This podcast focuses on the announcements made by Ofsted in early July
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This short Better Governor podcast is based upon your questions which were raised in our Risk Assessment for reopening schools - A Governance Overview webinar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Better Governor webinar focused on safeguarding in schools and academies and what effective governance oversight looks like in 2020.
This webinar explored the new statutory requirement, from September 2020, for all schools to teach relationship, and where relevant, sex education
This webinar explored the role of governors and trustees in Pupil Exclusions,
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.
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.
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.
This Better Governor webinar focused on school teachers’ pay and the role that governing boards should play in making decisions relating to pay awards. Governing Boards have statutory duties relating to Teachers’ Pay and this webinar will take you through these responsibilities, explaining the difference between performance-related pay and decisions on annual pay awards linked to the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD). We will explored how effective pay committees operate and what information governors should expect to receive to support their decision making. The session was facilitated by two of our governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn and was a mix of input from them and live opinion polls
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.
This Hot Topics webinar focused on what is new in Education that governors, trustees and clerks need to know about.
This webinar focused on the experiences of governors and trustees whose schools have been inspected since the introduction of the new inspection framework in September 2019.
This webinar focused on the new judgement in the Ofsted framework, the quality of education.
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.
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.
This Hot Topics webinar was an opportunity for governors and trustees to learn about what's new and happening in education of specific relevance to governance in schools and academy trusts. The session provided a brief update on new regulations, policy and practice that will influence meetings of your governing body/trust this term. The webinar was facilitated by our governance experts Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn. It included updates on; the Ofsted framework, Keeping Children Safe in Education, Data Protection and Teachers' Pay.
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.
This Better Governor webinar was aimed at governors who are; new to chairing, about to take up the role of chair, or vice chairs considering the role. The recording is equally relevant for those in maintained schools, academies or free schools. The session focuses on the role of the chair and key aspects of it, including effective working with the headteacher and the clerk to the governing board, as well as reflecting on how the chair provides strong leadership within the expectations that government has of the role. The webinar was facilitated by our two governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn. It is a great resource for anyone new to the role of chairing and provides a helpful introduction to the role.
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.
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.
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.
This Better Governor webinar was an opportunity for all those involved in governance, in maintained schools and academies to get up to speed with what is happening in education that is specifically relevant to governors, trustees and clerks. The session was an invaluable preparation for Governing Body and Trust Board meetings this term.
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.
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.
This Better Governor webinar will explore the role of governance in recruiting headteachers and focus on best practice in ensuring schoools secure the leadership they deserve. The cost of not being successful in recruiting a headteacher places a significant premium on getting the whole process right first time. Governing Bodies and Trust Boards need to ensure that investing in a recruitment process delivers value for money.
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.
This Better Governor webinar took place on February 27th at 08.00. It explored how governors, trustees and those serving on Local Academy Committees ensure that parental complaints are handled effectively within their schools. Governing Boards are required to ensure that the school or academy has effective systems in place for listening to the views of parents and carers, and responding to their concerns. Governors may also be involved in commissioning or conducting investigations. This webinar also explored best practice issues surrounding parental complaints handling.
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.
The first Better Governor, Hot Topics webinar of 2019 was held on Thursday 17th January at 7pm. The aim of the sessions was to bring all those involved in governance up to speed with what is happening in education, that is specifically relevant to school governors in academies and maintained schools.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
This Better Governor webinar looked at GDPR in our schools and academy trusts and the expectations of the DfE and Information Commissioners Office. Some schools are now responding to subject access requests.
This webinar provided governors and trustees, in primary schools, with an overview of Analysing School Performance (ASP) and Inspection Data Summary Reports (IDSR).
This term’s Better Governor ‘Safeguarding’ webinar was broadcasted on 2nd October at 7:45pm.
This 'Finance Matters - Making Every Penny Count' webinar was broadcasted on Wednesday 26th September at 7pm.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This short webinar, facilitated by Ruth Murton builds on Session One and encourages you to reflect on your learning so far.
This Better Governor webinar focuses on the safeguarding in 2018 reflecting not just the changes in the new Keeping Children Safe in Education, for September 2018, but also looking at emerging themes in the ever-changing challenge of safeguarding children and young people.
This short podcast features two of our governance experts, Steve Barker and Ruth Murton, discussing Headteacher Appraisal.
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.
This Better Governor webinar reflects on how governance changes when schools convert to academy status and join a multi-academy trust.
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.
This webinar provides all governors, trustees, those who serve on Local Academy Committees and clerks with the opportunity to get up to speed on what is happening in education, that is specifically relevant to all those with an interest in school governance.
This Better Governor Clerks' Forum focused on the clerk's role in supporting governance through ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
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.
This webinar provides an overview of the Better Governor, Better Clerking Development Programme, to those clerks who have registered.
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.
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).
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.