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And finally… | aclerkselbow

This will be the last Elbow blog of the current academic year. And what a year it was. Better brains than The Elbow will no doubt summarise all the changes and legislation and guidance which has emerged from the depths of DfE Towers and Ofsted Mansions over the past three terms. Importantly though The Governance Handbook is now making sturdy strides into toddlerhood as are it’s siblings and so far so good. Some of the other important guidance remains extant which is great news as this indicates a level of stability. Here’s hoping. However, and there’s ways a however in Elbowland, The Elbow…

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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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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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Matti-ma-tics Matters | aclerkselbow

A bit of silliness has broken out at Elbow Towers. Must be the weather. As you know The Elbow likes words and wonders which of the following eclectic list of words can be used to describe the behaviours on your board and whether there is anything you can do about it.
Dogmatic – stuck in mud (Forest School eh?) – won’t change their ways irrespective of the evidence.
Pragmatic – what-eva, sensible, thoughtful. Fabulous. The Elbow is very fond of common sense which seems to be sadly lacking in society these days don’t you think?
Washomatic – More Wallace and Gromit less money laundering…

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Knitting Fog | aclerkselbow

As the end of term approaches (three weeks and counting – whoop) The Elbow is in a contemplative mood. She wonders how to effectively evaluate the past year. Has she been effective (mind you, have you?), done the stuff she should have done to the best of her ability, done enough of the stuff she enjoyed doing (like writing and volunteering as a governor and trustee) or was paid to do (oh the joys of self employment) or has she just about managed to stay afloat? A pondering is occurring here. Oh yes.

The need to have a performance management conversation with your clerk is really important….

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Eat Ma Words | aclerkselbow

The story goes something like this.

Once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away The Elbow sat nibbling strong cocoa based confectionery and contemplating her feet. The weather had been fine that day although The Elbow had been poleaxed by a migraine and was prostrate upon the chaise longue. The dictionary sat dusty on the shelf and the fountain pen was out ink. The Elbow was in a dilemma you see. There were several sets of minutes to prep and the weight of the world was on her shoulders. The inability to say no syndrome aka curiousity and a thirst for knowledge had finally taken its toll and…

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We’re all going on a clerk hunt… | aclerkselbow

Clerks. You’ve all got one. Well if you haven’t you really should get one pronto though as we discover in this post finding a clerk is not always easy.

Let’s start with who can clerk before we get embroiled in the nuances of what clerking is for. You’d be surprised at the debate that question raises. In a maintained school the regs are quite clear on who can and cannot clerk and one would hope that academies follow the same sort of guidelines. The are though lots of different types of clerk so we’ll have a little quiz to see if you can spot the odd one out. Here goes.

Is your clerk
The…

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