Everybody’s Talking at Me | aclerkselbow

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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 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 in…

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Everybody’s Talkin At Me | aclerkselbow

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Moving past my shocking admission to the governor sitting next to me that I can’t add up we move to meta-cognition. So we’ll move in from that too… 

A key question the current speaker has asked is – talk me through how we should make it happen. Giving governors the opportunity to think and organise their work in a structured way by talking is a good idea I’m sure we’d all agree. Everything we do should be driven by talk. I quite agree. But… 

A some point in all this talking some one has to make a decision. Another key statement is that everyone has an opinion about teaching and…

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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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No crooks, no cronies, no cowards |

Gillian Allcroft, Deputy Chief Executive, blogs on the importance of the Nolan principles to good governance

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Wading for Beginners | aclerkselbow

Here at Elbow Offices things are ‘afoot‘. Even after recovering from the unintended consequences of a nice period of purdah the Elbow finds herself sinking rapidly under a mountain of minutes.  A veritable cascade at times, a cascade I tell you. On reflection being many ‘hatted’ took rather a toll. There have been times over the past few weeks when it was more purgatory than purdah this wearing of the many hats but still every painful exercise is a pulled muscle and all that. This recent testing experience – involving casting votes, the odd swear word, a few tears and much celebration – has…

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Wading for Beginners | aclerkselbow

Here at Elbow Offices things are ‘afoot’. Even after recovering from the unintended consequences of a nice period of purdah the Elbow finds herself sinking rapidly under a mountain of minutes.  A veritable cascade at times. A cascade I tell you; and on reflection being many hatted took rather a toll. There have been times over the past few weeks when it was more purgatory than purdah this wearing of the many hats but still every painful exercise is a pulled muscle and all that. This recent testing experience – involving casting votes, swearing, tears and much celebration – has made me think…

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Governor Live Review: performing a SWOT analysis of your school | Ian Usher

The final Governor Live event of the 2016-17 academic year – Performing a SWOT analysis of your school – took place on the evening of Thursday the 15th of June.  Christine Bayliss of C:BECS was the guest presenter for this event and, together with Modern Governor’s Ian Usher, led participants in a workshop to help them analyse their own school objectively.

The workshop used anonymised data from a maintained infants school to give governors a worked-through example of how data and information readily-available to governing bodies can be used to support some objective thinking around the area…

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