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.

  • Analysing School Performance - the replacement for RAISEonline

    RAISEonline is disappearing on 31st July 2017 and being replaced by a new service called Analysing School Performance. Read more here....

    Author: Ruth Murton June 2017

  • New DfE guidance on Child Sexual Exploitation

    The Department for Education has published new guidance on Child Sexual Exploitation. The guidance is directed at all those working to protect children from sexual exploitation. Read more here...

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2017

  • KS4 headline performance measures explained (screencast)

    This screencast delivers a concise explanation of the KS4 headline performance measures for 2016. To watch this video which lasts around 10 minutes, please click here now....

    Author: Ruth Murton October 2016

  • Pupil Well-Being Webinar October 2016 (REPLAY)

    Our next webinar will focus on pupil well-being, a key element of the Ofsted judgement Personal Development Behaviour and Welfare. Please register now to attend this live event.....

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2016

  • AS level results – questions governors should be asking.

    The results from the new AS level qualifications, introduced in 2015, have now arrived. Governors in secondary schools will want clarity over their meaning and need to consider the questions these results raise. Read more...

    Author: Ruth Murton August 2016

  • English as an additional language - new assessment of pupils' proficiency

    The DfE will require all schools to categorise the stages of proficiency of the pupils who have English as an additional language. New statutory requirements will require this assessment to be completed and information returned annually.

    Author: Ruth Murton July 2016

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education Webinar (REPLAY)

    This Better Governor webinar will focus on the newly published DfE Statutory guidance on Safeguarding for schools that comes into effect in September 2016. The early publication of this draft guidance has been timed to allow schools to become familiar with the changes, in readiness for implementation in September.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2016

  • Safeguarding podcast

    This Better Governor podcast focuses on the key elements of safeguarding in schools and what school governors and clerks need to know about it.

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2016

  • "Channel" General Awareness Training

    This article explains, for governors and clerks, the Channel programme and how it supports the Prevent Duty on schools. We also link to an online Channel awareness training programme.

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2016

  • The Prevent Duty - Podcast

    This subscriber podcast explores The Prevent Duty and and what it means to schools. It provides governors and clerks, in maintained schools and academies with a quick, easy-to-understand overview of what governors need to know about Prevent and how to ensure that schools are responding to this vital element of safeguarding.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2016

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Exclusions from schools – new statutory guidance from September 2017

New statutory guidance, relating to pupil exclusions, has been published by the Department for Education (DfE). The guidance applies, from 1st September, to all maintained schools, Pupil Referral Units(PRUs) and Academies, and Free Schools in England. The guidance sets out what schools and PRUs must do to comply with the law. Governors and clerks should be aware that the statutory framework relating to pupil exclusions has not changed. The DfE make clear that the guidance aims to ‘provide greater confidence to head teachers on their use of exclusion and to provide greater clarity to independent review panels and governing boards on their consideration of exclusion decisions.’