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.

  • 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

  • DfE Confirms PE & Sport Premium funding for 2020-21

    On Sunday 5th July the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson confirmed the continuation funding for the PE & Sport Premium for the next academic year.

    Consultant: Sam Williams 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Overseeing Pupil Mental Health & well being

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

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore May 2020

  • Mental Health Awareness week

    Mental Health Awareness week – what school governors need to know

    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

  • 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

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Ofqual proposes changes to some GCSE, AS and A Level Exams for 2021

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) has published the outcomes of its consultation on proposed changes to some of the GCSE, AS, and A-Level examinations for Summer 2021. The consultation ran between 1st and 16th July with Ofqual confirming that 28,972 responses had been submitted.