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We’ve cut everything – governors on the funding crisis | Ian Usher

This article was originally posted on EdCentral, from where it is republished with permission.

Ever-decreasing budgets, a new national funding formula (NFF) and reports of headteachers asking parents to plug holes in finances – schools in the UK are feeling the pinch.

This leaves many governors with the difficult task of trying to raise standards while having no option but to make cuts. We spoke to three governors to get a frontline perspective on the financial challenges facing schools, and how governors are coping.
“We cannot cut any further, there is literally nothing left to cut”…

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Expert, except… | aclerkselbow

I am not a blower of trumpets but I have been known to retweet a tweet of my own. This usually happens if I’ve not timed my tweet properly. You get to know when is the best time to reach the audience you were aiming at which for me as a governor is usually between 7.00 and 8.30am or 8.00-10.00pm as most of us work, but not necessarily in education so we do our SM at breakfast time or whilst pretending to watch TV. #multitaskers

Today (a Sunday) I gave up family time and drove a 130 mile round trip to meet with other WomenEd leaders. I was 10% braver (a fabulous hashtag and one to which we…

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Expert, except… | aclerkselbow

I am not a blower of trumpets but I have been known to retweet a tweet of my own. This usually happens if I’ve not timed my tweet properly. You get to know when is the best time to reach the audience you were aiming at which for me as a governor usually between 7.00 and 8.30am or 8.00-10.00pm as most of us work but not necessarily in education. 

Today (a Sunday) I gave up family time and drove a 130 mile round trip to meet with other WomenEd leaders. I was 10% braver (a fabulous hashtag and one to which we can all aspire irrespective of gender)  as I had to drive through Birmingham City…

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Engage, engage | aclerkselbow

Ok. A question for you; and I’ve no idea how many people read this blog so I could be talking to myself. 

I have an image in my mind of a sink plunger on a stick coming at me squeaking ‘engage, engage’. I blame this on a talk I just heard about governance and engaging with leadership and management executives, cosiness, induction and how important it is to have courageous conversations. But you can’t have a conversation if only one person’s listening. So my question is and two fold because as you already know I can’t count. The question is this … HOW do you engage and on WHAT? And since I’m…

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Everybody’s Talking at Me | aclerkselbow

Part 2

In a workshop about risk The Elbow has been made to think about risk but has now got an earworm courtesy of REM though playing Twister and Risk plays havoc with the sciatic nerve. 
A plea from this clerk is this – let’s raise risk up the agenda. In an environment of reducing budgets which of course is a risk in itself surely risk needs to be a regular matter for discussion. What are your key risks and how can you as a Board minimise the risks facing our schools. Speaking as a clerk there are risks if you don’t read the minutes. Some are fairly obvious…like not being able to keep up…

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Everybody’s Talkin at Me | aclerkselbow

Part One… 

Well, here we go with the live blog from The Elbow who’s had her passport stamped and is now in London at the NGA annual conference, no really I’m not shopping. 

The opening speaker tells us to throw ourselves in. What into he wasn’t exactly clear about but most of us governors are often prepared to throw ourselves in and as long as we understand the difference between strategic and operational I’d jump right in if I were you but don’t forget your water wings. 

The next speaker says he’s got the keys to the sweetie shop. Really?! He’s obviously been reading an earlier blog of…

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Engage, engage | aclerkselbow

Ok. A question for you; and I’ve no idea how many people read this blog so I could be talking to myself. 

I have an image in my mind of a sink plunger on a stick coming at me squeaking ‘engage, engage’. I blame this on a talk I just heard about governance and engaging with leadership and management executives, cosiness, induction and how important it is to have courageous conversations. But you can’t have a conversation if only one person’s listening. So my question is and two fold because as you know I can’t count… HOW do you engage and on WHAT? And since I’m thinking about Dr Who – WHO…

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