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
Let parents know which…

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There are times… | aclerkselbow

Rant warning…smallish one as The Elbow generally cba’d but some things need to be said so say them The Elbow shall…

Ranty bit first. Every one on the Board needs to have read, to a greater or lesser extent, the following and being a volunteer is not an excuse. In now particular order we have;

The Governance Handbook and it’s sibling document the delightfully named Competency Framework. Oh yes.

Keeping Children Safe in Education and it’s sibling document Working Together to Keep Children Safe.

The SEN Code of Practice. What’s that? You’re not the SEN governor? Neither is The Elbow but…

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Informing governors about Ofsted inspection matters | governingmatters

Education, like other fields, has its fair share of myths. One of the persistent myths concerns the role of governors during an Ofsted inspection. Shena Lewington had first raised the matter of governors meeting inspectors, being able to attend the feedback meeting and seeing the draft report. Sean Harford, Ofsted’s National Director, Education, to his credit, has tried to bust the myth that not all governors can meet inspectors, attend the feedback or see the draft report again and again. This myth, however, refuses to die! This is why I am very happy to see this addressed again in the July…

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Question Time | aclerkselbow

No, not that irritating programme that makes you shout at the telly but hold on tight …it’s another Agony Elbow blog.

Here goes.

Dear Elbow,

I’m a member of SLT. I’m struggling with the aftermath of an ofsted inspection. We had all the evidence, we knew the school context – it’s challenges, it’s vulnerabilities, it’s successes. But. We feel as though whatever we said was batted back. Our evidence was not a pile of excuses. It was a pragmatic and honest appraisal of our situation. We know what we need to do to get pupils to be ready to learn, the mountains they must climb, the traumas…

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Informing governors about Ofsted inspection matters | governingmatters

Education, like other fields, has its fair share of myths. One of the persistent myths concerns the role of governors during an Ofsted inspection. Shena Lewington had first raised the matter of governors meeting inspectors, being able to attend the feedback meeting and seeing the draft report. Sean Harford, Ofsted’s National Director, Education, to his credit, has tried to bust the myth that not all governors can meet inspectors, attend the feedback or see the draft report again and again. This myth, however, refuses to die! This is why I am very happy to see this addressed again in the July…

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Guest blog: Special Educational Needs and Disability – the big question |

I hope the presence of Damian Hinds and his Labour counterpart,  Angela Rayner, at NGA’s recent conference will put to bed any suggestion that governors and trustees are not worth their salt. Yet, even I was surprised to hear their calls for better governor learning and development, especially in relation to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). In my experience such calls are long overdue. Fortunately for us at Driver Youth Trust this could not come at a better time as we prepared to launch a brand-new resource for governors; the SEND Governance Review Guide.

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Governance matters at Festival of Education Part 1 | governingmatters

I attended the Festival of Education held at Wellington College on 21st and 22nd June 2018. The fact that there were sessions related to governance was greatly appreciated by everyone who has an interest in school governance. We even got a mention when Julian Thomas, Master of Wellington College addressed the speakers at the end of day one!

Below are the notes I made during the governance related sessions. In order to keep the blog to a reasonable length, the blog will be in two parts. I hope they will be of some use and you will think of putting in a proposal yourself next year or just…

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