The role and responsibilities of school governors are defined in various acts of parliament and through statutory regulations. This section will help clerks and governors find out more about what they must do and what they can do as governors.
This podcast focuses on a discussion between our two governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn. Their discussion relates to the expectations that those involved in school governance should have relating to risk assessments and subsequent procedures in their schools, given the ongoing nature of the Covid pandemic. Changes in Department for Education guidance in July and August 2021, whilst not necessarily changing assessed risks, do mean that schools will be reflecting on the associated procedures and it is important that governing boards are aware of the changes and understand how they will impact on school processes and procedures in the coming months.
What schools must publish online updated February 2021
This webinar focuses on the role of the governing board in ensuring compliance with legislation and statutory regulations. We clarify an understanding of the legal frameworks and context in which schools and academies operate and the legal requirements with which they must comply. Using the DfE Governance Handbook and Competency Frameworks as a guide we explore both the role of the board, and of the clerk role in supporting and promoting effective governance oversight.
This webinar focused on the expectations of Governance during the Coronavirus pandemic and the associated school closures. With no changes to the statutory functions of governance, we explored DfE guidance that has been issued, to date, relating to; provision, learning and safeguarding, and how this is impacting on the agendas and content of governing board meetings. We also reflected on how these changes impact scope, participation and decision making.
This webinar focused on the processes, skills and behaviours required of both panel members and clerks when undertaking a panel hearing. We explored the role of the clerk in convening the hearing and managing information flow before the meeting, the importance of confidentiality, impartiality and adherence to timescales, and the role of panel members in discussion and decision making. Whilst work on most panel hearings has been suspended during the Coronavirus pandemic, this webinar provides an opportunity to develop an understanding of the legal requirements, develop key skills, and prepare to participate more effectively in a hearing once school days resume.
The DfE has published new Character Education guidance for schools
The DfE has published a new, updated version of the Governance Handbook in March 2019
The DfE have updated their guidance on what maintained schools must publish online
The Department for Education has revised guidance on what maintained schools must publish online.