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  • National School Governors Awareness Day - 22nd February 2022

    We are thrilled to be able to say that we are launching the inaugural National School Governors Awareness Day in 2022. We are finalising our plans for the day (22nd February) and would like to ask for your support as a registered user of Better Governor: we would be very grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete our short Governance survey which will then inform some of the themes and content for how we structure the day.

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2021

  • The governance of Equality (Recorded December 2021)

    This webinar focused on the role and responsibilities of governance in maintained schools and academies, for ensuring that their schools and trusts comply with legislation. The 2010 Equality Act protects individuals from discrimination or unfair treatment on the basis of personal characteristics, such as age, special needs etc. and has considerable application within schools. We explored the key aspects of compliance and share best practice on how governors should seek assurance that their schools comply with all aspects of the law.

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2021

  • Raising awareness of sexual abuse in schools podcast

    The attention of the media on this specific safeguarding threat has grown significantly in 2021. This Better Governor podcast features a conversation between our two governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn, on the threat that peer-on-peer sexual abuse and violence poses to our children and young people. The scale of the issue is explored alongside research findings, from Ofsted, from the summer of 2021 and the Department for Educations latest guidance to schools. Those in governance will find this a useful summary of their role and the expectations of how governors should have an appropriately strategic overview of what their schools are doing to raise awareness of the issue and ensure that reporting of abuse is encouraged and rigorously investigated and acted upon.

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2021

  • Understanding the Instrument of Government Podcast

    This podcast features a discussion between our two governance and clerking experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn. Their focus is the role that the Instrument of Government plays in school governance, bring clarity of understanding to governors, of its significance and setting clear expectations for clerks, of how the document shapes governance within maintained schools and determines elections, appointments and the overall number of governors on the board.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2021

  • Attendance during the Covid-19 outbreak

    On the 5th October, the DfE updated their attendance data for the week of the 30th September. The report identifies that 99.9% of state-funded schools were open; with 89.5% of students attending. This is down from 91.9% for the week of 16th September. Covid-specific absences in all state-funded schools on the 30th September was 2.5%; 1.9% in primary and 3.2% in secondary. As we have seen in recent months, secondary schools are being worse affected by Covid absences.

    Consultant: Sam Williams October 2021

  • Understanding the new EYFS framework as focus for visiting (Recorded October 2021)

    The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework has been updated and came into force on 1st September 2021. This webinar explored the main changes from a governance perspective and focus on how governors should be seeking assurance that their schools have fully implemented the new curriculum.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2021

  • Chairs’ Forum - Getting Governance back on track (Recorded September 2021)

    This Better Governor webinar focused 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 explored 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

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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.