governing bodies, academy trusts and local academy committees to come together and share questions, concerns and best practice ideas.

    February 2018

  • Introduction Webinar to Better Chairing Development Programme (March 2018)

    This webinar provided chairs and aspiring chairs, in both maintained schools and academies, embarking on our new Better Governor Chair's Development Programme, with an introduction to, and overview of the programme, prior to the initial face-to-face session. 

    March 2018

  • Clerks' Forum Webinar (March 2018)

    This Better Governor Clerks' Forum focused on the clerk's role in supporting governance through ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction. 

    March 2018

  • GDPR: What Governors Need to Know - Webinar (March 2018)

    This webinar focused on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).The webinar recording is relevant for governors and trustees in both maintained secondary schools and secondary academies.

    March 2018

  • Hot Topics Webinar (April 2018)

    This webinar provides all governors, trustees, those who serve on Local Academy Committees and clerks with the opportunity to get up to speed on what is happening in education, that is specifically relevant to all those with an interest in school governance.

    April 2018

  • Clerks' Briefing Webinar (May 2018)

    This Clerks’ Briefing webinar provides clerks with an update on the latest developments in educational policy; practice; and consultation, together with guidance on how to ensure these items are covered in governing body/trust board meetings this term.

    May 2018

  • Revised Keeping Children Safe in Education – May 2018

    On 17th May the Department for Education, re-published Keeping Children Safe in Education. The May version is ‘for information only’ as the revised guidance does not take effect until 3rd September 2018.

    May 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.