Pupils

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.

  • Radicalisation and Activism - the role of governance - Thursday 9th June - 12.00

    This Better Governor webinar explored the statutory role of governance in ensuring that children and young people in our schools are protected from radicalisation, in all its current forms. We also focuse on the increase in activism and how this sits within the overall framework of safeguarding responsibilities of schools.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2022

  • Attendance - the role of governance (Recorded May 2022)

    This webinar focused on the role of the governing board in promoting good attendance and punctuality. We explored how governance should be monitoring attendance and the range of information they should expect in terms of data and interventions to improve whole school attendance and that of specific groups of children and young people. Attendance is an integral part of the behaviour judgement in the current Ofsted framework and we will ensure governors have clarity on the expectations that inspectors will have.

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2022

  • Meeting the needs of Looked After Children (Recorded February 2022)

    This Better Governor webinar explored the role of governance, in maintained schools and academy, in relation to Looked After Children. We explored the needs of this group of children and young people within the statutory duties of all schools and trusts.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2022

  • Safer Internet Day 2022 – the role of governors

    Safer Internet Day is an annual event, acknowledged and celebrated around the world in February each year. This year’s Safer Internet Day is Tuesday 8th February. This article summarises the key themes of the day and how governors can champion this vital aspect of safeguarding within their schools and trusts.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2022

  • Creating Safer Internet experiences for Children and Young People (Recorded Feb 2022)

    8th February is Safer Internet Day 2022 and this year celebrates children and young people’s role in creating a safer internet, whether that is whilst gaming and creating content, or interacting with their friends and peers. This Better Governor webinar focused on the role of governance in ensuring that children and young people, in our schools and trusts, understand the risks and are learning how to address them so that the internet can be safe for them all.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2022

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education webinar (Recorded September 2021)

    This Better Governor webinar explored the key changes in the new, for September 2021, version of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE). The new edition has changed significantly following the Department for Education's consultation earlier in the year and we focused on the changes that those involved in school governance need to focus on.

    Consultant: Steve Barker September 2021

  • Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds worst affected by the loss of learning

    The Department of Education (DfE) has published research findings examining the extent of learning amongst all students in England, during the Autumn and Spring terms of the current academic year.

    Consultant: Sam Williams July 2021

  • 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

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Radicalisation and Activism - the role of governance - Thursday 9th June - 12.00

This Better Governor webinar will explore the statutory role of governance in ensuring that children and young people in our schools are protected from radicalisation, in all its current forms. We will also focus on the increase in activism and how this sits within the overall framework of safeguarding responsibilities of schools.