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This Better Governor Chairs' Forum explored, in the context of the current Covid-19 pandemic, how governors can continue to fulfil their monitoring role, whilst many schools are asking all potential visitors to stay away, in order to safeguard the health and well-being of staff and pupils. We focused on how chairs can foster an approach to governor monitoring, which maintains the integrity and impact of visits to the school but achieves this through virtual means.
We have received many calls and e-mails since the start of the academic year regarding the question of whether governor meetings this term should continue to be held virtually or is it now appropriate to revert to face-to-face meetings in school. The most recent guidance from the Department of Education (DfE) was published on this week in School Governance Update. The guidance on the subject is identical for maintained schools and academies.
This Better Governor webinar focused on the vital role that risk management has in schools. This session put risk assessment in its wider context for governors and trustees and explored the strategic oversight that governors should have of the process of managing all risks in their school or trust. The Covid-19 pandemic has raised the profile of risk assessment in relation to Health & Safety; this webinar has taken the focus beyond this and explore all areas of school lie where potential risks should be identified and managed.
This Better Governor webinar focused on what is new in terms of education policy and process, that is specifically relevant to all those involved in governance.
This Better Governor webinar focused on the key considerations for those involved in school governance in maintained schools and academy trusts, as we approached the return to school for all pupils. We explored some of the potential challenges that schools may encounter and reflect on the shape of governance, in Autumn 2020, as our schools and trusts return to some sense of normality.
School Transport – new funding announcement
The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) has published the outcomes of its consultation on proposed changes to some of the GCSE, AS, and A-Level examinations for Summer 2021. The consultation ran between 1st and 16th July with Ofqual confirming that 28,972 responses had been submitted.
This webinar explored the relationship between schools’ strategic priorities and their school development plan. Reflecting the statutory role of governance defined in the core function of ‘Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction’ we focused on the role of governance in agreeing strategic priorities and ensuring they are driving school improvement. We explored how School Development Plans will evolve to reflect the steps that schools are taking to identify, and then address, any gaps in pupils’ learning and personal development that may have emerged during the Covid-19 lockdown. We also discussed how SDP priorities are shaped by self-evaluation and in the absence of published pupil performance data this autumn, what for those in governance should expect this to take.
On the 15th July the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), in association with the Department for Education (DfE), published new guidance on managing cyber-security risks in schools.
This Better Governor webinar explores the latest Department for Education (DfE) guidance relating to the re-opening of secondary schools in England in September. We reflect on the DfE guidance and how it will impact on the risk assessment processes that schools have in place, and how those in governance should be engaging in the process. We provide advice and guidance on the sort of questions governors should be asking, in seeking assurance that schools are going to be safe for staff and pupils to return to.