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  • Hot Topics - 20th April - 7PM

    This Hot Topics webinar will explore what is new and relevant to school governance, that may impact on effective governance in the Summer term 2021 and beyond. The topics we are planning to include, at this point include; new rules relating to Pupil Premium reporting, Behaviour Hubs, Ofsted plans for inspection of schools, and the new Early Career Framework. The contents may be varied dependant upon any new information becoming available from the time of drafting this and April 20th.

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2021

  • The clerk as a professional advisor - 30th March - 12 noon

    This Better Governor webinar will focus on the key competence of the professional clerk; that of providing advice and guidance to governing boards. We will explore how this is best achieved and outline strategies that clerks can employ to overcome barriers to them being enabled and empowered to do so.

    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

  • 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

  • Staff Mental Health and well-being – governance oversight in 2021 - 17th March - 7PM

    This webinar will explore the impact of mental health and well-being within the school workforce, reflect on the impact and benefits of prioritising staff wellbeing in schools and identify the factors that contribute to effective governance oversight of staff mental health and well-being.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2021

  • Listening to your Clerk Podcast

    This podcast features a focussed discussion between our two governance and Clerking experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn. Steve and Linda explore how the role and expectations of the clerk to the Governing Board have evolved and now extend to the confident provision of advice, support and guidance to the chair of the board and all governors. The session focuses on expectations and how working together clerks, chairs and their boards can improv the effectiveness of governance in their school or trust.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2021

  • Governance of the Single Central Record Podcast

    This podcast focuses on the role of governance in ensuring this vital aspect of Safer Recruitment compliance is both in place and accurate. Our two governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn, explore the purpose and statutory status of the Single Central Record and discuss effectiveness of governance monitoring of it. The podcast also includes good practice tips on how effective monitoring can take place remotely.

    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

  • Clerks’ Forum (Recorded March 2021

    This webinar focused on the planned return to school, for all pupils, on March 8th and the implications that this has for governance generally and clerking specifically, both in terms of agenda setting and supporting advice and guidance.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2021

  • School Financial Value Standard 2021 – exploring the role of governance Podcast

    This podcast features a focussed conversation between our two governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn, on the Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS) for 2021.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 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

  • Admission Appeal Panels - the role of the Clerk - 25th February - 14:00-15:00

    This Better Governor webinar will explore the vital role that the clerk plays in supporting the work of schools and Academy Trust Appeal Panels. We will focus on how the clerk's role encompasses administration, including minute taking, but also the provision of support and guidance to panel members, and where asked to appellants. Clerks will also be made aware of the additional considerations for the conduct of appeal panel hearings, that have been put in place during the pandemic.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2021

  • The role of the vice chair (Recorded February 2021)

    This Better Governor webinar explored the position of the vice-chair to the Governing Body. We looked at the very few regulations that apply and focus on the advantages that good practice in the role can bring to effective governance in both maintained schools and academies. This session helped; chairs improve workload through ideas for delegation and sharing, vice-chairs in becoming more effective, and any governor contemplating taking on the role, reflect on how they too can contribute towards effective governance of their school or trust.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2021

  • Recruiting School Governors during lockdown Podcast

    This Better Governor podcast focuses on the challenges that governing boards face in recruiting new governors, during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2021

  • Governance: Structures and Role Descriptors in Maintained Schools Podcast

    This Better Governor podcast explores the Department of Education (DfE) guidance document Structures and Role descriptors, published in late 2020.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2021

  • The governance of Early Years (Recorded February 2021)

    This Better Governor webinar focused on effective governance of Early Years settings. The session was relevant to governors in stand-alone nurseries as well as those in primary schools that have Early Years Foundation Stage pupils on roll. We explored how the principles of effective governance can be applied in an early years setting whilst considering the impact of Covid -19 and how this shapes current practice.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2021

  • Handling school complaints during lockdown Podcast

    This podcast focuses on a discussion between our two governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn. They explore the latest guidance from the Department of Education, specifically within the context of Remote Learning emphasising the role of those involved in governance.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2021

  • Introduction to School Finance (Recorded February 2021)

    This Better Governor webinar explored the role and responsibilities, of those involved in school governance, specifically relating to school finance. We focused on the statutory responsibilities for finance, current DfE expectations and ensure governors understand their strategic oversight. The webinar is appropriate to all those involved in governance in maintained schools and academies.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2021

  • Staff Reorganisation – The role of Governance in 2021 (Recorded February 2021)

    With ever increasing pressure on school budgets, many governing bodies find their schools having to contemplate restructuring the school staff. This Better Governor webinar explored the role of governors when schools are exploring a restructuring of staff. The session explored situations where restructuring may be necessitated and will focus of the role of the governing body in consulting, participating and ultimately serving on a panel, if reorganisation/restructuring potentially impacts on positions being made vulnerable to redundancy.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2021

  • New to Chairing (Recorded January 2021)

    This Better Governor webinar was aimed at those; new to the role of chair, contemplating taking the chair, and those who simply wish to refresh their knowledge and practice. We explored the role and responsibilities of the chair of the board, explore good practice and focus on how the chair should lead the board.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2021

  • Setting the agenda - Podcast

    This Better Governor podcast features a conversation between our two governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn. Steve and Linda are discussing the process of Governing Body agenda setting.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2021

  • Pupil Online Safety in 2021 (Recorded January 2021)

    During lockdown most pupils in our schools are spending more time at home and for many this will equate to more time online. This webinar focused on the role of governance in schools to ensure that children and young people are protected from the threats that an online presence can represent and also how schools are building pupil resilience and improving parental knowledge and awareness. We reflected on current guidance form a wide range of organisations and equip governors with questions to ask back in school.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2021

  • The role of Members in academy trusts - Podcast

    This podcast features our two governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn in conversation on the role and responsibilities of Members in academy trusts.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2021

  • Clerks' Briefing (Recorded January 2021)

    This Spring Term Clerks' Briefing session ensured clerks to maintained schools and academies are briefed on what they need to know, in preparation for the coming term's meetings. We explored the latest guidance from the Department for Education and its implications for school governance in addition to focusing on key aspects of compliance and effective governance, that clerks should be incorporating into their planning.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2021

  • SFVS (Recorded January 2021)

    This Better Governor webinar explored the Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS), as it is structured for 2021. The 2021 completed SFVS must be submitted to the relevant Local Authority in March 2021. We focused on the role of governance in maintained schools, where SFVS is statutory, looking in detail at the expectations of governor participation and ownership of the vital financial self-evaluation tool.

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2020

  • Hot Topics (Recorded January 2021)

    This Better Governor 'Hot Topics' webinar explore key aspects of what is new and upcoming, in education and school governance, that those involved in governance, in academies and maintained schools, need to know about as we begin the Spring Term of 2021. We will focus on; the latest government advice for schools on Covid-19, Ofsted's evidence from their autumn term inspections, key changes in end of key stage assessments and public examinations for Summer 2021, and the consultation on Keeping Children Safe in Education for September 2021. We constantly monitor what happens in education and if other relevant issues arise, we will include those too.

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2020

  • Clerks' Forum (Recorded December 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar focused on Data Protection from the perspective of the clerk to the Governing Body/Trust Board. We explored GDPR and the 2018 Data Protection Act implementation by schools, what governance should ensure is in place, and the potential considerations that have arisen from Covid-19 and its impact on schools.

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2020

  • How to chair effectively (Recorded December 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar explored the role of the chair of the governing body/trust board, from the perspective of the practical behaviours and actions that contribute to effective chairing and leadership of governance within a school or trust. Attendees received good practice guidance on how to ensure the chair can motivate, inspire and lead governors and trustees to deliver effective governance within their setting.

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2020

  • Exploring Ethical Governance (Recorded November 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar explored the concept of Ethical Leadership in schools, with a particular focus on the work of school governance, both in maintained schools and academies. We clarified what is meant by Ethical Leadership, drawing on the work of the Ethical Leadership Commission and consider how the Framework for Ethical Leadership in Education principles should guide the work of schools and governance in 2020, moving towards 2021.

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2020

  • Good Questions for Governors to Ask (Recorded November 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar explored good practice in the questions that governors in maintained schools and academies should ask as a key means of demonstrating accountability. With Covid-19 and the restrictions in places on how governance functions at present, we focused on key aspects of school provision that those in governance can prioritise and how questions can help fuel our strategic oversight.

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2020

  • Understanding the Company Secretary Function (Recorded November 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar explored the role of the Company Secretary, which many clerks, within Academies, find themselves asked to fulfil. We explored the key duties relating to the role of Company Secretary, as they apply within an academy trust, focusing on the elements of Company Law, compliance and filing.

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2020

  • Safeguarding – the strategic oversight of governance (Recorded November 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar provided all those involved in school governance with an oversight of what effective governance of this vital aspect of school provision should look like in 2020, as we move towards 2021.We explored statutory guidance, expectations, and what and how governance should be monitoring safeguarding against the backdrop of Covid-19.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2020

  • Chairs' Forum (Virtual Governor Visits to Schools)(October 2020)

    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.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2020

  • Clerks' Forum (Parent and Staff Governor Elections) (Recorded October 2020)

    This Better Governor Clerks' Forum focused on the processes and procedures, administered by most clerks, underpinning the election of parent and staff governors. Against the backdrop of regulations, we explored what clerks need to ensure is in place and what discretion schools have in creating their own procedures. We provided good practice guidance, including how to organise online elections, which may be more appropriate with the current Covid-19 restrictions in place.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2020

  • Looked after children - effective governance oversight (Recorded October 2020)

    This Better Governor Webinar explored effective governance oversight of the provision for, and outcomes of, Looked After Children. We focused on the statutory expectations and how Looked after Children, including those who have left local authority care through adoption, special guardianship order or child arrangements order are classified as disadvantaged, attracting pupil premium and the governance responsibilities that accompany this.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2020

  • The role of the Safeguarding Governor in 2020 (October 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar explored the expectations relating to the role of the nominated Safeguarding Governor. We focused on the opportunities that the Safeguarding Governor should take in developing a deeper knowledge of safeguarding, how they should engage with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), the questions they should asking the DSL and how they should share what they learn, in order to enhance the collective knowledge of the board.

    Consultant: Steve Barker September 2020

  • Risk Management – the strategic oversight of governance (October 2020)

    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.

    Consultant: Steve Barker September 2020

  • The role of the Pay Committee webinar (September 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar focused on the role and responsibilities of Governing Boards in making decisions on school teachers' pay. We explored how Pay or Salaries Committees should be constituted and the level of information that they should expect to receive to inform decisions they make, in relation to Headteachers' recommendations for pay awards emanating out of the Teacher Appraisal process. For maintained schools, both appraisal and pay, for school teachers, are enshrined in statutory regulation, but many academy trusts found this session helpful as they too follow the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document.

    Consultant: Steve Barker September 2020

  • Hot Topics (Recorded September 2020)

    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.

    Consultant: Steve Barker September 2020

  • Understanding Internal Scrutiny Webinar (September 2020)

    The Academies Financial Handbook 2020 strengthened regulations relating to Internal Scrutiny. This webinar explored the role of the trust board in ensuring all elements of compliance are met, including the new requirement for qualified independent assurance to be in place. We focused on what trustees should expect to see in internal scrutiny, the breadth of its remit and how the board should demonstrate compliance and responsiveness to any recommendations coming out of the process. The role of internal scrutiny is to ensure that financial controls and risk management procedures are robust and effective in all trusts.

    Consultant: Steve Barker August 2020

  • Six months off school – meeting the needs of all pupils webinar (August 2020)

    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.

    Consultant: Steve Barker August 2020

  • Clerks’ Forum (Recorded August 2020)

    After nearly six months of managing changes to governance practice due to the pandemic, this Better Governor webinar used the DfE school governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) regulations, and the constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools statutory guidance as a basis for exploring some common myths and governance practice errors to ensure clerks are able to provide robust advice and guidance to their bards during the autumn term. We considered regulatory advice and good practice in the management of chairs elections, parent /staff governors, co-headship and who can attend meetings and in what capacity, as well as taking questions raised by webinar participants.

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore August 2020

  • Conducting Headteacher Appraisal in Autumn 2020 webinar (August 2020)

    This webinar focused on the role of governance in conducting headteacher appraisal. We briefly explored the statutory regulations which form the backdrop to appraisal in schools and clarify how headteacher performance management/appraisal conversations should be shaped in 2020, in the aftermath of the Covid-19 school closures.

    Consultant: Steve Barker August 2020

  • Ofsted - what governing bodies should be doing in the Autumn term podcast #2

    This second, in a series of two podcasts, looking at Ofsted’s activities in the Autumn term, explores what governing boards should be thinking about and doing, in order to ensure they are prepared for Ofsted’s visit to their school.

    Consultant: Steve Barker August 2020

  • Introduction to School Finance Webinar (August 2020)

    This webinar was aimed at governors in maintained schools. We focused on the third core function of governance; 'overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.' The webinar introduced attendees to the process of budget planning within education and explore how this forms the back drop to governor monitoring of school financial performance. Accountability is driven by questioning from governance in all schools and we will look at the sort of finance questions governors should ask of their schools.

    Consultant: Steve Barker August 2020

  • Ofsted - what governing bodies should be doing in the Autumn term podcast

    This podcast focuses on the announcements made by Ofsted in early July

    Consultant: Steve Barker August 2020

  • Strategic Priorities and the School Development Plan Webinar (August 2020)

    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.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2020

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020 Webinar (Recorded July 2020)

    This webinar focuses on the new version of Keeping Children Safe In Education (KCSIE) 2020, which comes into force on September 1st. The session explores the key changes in KCSIE, particularly those that are of greatest relevance to school governance and our role in ensuring compliance.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2020

  • Re-opening Secondary Schools - exploring the guidance webinar (Recorded July 2020)

    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.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2020

  • Academies Financial Handbook 2020 - what governors need to know webinar (Recorded July 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar explores the key changes to the newly published Academies Financial Handbook, which comes into force on 1st September this year. This session is relevant for all those involved in academy governance, including; Members, Trustees, those involved at local academy level in multi-academy trusts, and clerks.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2020

  • Monitoring Well-being as part of Relationship, Sex and Health Education

    This webinar focuses on governance oversight of the new Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSE) curriculum in schools and academies from 1st September 2020. Using the Department for Education’s guidance as a starting point, we explore the new curriculum expectations and the role of the governing board in ensuring compliance. We consider the importance of mental health and well-being support for pupils on their return to school following the school closures, and how the first of 14 new RSE teaching modules on physical health and mental wellbeing might be used to inform this.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2020

  • New to the role of Chairing webinar (Recorded July 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar was aimed at those governors who are new to the role of chair, or who are about to begin their first term of office as chair in the next academic year. The session explores; the role of the chair, key relationships between the chair and headteacher, and the chair and the clerk, and provide some good practice advice and guidance on how to lead effective governance in your school.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2020

  • Hot Topics Webinar (Recorded July 2020)

    This Hot Topics webinar focuses on the most recent Department for Education (DfE) guidance relating to the anticipated full re-opening of English schools on September 1st. The guidance was published on Thursday 2nd July. We distil the DfE words into the key messages that those involved in school governance, need to be aware of.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2020

  • Health & Safety - the strategic oversight of governance in 2020 (Recorded June 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar focuses on Health and Safety in our schools and trusts, from the perspective of those responsible for governance. We explore the compliance, what the focus of monitoring should be and reflect on effective oversight of Health & Safety in the context of the current Covid-19 situation as schools move towards a planed September reopening.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2020

  • Clerks' Forum. Policies - the Clerks' role Webinar (Recorded June 2020)

    This webinar focused on improving clerking practice in the management of school policy review. Using the DfE Policy guidance document as a starting point we explore; why policy oversight is crucial for effective governance, which policies require board approval, and how a review schedule can be built into the annual work programme.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2020

  • Questions & Challenges Webinar (Recorded June 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar explores how governors and trustees use questions to bring a sense of challenge to their role in holding schools and academies to account. Accountability is a key function of governance in all schools and without robust questioning, which challenges thinking and deepens knowledge, governance can not be effective.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2020

  • Safer Recruitment Webinar (June 2020)

    This webinar explores the role of governance in ensuring that recruitment of staff and volunteers, in our schools and trusts, is safe . We draw on the statutory guidance in Keeping Children Safe in Education and reflect on how this shapes the monitoring that those involved in school governance should be engaged in.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2020

  • Safeguarding children and young people from radicalisation in 2020

    This Better Governor webinar focused on the hidden threat that the Covid-19 crisis has led to emanating out of the additional amount of time children and young people are currently spending online. We explored the key threats to children and young people's safeguarding that are presented through the all forms of media including online. Those involved in governance will be asked to reflect on what we know our schools and trusts have in place to prevent vulnerable pupils being radicalised and we will be offering advice on the types of question governors should ask to seek assurance.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2020

  • Reopening Schools - the role of the Governing Body Podcast

    This short Better Governor podcast is based upon your questions which were raised in our Risk Assessment for reopening schools - A Governance Overview webinar.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2020

  • Clerking - business meetings and work programmes (Recorded June 2020)

    This webinar focuses on improving clerking practice in the administration and organisation of governing body business cross the annual cycle. Using the DfE Clerking Competency Framework as a guide we explore the clerking role with regard to compliance, board agree protocols and leadership. We also consider the impact of COVID-19 on the function of governance and share best practice advice.

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore June 2020

  • Ensuring Compliance - what governors need to know (Recorded June 2020)

    This webinar focuses on the role of the governing board in ensuring compliance with legislation and statutory regulations. We clarify an understanding of the legal frameworks and context in which schools and academies operate and the legal requirements with which they must comply. Using the DfE Governance Handbook and Competency Frameworks as a guide we explore both the role of the board, and of the clerk role in supporting and promoting effective governance oversight.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2020

  • Financial Benchmarking Webinar (Recorded June 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar explores the importance of financial benchmarking within the role and responsibilities of governance in both maintained schools and academies. We reference the Governance Competency Framework and the requirements of the Academies Financial Handbook. The webinar explores the substance of effective benchmarking and where those involved in governance should expect schools to source benchmarking data and the expectations of its usage.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2020

  • Chairs' Forum - Covid-19 and beyond (Recorded June 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar provided the opportunity for Chairs of Governing Bodies in both maintained schools and academies to consider the impact of the Covid-19 virus on schools in general, but specifically the impact it has on shaping governance and the strategic oversight of schools. We encouraged attendees to bring their own questions relating to governance during and beyond the current pandemic.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2020

  • SEND – what governors need to know (Recorded June 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar explores Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) from the perspective of governance strategic oversight. We focus on the role of school governance and its statutory duties for SEND provision and outcomes.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2020

  • Clerks' - Managing Information Webinar (Recorded June 2020)

    This webinar focuses on improving clerking practice relating to the management of governing board records including documentation circulated with meeting agendas. Referencing the DfE Clerking Competency Framework as our guide we explore the clerking role in maintaining confidentiality, data protection and freedom of information. We will also consider the legal expectations for the storage and management of records and documents used to support effective governance.

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore May 2020

  • Evaluating the effectiveness of governance Webinar (Recorded June 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar explores one of the key roles and responsibilities of school governance in 2020, that of evaluating its effectiveness. The webinar focuses 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

  • Behaviour & Attitudes - an insight into the Ofsted judgement Webinar - 1st June - 7PM

    This webinar explores the Behaviour and Attitudes judgement that is one of the four key judgements, in the Ofsted framework, introduced in September 2019. We focus on the strategic overview that those in governance need to have of this aspect of school provision.

    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

  • Effective Parental Engagement – what governors need to know (Recorded May 2020)

    This webinar enables governors and trustees to focus on why parental engagement is vital, and the importance of governance in ensuring that parents and carers are involved in decision making. We consider the difference between good communication and effective engagement and reflect on the value of both in ensuring that boards are connected with, and answerable to the communities they serve, particularly parents/carers.

    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

  • New to Clerking Webinar (Recorded May 2020)

    If you are a recently appointed clerk, this webinar will help you understand the key roles and responsibilities of the clerk to the board, introduce you to the Clerking Competency Framework and other essential documents, and signpost you to opportunities for future development.

    : May 2020

  • Personal Development Webinar (Recorded May 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar focuses on the Personal Development judgement introduced in the latest Ofsted framework, in September 2019. We explore the evidence that Ofsted inspectors utilise to inform their judgement and reflect on what governors and trustees need to know. You will be encouraged to consider how governors and trustees should monitor this aspect of school performance.

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2020

  • Effective Pupil Premium Webinar (Recorded May 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar explored the strategic oversight that governors and trustees in maintained schools and academies should have of the provision for disadvantaged pupils and the impact it has on outcomes. Those responsible for governance in all schools must hold their schools accountable for decisions made in relation to Pupil Premium expenditure. We focused on how governors and trustees can ensure their monitoring and evaluation of the progress disadvantaged pupils make is effective.

    Consultant: Steve Barker 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

  • Understanding EYFS Webinar (Recorded May 2020)

    This webinar focused on developing an understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage Foundation (EYFS), and strategic oversight of provision in your school or academy. Using the EYFS framework as a guide, we explored how board members can develop confidence in knowing what effective governance looks like and how to monitor progress and outcomes

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore May 2020

  • Clerks' Forum - Clerking virtual Meetings (Recorded May 2020)

    This webinar focused on the clerking skills and behaviours required to support virtual governing board meetings. We explored the impact of working in a virtual environment on clerking function from convening the meeting, approving the agenda and circulating documents, through to note taking and approval of the minutes. We also reflected on how these changes impact communication, and practice and provide an opportunity for you to address any challenges to date.

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore 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

  • 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

  • Governance Meetings during the Coronavirus Pandemic Webinar (Recorded April 2020)

    This webinar focused on the expectations of Governance during the Coronavirus pandemic and the associated school closures. With no changes to the statutory functions of governance, we explored DfE guidance that has been issued, to date, relating to; provision, learning and safeguarding, and how this is impacting on the agendas and content of governing board meetings. We also reflected on how these changes impact scope, participation and decision making.

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2020

  • Clerking - Minutes & Agendas webinar (Recorded April 2020)

    This webinar focused on improving clerking practice in the management of board meetings from agenda setting through to the approval and signature of the minutes. Using the DfE Clerking Competency Framework as a guide, we explored how agendas should be drafted to focus the board on their core functions, the importance of a work planner to aid both agenda setting and decision making, and best practice in taking notes and writing up minutes of meetings.

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore April 2020

  • Ofsted - two terms of the new framework Webinar - 27th April - 7-8PM

    This Better Governor webinar will focus on what has been learned from (almost) two terms of the Ofsted Inspection framework for schools which was introduced in September 2019. We will analyse some of the data, highlight emerging themes and apparent areas of focus in inspections, with the aim of equipping those in governance with a deeper understanding of what to expect when Ofsted resume inspections of our schools, once the current Covid-19 lockdown ends

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2020

  • Clerks' Briefing Webinar - Recorded April 2020

    This webinar focused on the clerks' role in providing advice and support for governance throughout the summer term and with a particular focus on any adaptations due to current Coronavirus restrictions. We explored the recruitment and re-appointment/election of board members, support for a change in governing body leadership, the clerks' role in training and development, and preparation for the new school year.

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore April 2020

  • Panels & Hearings Webinar (Recorded April 2020)

    This webinar focused on the processes, skills and behaviours required of both panel members and clerks when undertaking a panel hearing. We explored the role of the clerk in convening the hearing and managing information flow before the meeting, the importance of confidentiality, impartiality and adherence to timescales, and the role of panel members in discussion and decision making. Whilst work on most panel hearings has been suspended during the Coronavirus pandemic, this webinar provides an opportunity to develop an understanding of the legal requirements, develop key skills, and prepare to participate more effectively in a hearing once school days resume.

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore April 2020

  • Safe Learning Environment Webinar (Recorded April 2020)

    This webinar focused on the assurance that governors and trustees should be seeking from their schools, relating to the safety of pupils at schools in normal times and during the current Coronavirus pandemic. We explored the broader definition of safeguarding, which includes health & safety and will explore how governors and trustees should be seeking assurance that schools are safe for learning and the range of other activities that may be occurring during the current situation.

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2020

  • Learning Walk focused on Quality of Education webinar (Recorded April 2020)

    This webinar focused on increasing governor and trustee knowledge of what constitutes a learning walk and how effective visits to the school/trust can enhance governance effectiveness. We explored how learning walks can be structured to provide valuable reassurance to the board on the quality of education being provided and how to report to the board on their visit. This webinar will be forward focused, identifying what good practice in learning walks will look like when schools return to normal opening patterns.

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2020

  • The Governance of Online Safety during the Coronavirus pandemic webinar

    This webinar focused on the assurance that governors and trustees should be seeking from their schools, relating to online safety of pupils during the current Coronavirus pandemic, when most children and young people will have greater freedom and time to engage in online activities. We explored some of the current risks and the revised Department for Education guidance and how this should inform the questions governors and trustees ask.

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2020

  • Clerks' Forum Webinar (Recorded April 2020)

    This webinar for Clerks explored the role of the professional clerk in supporting the Governing Board through the current COVID-19 pandemic and the associated school closures. The function of governance continues albeit it in a different form and it is vital that information continues to be shared with board members, who continue to be responsible for making key decision.

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore 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

  • Clerking - People and Relationships Webinar (Recorded April 2020)

    This webinar, for clerks, examined the People and Relationships element of the Department for Education Clerking Competency Framework. Good relationships are the foundation for providing impartial advice and guidance. We explored the importance of building and maintaining effective working relationships, the use of appropriate influencing skills, and the effective use of a variety of communication tools.

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore March 2020

  • Mental Health Provision for Children and Young People Webinar (Recorded March 2020)

    The government have been working collaboratively to develop coordinated systems and practices to support children's mental health and well-being. There is an expectation now, reflected in the current Ofsted inspection framework, that schools are actively engaged in recognising characteristics, signposting and in some instances having appropriate provision in schools to support pupils’ well-being and mental health.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2020

  • New to Clerking webinar - 25/03/2020 -12-1

    If you are a recently appointed clerk, this webinar will help you understand the key roles and responsibilities of the clerk to the board, introduce you to the Clerking Competency Framework and other essential documents, and signpost you to opportunities for future development.

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore March 2020

  • Safer Recruitment webinar - what governors need to know (March 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar focused on Safer Recruitment in educational settings and explore the role and responsibilities of governing bodies and trust boards. We refer to existing statutory guidance and give an overview of the changes in the draft version of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020, which the Department for Education are currently consulting on.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2020

  • Safeguarding - what governors need to know in 2020 (Recorded March 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar focused on safeguarding in schools and academies and what effective governance oversight looks like in 2020.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2020

  • Relationship & Sex Education in 2020 Webinar (Recorded 10/03/2020)

    This webinar explored the new statutory requirement, from September 2020, for all schools to teach relationship, and where relevant, sex education

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2020

  • Pupil Exclusions - the role of governance webinar (Recorded 03/03/2020)

    This webinar explored the role of governors and trustees in Pupil Exclusions,

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2020

  • Ofsted Quality of Education judgement (Recorded February 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar will explore the Quality of Education judgement within the Ofsted framework introduced in September 2019. We will focus on how inspectors arrive at their judgement including, the evidence they look for in schools and reflect on how this impacts on governance in 2020.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2020

  • Clerk's Forum Webinar - Recorded 24th February 2020

    We are almost two years on from GDPR and the Data Protection Act of 2018 and this webinar explored good practice for clerking based on lessons learnt in that time.

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore February 2020

  • The Governance of Sustainable schools webinar

    This webinar explored the growing interest in the sustainability of schools. Media attention in global warming, waste reduction, recycling and ecologically sound behaviours has focused pupils, parents and staff reflection on knowledge, learning and practice in schools. We considered global drivers and some of the local solutions that schools are successfully implementing, and how school governance should ensure effective oversight.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2020

  • Clerks' Briefing Webinar - (Recorded 29th January 2020)

    This Clerks' Briefing webinar is aimed at Clerks to Governing Boards and Trust Boards in both maintained schools and academies. This is an opportunity to get up to speed on the issues that are of relevance to school governance this term, which should influence agenda setting for this term's meetings.

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore January 2020

  • Hot Topics Webinar (Recorded Monday 20th January 2020)

    This Hot Topics webinar focused on what is new in Education that governors, trustees and clerks need to know about.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2020

  • Ofsted – The Quality of Education Webinar (Recorded 26th November 2019)

    This webinar focused on the new judgement in the Ofsted framework, the quality of education.

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2019

  • Academies Financial Update Webinar (Recorded Nov 2019)

    This webinar provides trustees and others involved in governance within academies and free schools, with an update on effective governance of finance within the academy sector in 2019, moving forward into 2020. We will focus on recent updates from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), the 2019 Academies Financial Handbook and the recently introduced School Resource Management Self-assessment tool.

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2019

  • Clerks' Forum webinar - 24th October 2019 (Recorded October 2019)

    This Clerks' Forum was a webinar for clerks of maintained schools and academies and was focused on the clerk's role in governor recruitment. The webinar focused on developing an understanding of the governor recruitment process, understanding the clerk’s role in providing advice, guidance and practical support and raising awareness of an effective induction programme.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2019

  • Clerks' Briefing Webinar (Recorded September 2019)

    This Clerks' Briefing webinar was aimed at Clerks to Governing Boards and Trust Boards in both maintained schools and academies. Get up to speed on the issues that are of relevance to school governance this term, which should influence agenda setting for the term ahead's meetings.

    Consultant: Steve Barker September 2019

  • Better Governor webinar - New to Governance (Recorded August 2019)

    This Better Governor webinar is an opportunity for newly-appointed governors or academy trustees to develop an understanding of the principles and expectations of effective school governance. The webinar will provide you with an overview of the principles of governance, explain the strategic nature of the role and explore the accountability framework that underpins effective governance. At Better Governor, our mantra is 'What you need to know, when you need to know it': this session is designed to prepare you for your first meeting as a new governor, but also as a precursor to further induction training that you will have access to. This webinar was facilitated by our governance experts Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn and was a mix of input from them together with the opportunity for the audience to ask their own questions.

    Consultant: Steve Barker August 2019

  • Better Strategic Planning for governors and trustees webinar (Recorded July 2019)

    This Better Governor webinar, is an opportunity for all those involved in governance, in maintained schools and academies to reflect on the effectiveness of strategic planning in their school or trust. The Governance Competency Framework sets a clear expectation that Governing/Trust Board's focus on a strategic remit: effective strategic planning is implicit in this. Watch the recording to explore the topic and hear the discussion on what effective practice looks like in 2019. This webinar was facilitated by our governance experts Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn and was a mix of input from them together with opinion polls and the opportunity for the audience to ask their own questions.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2019

  • The role of the Clerk in handling concerns and complaints Webinar (Recorded 12th June 2019)

    This Clerks’ Forum webinar provides clerks to governing bodies and trust boards with the opportunity to come together with other clerks to talk about good practice in handling parental concerns in schools, including clerking a parental complaint panel. We will refer to the latest Department for Education guidance and ensure that we brief clerks on all relevant materials with suggested actions that are appropriate to clerks in providing advice, support and guidance to governors and trustees.

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2019

  • Clerks’ Briefing webinar recording May 2019

    The Clerks’ Briefing webinar provided clerks to governing bodies and trust boards with an update on the latest developments in educational policy, practice and consultation that should influence agendas for governing body/trust meetings this term. We briefed clerks on relevant subjects and suggested actions that are appropriate to clerks in providing advice, support and guidance to governors and trustees.

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2019

  • Self-evaluation of the Governing Board webinar recording

    This Better Governor webinar explored how governors, trustees and those serving on Local Academy Committees ensure through rigorous self-evaluation and reflection that governance is effective and fit for purpose, within their school or trust.

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2019

  • Better Governor Clerks' Forum - Data Protection - webinar recording

    This Better Governor, Clerks' Forum webinar explored the governance of data protection, in the light of the 2018 Data Protection Act, with a specific focus on the role of the clerk.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2019

  • Clerks’ Briefing webinar

    This Clerks’ Briefing webinar provided clerks to governing bodies and trust boards with an update on the latest developments in educational policy, practice and consultation that should influence agendas for governing body/trust meetings this term. We briefed clerks on relevant subjects and suggest actions that are appropriate to clerks in providing advice, support and guidance to governors and trustees.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2019

  • Clerks' Forum Webinar

    This Better Governor, Clerks' Forum, webinar focused on the governance of safeguarding children and young people and how this impacts upon the role of the clerk.

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2018

  • Clerks’ Briefing webinar

    This Better Governor Clerks’ Briefing webinar provided clerks to governing bodies and trust boards with an update on the latest developments in educational policy, practice and consultation that should influence agendas for governing body/trust meetings this term. We briefed clerks on relevant subjects and suggest actions that are appropriate to clerks in providing advice, support and guidance to governors and trustees.

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore November 2018

  • Clerking in an Academy or Free School Webinar Recording

    This webinar was aimed at those clerks new to role who wish to develop their awareness and understanding of: • the structure of academies • key documentation • the role of the clerk • clerking competencies

    : November 2018

  • Secondary Matters Webinar

    This Better Governor webinar focused on issues germane to secondary education. In this first of a series of Secondary Matters webinars, we explored the curriculum and how current policy, thought, research and plans to overhaul the Ofsted Inspection framework will influence what is taught in secondary schools going forward.

    : October 2018

  • Chairs' Network

    This Better Governor Chairs’ Network webinar, was an opportunity for chairs of governing bodies, academy trusts and chairs of local academy committees to come together and discuss topical issues, with our resident governance experts in a structured debate.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2018

  • Making Every Penny Count

    This 'Finance Matters - Making Every Penny Count' webinar was broadcasted on Wednesday 26th September at 7pm.

    Consultant: Steve Barker September 2018

  • Confidentiality and Part 2 Minutes (June 2018)

    This Better Governor webinar focused on the confidentiality within governance. We reflected on the use of Part Two minutes, when confidentiality is appropriate, how long certain matters should remain confidential and who has access to minutes of part two discussions.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2018

  • Ensuring the needs of disadvantaged pupils are met (June 2018)

    This Better Governor webinar explores how governors, trustees and those serving on Local Academy Committees ensure the needs of disadvantaged pupils are met within their schools.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2018

  • Chairs' Network What Constitutes part 2 (June 2018)

    This Chairs' Network webinar provided the opportunity for chairs, co-chairs and others who were interested, to come together and explore topical issues that are relevant to the leadership of governance in schools and academy trusts.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2018

  • Considering becoming the Chair? (June 2018)

    This Better Governor webinar explores the role of the chair of the governing body/trust board/local academy committee and the expectations of the position, from the perspective of governors and trustees who are considering or planning to put themselves forward for election, either as Chair or co-Chair.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2018

  • Chairs' Development Programme Cohort #1 Unit 2 (June 2018)

    This short webinar, facilitated by Ruth Murton builds on Session One and encourages you to reflect on your learning so far.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2018

  • Better Governor Podcast – Headteacher Appraisal

    This short podcast features two of our governance experts, Steve Barker and Ruth Murton, discussing Headteacher Appraisal.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2018

  • Chairs' Network- What Constitutes 'Part 2' Webinar (May 2018)

    This Better Governor Chairs’ Network webinar, is an opportunity for chairs of governing bodies, academy trusts and chairs of local academy committees to come together and discuss topical issues, with our resident governance experts in a structured debate. 

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2018

  • How does governance change you join a MAT? Webinar (May 2018)

    This Better Governor webinar reflects on how governance changes when schools convert to academy status and join a multi-academy trust.

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 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.

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 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. 

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 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. 

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2018

  • Introduction Webinar to Better Clerking Development Programme (January 2018)

    This webinar provides an overview of the Better Governor, Better Clerking Development Programme, to those clerks who have registered.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 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.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 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).

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2018

  • 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.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2018

JUST BREAKING

DfE update school website requirements

On 12th February 2021, the Department for Education updated What maintained schools must publish online and the academy version; What academies, free schools and colleges should publish online. Both publications have been updated to reflect the statutory requirements relating to remote learning.