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Who governs our schools – purpose and participation | Tony Breslin

Tony Breslin asks if school governance can be improved through a better understanding of what its purpose is and what effects participation in it can have.

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@ICSA_News Conference: Academy governance matters | governingmatters

On 6th October I attended “Academy Governance: delivering continuous improvement” conference organised by ICSA. This was a well organised conference which gave the attendees a chance to listen to really good and varied presentations. I will write a bit about each of the presentations I attended but will concentrate on the questions which governors should be asking themselves and their schools to bring about school improvement.

The day started with Sir David Carter delivering the keynote address. Sir David’s presentation, as always, was very interesting and useful. He made the point that…

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@ICSA_News Conference: Academy governance matters | governingmatters

On 6th October I attended “Academy Governance: delivering continuous improvement” conference organised by ICSA. This was a well organised conference which gave the attendees a chance to listen to really good and varied presentations. I will write a bit about each of the presentations I attended but will concentrate on the questions which governors should be asking themselves and their schools to bring about school improvement.

The day started with Sir David Carter delivering the keynote address. Sir David’s presentation, as always, was very interesting and useful. He made the point that…

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The Ten Commandments | Hello Mr Sparrow!

It’s been three years since I first became a school governor, and only now do I feel I’ve probably got sufficient experience and ideas to write a blog. Having tried, and quickly abandoned, a couple of previous attempts, I’d like to keep this one going! I hope it will provide a useful mixture of practical ideas and wider policy explanations. I’ve got no professional link to the education world, and have found the latter is perhaps the requirement with which I’ve struggled the most – but it is a critical part of being on a governing body.

As a primary school governor – and for a school within…

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#GBBO  | aclerkselbow

The Elbow, who is still at a governor conference, has been challenged to blog about crumbs. Don’t ask – best not. The obvious reaction to this request is to blog about your public exclamations to the “we’ve had The Ofsted Call” as your private reaction will no doubt be unprintable; but you know me I do like a challenge…

The last live blog was about training and to follow this up The Elbow asks if your learning has a plan or focus, whether it’s done in bitesize chunks; in large blocks; by osmosis through reading widely and thereby learning useful nuggets of information and advice which has…

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Rock up and govern | aclerkselbow

The Elbow once heard an important governance/education person say they just wanted governors to rock up and govern. Fab. Let’s do just that. But where do you actually need to rock up outside of the Board – presumably you do turn up to those…presumably; and presumably you do real monitoring and link visits …hopefully? Adding something to the mix may The Elbow offer another thing you ought to rock up at – governor learning. So for what it’s worth:

If you book on a learning opportunity a) someone has organised it b) you’ve made a considered decision that it offers something useful (although…

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However comma | aclerkselbow

The Elbow is sitting at a governor conference, passport stamped, tea in hand, plaster removed from the actual elbow (left). The matter under discussion is the state of school governance and The Elbow offers this; another interminable list of definitions;

State (i) the trusty online dictionary offers “the particular condition that someone or something is in a specific time”. The Elbow is not in one this morning as she had an early night and is firing on tea in spite of a night of networking but does ask you to think about is what state is your Board in…a happy state, a total state (tsk), a…

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