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  • Chairs’ Forum - Getting Governance back on track - 28th September - 7PM

    This Better Governor webinar will focus on the challenges that many governing boards face in reverting to a more normalised form of governance in their schools and trusts this term. We will explore some of the challenges and advantages of governance operating remotely and focus on good practice solutions, that chairs may wish to adopt, as many of us revert to face-to-face meetings or adopt a more blended approach to how governance functions at the end of 2021, moving towards 2022

    Consultant: Steve Barker September 2021

  • Supporting the progress of Disadvantaged Pupils (Recorded July 2021)

    This Better Governor webinar focused on disadvantaged children and young people, and the impact that the pandemic has had on their progress. We explored some of the interventions that schools have put in place to support disadvantaged pupils and how governors in maintained schools and academies should secure a strategic overview of the progress that they are achieving.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2021

  • Introduction to Governance (Recorded June 2021)

    This webinar, aimed at new school governors in both maintained schools and academies, focuses on understanding the role and function of governance alongside the skills and behaviours necessary to become an effective member of a governing board. Referencing the Department for Education’s Governance Handbook and Governance Competency Framework, we explore how schools identify their strategic priorities and reflect on the role of governance in; school improvement planning, monitoring and compliance. We also explore the application of this knowledge as a new governor.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2021

  • What makes an effective governor induction? Podcast

    Join our two governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn as they discuss what makes for effective governor induction. They explore the key elements of effective induction of new governors joining boards in both maintained schools and academies and focus on sharing best practice tips and advice from their own extensive experience as governors and chairs of governing boards.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2021

  • Chairs' Forum (Recorded June 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar looked to the future of governance as the country moves forward from lockdown, school closures and more than a year of remote governance meetings. We focused on the leadership role of the chair in ensuring the full restoration of key aspects of effective governance in 2021 including boards fully restoring their strategic overview and fulfilling their core functions, in the light of a continued absence of national pupil performance data, ongoing Teacher and Headteacher workload and well-being concerns, and the backdrop of recovery.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2021

  • Hot Topics (Recorded April 2021)

    This Hot Topics webinar explored what is new and relevant to school governance, that may impact on effective governance in the Summer term 2021 and beyond. The topics included are; new rules relating to Pupil Premium reporting, Behaviour Hubs, Ofsted plans for inspection of schools, and the new Early Career Framework.

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2021

  • The role of the School Business Manager and how it supports governance (Recorded March 2021)

    This Better Governor webinar explored how effective governance relies on effective working relationships between the School Business Manager(SBM)/Bursar and the Governing Board. We explored key aspects of the SBM/Bursar role highlighting where this supports timely decision making by the board and in turn, the board's effective strategic oversight of school finance.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2021

  • Better Governor Conference - The Governance of Inclusion in 2021 (Recorded April 2021)

    This Better Governor online conference explored governors’ strategic oversight of inclusion in our schools, in the aftermath of Covid-19 lockdowns and partial school closures. Our speakers focused on key aspects of provision from the perspective of what those in governance need to know.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2021

  • Chairs’ Forum – Keeping Governance a collective responsibility (Recorded March 2021)

    Since March 2020 governing boards in schools and academies have effectively transitioned from face-to-face to virtual meetings, and for the most part these meetings are shorter in duration. This Better Governor webinar explored how, with virtual meetings most likely continuing well into the summer term, chairs can ensure that governance; is not over-reliant on the chair, recognises the value in effective delegation and, remains a collective responsibility. We discussed practical examples of how chairs can encourage participation and ensure an inclusive ethos within the board.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2021

  • Hot Topics - Return to School special (Recorded March 2021)

    This Hot Topics webinar was an additional session focussing on the planned return to school, for all pupils, on March 8th. We explored and clarified Department for Education guidance, which has been extensive, since the Prime Minister's announcement on 22nd Feb and distil this into the key points that we believe governance needs to be aware of.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2021

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Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds worst affected by the loss of learning

The Department of Education (DfE) has published research findings examining the extent of learning amongst all students in England, during the Autumn and Spring terms of the current academic year. The research was conducted by The Education Policy Institute (EPI) and Renaissance Learning, for the DfE and follows interim findings from earlier research, published in February this year.