This area of the Better Governor website, focuses on news articles and reports that highlight school issues impacting on pupils, their needs and requirements, and how governing bodies can ensure their school provides the right support, at the right time, to all pupils, from the most vulnerable to the most able.

  • Primary to Secondary School transition in 2021 - what governors need to know

    This podcast features a discussion between two of our governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn. The podcast explores some of the specific issues impacting on successful transition from Year 6 into Year 7 in September 2021. Steve and Linda talk about the impact of Covid and the related school closures and how this has led to changes in assessment, availability of pupil progress data to support transition, as well as a range of other issues that have arisen as a consequence of partial closures of school, remote learning, and the toll they may have taken on young people's lives.

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2021

  • Pupil Exclusions (Recorded May 2021)

    This Better Governor webinar focused on the role of governance when exclusions occur in schools. Fixed term and permanent exclusions are subject to statutory regulations; the session explored current Department for Education guidance, which applies to academies and maintained schools. We focused on the role and responsibilities of governors asked to sit on pupil exclusion panels and set this into context of our general duty to ensure compliance.

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2021

  • New Pupil Premium requirements for schools

    Pupil Premium rules change for September 2021

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 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

  • 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

  • Pupil Premium – December 2020 Update

    On 17th December the Department for Education (DfE) published a Pupil Premium Policy Paper. The update confirms that the 2021 – 2022 financial year pupil premium funding will remain unchanged.

    Consultant: Sam Williams January 2021

  • Secondary School Covid Testing

    Covid Testing for English Secondary Schools in January 2021

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 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

  • 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

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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.