Staffing

Governing Bodies have wide ranging responsibilities relating to staffing in schools, which can vary between maintained schools and academies. They range from, ensuring schools have an appropriate policy framework in place that complies with education and employment law, to Headteacher Appraisal and Performance Related Pay. This area of the Better Governor website contains articles and guidance documents focusing on school HR issues, written by governors, for governors to ensure you are up-to-date with current legislation and best practice.

  • Safer Recruitment Webinar (June 2020)

    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.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2020

  • Safer Recruitment webinar - what governors need to know (March 2020)

    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.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2020

  • Webinar - The Governors' role in Pay Decisions - 20th October 2019

    This Better Governor webinar will focus 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 also explore how effective pay committees operate and what information governors should expect to receive to support their decision making. The session will be facilitated by two of our governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn and will be a mix of input from them, live opinion polls and the opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2019

  • Hot Topics webinar (Recorded October 2019)

    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.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2019

  • Hot Topics webinar - 2nd October 2019

    This Hot Topics webinar is 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 webinar will be broadcast on Wednesday 2nd October 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM BST. In this session we will provide a brief update on new regulations, policy and practice that will influence meetings of your governing body/trust this term. The webinar will be facilitated by our governance experts Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn and will be a mix of input, opinion polls conducted in real time and the opportunity to ask your questions. We are planning to include updates on; the Ofsted framework, Keeping Children Safe in Education, Data Protection and Teachers' Pay. This list may change and be added to, in order to reflect other news and updates near 2nd October.

    Consultant: Steve Barker September 2019

  • DfE Funding of teachers’ pension employers’ contribution increases

    DfE clarifies funding of teachers’ pension employers’ contribution increases from September 2019-March 2020

    Consultant: Steve Barker August 2019

  • Teachers Pay 2019-2020 – what governors need to know

    School teachers pay in maintained schools is set to increase by 2.7% for 2019-2020.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2019

  • Recruiting a Headteacher in 2019 webinar

    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.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2019

  • Changes to Disqualification by Association in schools

    New regulations have removed Disqualification by Association, for individuals working in childcare in non-domestic settings such as schools and nurseries.

    : September 2018

  • Teachers’ Pay to increase in September 2018

    The School Teachers’ Review Body 2018 report is published and the Department for Education has released a news story announcing that the Government is to fund pay rises for teachers.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2018

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Cyber-security in Schools

On the 15th July the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), in association with the DfE, published new guidance on managing cyber-security risks in schools.