Guide to Key Changes to the Department of Education Revised Governor Handbook – Published January 2014.

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This month The Department of Education published its revised Governor Handbook. First published in May 2013, the Governor Handbook replaced the Governor Guide to the Law, a guidance document that was solely relevant to maintained schools. The Governor Handbook sets out the functions, core responsibilities and legal requirements for all Governing Bodies as well as […]

Is there still value in DBS checks for School Governors despite Ofsted guidance?

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Ofsted Safeguarding Children guidance states that volunteers within a school need only have a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check if they have regular and unsupervised access to children or young people.  Many Governing Bodies have since taken the decision to cease undertaking DBS checks for governors as within their roles as volunteers they do […]

Is there a pressurised culture in schools, where children are seen as pupils first and individuals second? And what is the Governing Bodies role in creating a child centered ethos.

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 In The Guardian this weekend blogger,  The Secret Teacher wrote of their fears for their Grandson starting school. These fears arise from the Secret Teachers view that there is a pressurised culture in schools, where children are seen as pupils first and individuals second. This culture, the Secret Teacher believes would prevent their Grandson, who […]