And finally… | aclerkselbow

This will be the last Elbow blog of the current academic year. And what a year it was. Better brains than The Elbow will no doubt summarise all the changes and legislation and guidance which has emerged from the depths of DfE Towers and Ofsted Mansions over the past three terms. Importantly though The Governance Handbook is now making sturdy strides into toddlerhood as are it’s siblings and so far so good. Some of the other important guidance remains extant which is great news as this indicates a level of stability. Here’s hoping. However, and there’s ways a however in Elbowland, The Elbow…

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I have news… | mikercameron

As the academic year glides to a close, I have news. For the past six years I’ve been lucky enough to have been a governor at one of the finest schools in the country, working with a wonderful group of people to support the education of local kids. One of the many reasons this school… Read More I have news…

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Ofsted Inspection Handbook (Sept 2018) and governance matters | governingmatters

Ofsted has recently published the School Inspection Handbook (Sept 2018). This handbook is primarily a guide for inspectors on how to carry out school inspections. However, it is made available to schools and other organisations to ensure that they are informed about the process and procedures of inspection. Below are extracts from the Handbook which relate to governors/governance. The Handbook also includes information concerning the meeting which the inspectors will hold with those responsible for governance as well as information about who can attend the feedback meeting and see the draft…

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Ofsted Inspection Handbook (Sept 2018) and governance matters | governingmatters

Ofsted has recently published the School Inspection Handbook (Sept 2018). This handbook is primarily a guide for inspectors on how to carry out school inspections. However, it is made available to schools and other organisations to ensure that they are informed about the process and procedures of inspection. Below are extracts from the Handbook which relate to governors/governance. The Handbook also includes information concerning the meeting which the inspectors will hold with those responsible for governance as well as information about who can attend the feedback meeting and see the draft…

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Governance matters at Festival of Education Part 2 | governingmatters

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Left to right: Mark Lehain, Katie Paxton-Dogget, Naureen Khalid, Jo Penn, Will Malard

On Friday 22nd June 2018 I chaired a panel discussion at the Festival of Education at Wellington College. With an ever increasing number of schools joining Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs), there is a need to understand how these are governed. This was a well attended session. It was good to see so many people take an interest in governance. What was especially pleasing was that governors and trustees and even a Member of a trust were present.

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Governance matters at Festival of Education Part 2 | governingmatters

Photo Credit: Cat Scutt

Left to right: Mark Lehain, Katie Paxton-Dogget, Naureen Khalid, Jo Penn, Will Malard

On Friday 22nd June 2018 I chaired a panel discussion at the Festival of Education at Wellington College. With an ever increasing number of schools joining Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs), there is a need to understand how these are governed. This was a well attended session. It was good to see so many people take an interest in governance. What was especially pleasing was that governors and trustees and even a Member of a trust were present.

The session looked at “The Brave New…

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Thinking ahead/planning for the new governance year matters | governingmatters

As this year draws to a close, governors may be starting to think ahead to 2019. You may be thinking of elections for chair and vice chair. You may be planning to hold parent/staff governor elections if the terms of the incumbents are coming to an end. You may be aware that terms of some appointed governors are also coming to an end and vacancies will need to be filled. Hopefully, you have agreed the procedure of election for the chair and vice chair and equally importantly have a succession plan in place. Hopefully, also, you have conducted a skills audit so you can
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