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Updated Governance Handbook and Competency Framework for Governance January 2017

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Important update for all Trustees, Governors and Clerks to Governors. Today the DfE published the long anticipated updated Governance Handbook and following a consultation, a brand new Competency Framework for Governance.  Lord Nash in his foreword makes clear that both documents are of equal relevance to all those involved in the governance of our schools, whatever the […]

Making Governor Monitoring Count

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I often come across governors who spend a lot of time in schools visiting to undertake monitoring visits. This is great, governors should be monitoring but monitoring is pointless if it is not structured and focused. It soon becomes ineffective and a waste of everyones time and energy.   Here are my 5 top tips […]

The Unsung Heroes of Governance

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Sat in a governor meeting this week, I was transfixed for a while by the now rarely seen skill of shorthand being scribed by our clerk. It was truly amazing and such a skill to own, it felt like a secret code. I believe that behind the majority of well performing governing bodies are exceptional […]

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This morning I have spent my time finalising my research proposal and a presentation for my BA Hons degree in leadership and management. My studies have taken me right out of my comfort zone and I am having to adapt to new processes, systems and ways of working. I have often found myself veering towards […]

A Question of Balance

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Yesterday I attended the NGA South West Regional meeting and enjoyed the company of many governor colleagues. This post is inspired by a discussion at that meeting. We were discussing, as a group, the issue of monitoring standards within our schools, specifically this past summers KS2 National Test results. Political opinion aside, the room was […]

Do You Have The Potential?

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  This week is National Volunteers week. I am a big fan of volunteering, I believe that volunteering helps to grow and develop communities and can impact on our own personal and professional development. Did you know that the largest and often most unrecognised group of volunteers in the UK are school governors? There are […]

Governor Skills Audit

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There are many reasons that Governing Bodies choose to undertake a skills audit and may include: Demonstrating their commitment to best practice. Wanting to explore the skills and knowledge base of the governing body, as part of an overall assessment of its effectiveness. A vacancy arising on the governing body. Understanding the current skills set […]

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 […]