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  • Evaluating the effectiveness of governance Webinar - 2nd June - 7PM

    This Better Governor webinar will explore one of the key roles and responsibilities of school governance in 2020, that of evaluating its effectiveness. The webinar will focus on the competence detailed within the Department for Education's Governance Competency Framework and will guide governors through practical examples of good practice in robust and honest self evaluation of governance.

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2020

  • Risk Assessment for reopening schools - A Governance Overview (Recorded May 2020)

    This webinar focuses on the risk assessment processes and procedures that schools and academies will be putting in place, in anticipation that the government confirms that schools will begin welcoming some year groups back from 1st June. We explore how the strategic role of governance should not stray into this operational process, but must focus on seeking assurance that schools have effective procedures and processes in place enabling pupils and staff to return in as safe and healthy an environment as possible.

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2020

  • Governance oversight of mental health in schools webinar (Recorded May 2020)

    In recognition of Mental Health Week 18-22 May 2020, this webinar focuses on the expectations placed on governors and trustees to monitor provision in their school or academy. We reflect on the key issues that inform and impact on pupils’ wellbeing and consider the importance of vision, culture, and values on informing effective provision.

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore May 2020

  • Introduction to Governance Webinar (Recorded May 2020)

    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 May 2020

  • How to participate in a webinar

    Find out more about how to participate in one of our upcoming webinars

    : May 2020

  • Hot Topics Webinar (Recorded May 2020)

    This Hot Topics session focused on a range of topics impacting on governance in the Summer term of 2020. Rather than focus specifically on the impact of the Coronavirus on the process of governance, which has been covered extensively in other webinars, we explored elements of governance which will be relevant to the work of governing boards this term.

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2020

  • Chairs' Forum - Chairing a virtual meeting (Recorded May 2020)

    This webinar focused on the specific skills and behaviours required to chair a virtual Governing Board meeting. We explored the impact of meeting in a virtual environment on preparation, participation and engagement, and ensuring clarity of understanding for all participants. We also reflected on how current Department for Education guidance on governance during the Coronavirus school closures, should inform the process of agenda setting.

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2020

  • Chairs Forum (Recorded 7th April 2020)

    This webinar, for Chairs of Governing Boards, examined leadership of the board during the current COVID-19 pandemic and the associated school closures. Governance continues to play a vital role in overseeing the work of the school or academy and the temporary changes in provision from education to childcare.

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2020

  • COVID-19/Coronavirus Twitter Q&A - 31/03/2020 - 1-2

    We are hosting a Twitter Q&A on the topic of ensuring effective governance through the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic.

    Consultant: Sam Williams March 2020

  • Guidance for school governor virtual meetings

    School governors should not meet during Coronavirus situation. Guidance how virtual meets can take place.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2020

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Overseeing Pupil Mental Health & well being

This is the second article focusing on the governance of pupil mental health provision in recognition of Mental Health Week (18-22 May 2020). In this article we will further explore the role of governance in oversight of mental health provision for pupils, as schools prepare for wider reopening from 1 June.