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From Sprint Starts to Strategy…..

The Young(ish) Governor

olu-eletu-23036Ah… the many roles of being a young (ish) school governor: one minute in position and ready  (trying) to sprint down the school playing field at the annual sports day (the dreaded mums’ race – read to the end  for the result- warning…it’s not pretty!) and then the next sitting in the school staff room for the final full Governing Board meeting of the academic year.

Being a governor takes time, energy and commitment (not to mention in my case, the ‘gentle’ persuasion to enter races!) so I thought I would write this blog- the second instalment of the Young (ish) School Governor to provide you with three things:

  • some insight
  • some lessons I’ve learned along the way, and
  • a little request!
  1. Insight, insight, insight

Whilst I don’t pretend to know what O levels were, and am always the one turning up to meetings with no pen or paper…

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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

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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 sight of the City of London – there might be a bias towards that context and away from secondary and higher education: apologies in advance. And whilst the school is part of a well-known academy chain, my own feeling is that it’s…

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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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