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.

  • Staff workload and well-being - what governors need to know (Recorded Jan 2021)

    Teacher (and Headteacher) workload and its impact on well-being falls under the duty of care that governing boards have for their staff. This session explored what this means in practice and what schools can do to reduce workload. We focused on how governance should monitor this increasingly important aspect of their school's work in order to establish an appropriate strategic overview of its effectiveness.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2022

  • Handling Allegations (Recorded April 2021)

    This Better Governor webinar explored how safeguarding allegations should be handled in schools and academies, and how this sits with the role of governance in terms of strategic oversight over the process. We focused on who should be involved and highlight the role of governance in handling allegations relating to the headteacher, which whilst rare, do occur from time to time.

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2021

  • Staff Mental Health and well-being – governance oversight in 2021 - 17th March - 7PM

    This webinar will explore the impact of mental health and well-being within the school workforce, reflect on the impact and benefits of prioritising staff wellbeing in schools and identify the factors that contribute to effective governance oversight of staff mental health and well-being.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2021

  • Governance of the Single Central Record Podcast

    This podcast focuses on the role of governance in ensuring this vital aspect of Safer Recruitment compliance is both in place and accurate. Our two governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn, explore the purpose and statutory status of the Single Central Record and discuss effectiveness of governance monitoring of it. The podcast also includes good practice tips on how effective monitoring can take place remotely.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2021

  • Staff Reorganisation – The role of Governance in 2021 (Recorded February 2021)

    With ever increasing pressure on school budgets, many governing bodies find their schools having to contemplate restructuring the school staff. This Better Governor webinar explored the role of governors when schools are exploring a restructuring of staff. The session explored situations where restructuring may be necessitated and will focus of the role of the governing body in consulting, participating and ultimately serving on a panel, if reorganisation/restructuring potentially impacts on positions being made vulnerable to redundancy.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2021

  • Higher Level Teaching Assistant status

    Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) is a nationally recognised status that can dramatically impact schools in a variety of ways. Those involved in governance in maintained schools and academies should be aware of the status and its far-reaching benefits to school communities.

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2020

  • The role of the Pay Committee webinar (September 2020)

    This Better Governor webinar focused on the role and responsibilities of Governing Boards in making decisions on school teachers' pay. We explored how Pay or Salaries Committees should be constituted and the level of information that they should expect to receive to inform decisions they make, in relation to Headteachers' recommendations for pay awards emanating out of the Teacher Appraisal process. For maintained schools, both appraisal and pay, for school teachers, are enshrined in statutory regulation, but many academy trusts found this session helpful as they too follow the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document.

    Consultant: Steve Barker September 2020

  • Conducting Headteacher Appraisal in Autumn 2020 webinar (August 2020)

    This webinar focused on the role of governance in conducting headteacher appraisal. We briefly explored the statutory regulations which form the backdrop to appraisal in schools and clarify how headteacher performance management/appraisal conversations should be shaped in 2020, in the aftermath of the Covid-19 school closures.

    Consultant: Steve Barker August 2020

  • 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

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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.