London East Governor and School Support Services

Birmingham schools and governors

Posted: July 30th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

One of the reports into allegations concerning Birmingham schools arising from the ‘Trojan Horse’ letter is by Peter Clarke (July 2014) and includes recommendations affecting school governors. The government has yet to respond in detail or come forward with specific proposals covering



2. The Department for Education should ensure that the governing body of every school extends the responsibilities of the teacher designated Child Protection Officer to include Prevent within his/her role. …….


8. The Department for Education should consider the benefits of requiring academies to notify changes in the governing body to the Department, along with stronger powers for the Secretary of State to bar an individual from taking part in the management of any type of school (including maintained schools and academies).


11. The Department for Education should review guidance on governor appointments to make clear the expectations of the role, including: the difference between setting the strategic direction and running the school; and the skills and expertise required, and what appropriate training to improve these skills should look like. The Department should also consider the benefits of an accreditation scheme for governor training providers.


12. Unless there are genuinely exceptional circumstances, there should be a presumption that an individual will only be a governor at a maximum of two schools at any one time. All local authorities and multi-academy trusts should review their current governor arrangements, and where they identify an individual holding multiple positions they should consider the appropriate steps to ensure that a wider range of people are able to hold governor positions and that no single individual has undue influence over a number of schools.


13. All schools should include details on their website of their governing body. This should include the full name of the individuals, along with any committees they attend; the method of appointment (eg whether a local authority appointment or an elected parent governor); and the expected period of the appointment, in order to promote transparency over the running of schools.


14. The Department for Education should consider whether there is a case for preventing certain individuals from being involved in the management of schools.

The pupil premium: an update

Posted: July 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

16 Jul 2014 Ofsted

The Ofsted report provides an update on the progress schools have made in using their pupil premium funding to raise achievement for pupils eligible for free school meals. It is based on evidence from 151 inspections carried out between January and December 2013, text review of 1,600 school inspection reports published between September 2013 and March 2014, and national performance data for 2013.

In the 86 good and outstanding schools considered in the report , governing bodies are taking strategic responsibility for ensuring the pupil premium funding improves the teaching and support for eligible pupils.

Data protection and Freedom of Information

Posted: June 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Good information handling provides a range of benefits as well as helping you to comply with the Data Protection and Freedom of Information Acts.

ICO information rights checklist lists (Education) on the benefits and risks, along with practical suggestions for how to be open and responsible. And it shows you how to get it right first time.

Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions

Posted: June 8th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

On 1 September 2014 a new duty will come into force for governing bodies to make arrangements to support pupils at school with medical conditions. They

must ensure that arrangements are in place in schools to support pupils at school with medical conditions.

should ensure that school leaders consult health and social care professionals, pupils and parents to ensure that the needs of children with medical conditions are effectively supported.

Further guidance

Handbook Updated

Posted: May 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

An updated Governors Handbook (May 2014) has been published. A summary of changes is included on page 114

Governing Body Constitution

Posted: May 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

DfE have published the government response to the consultation on changes to the regulations and guidance that govern the constitution of maintained school governing bodies. They report that responses were overall favourable and that, in most cases, they will proceed with changes as planned


New Statutory Guidance of the constitution of Governing Bodies has been published. Once the Regulations have been laid before Parliament all governing bodies will be require to be constituted under the 2012 Regulations by 1 September 2015 and  guidance explains the arrangements

The guidance covers:

•the description of the different categories of governor

•how governing bodies are to be constituted

•terms of office

•removal and disqualification of governors

•instruments of government

•all aspects of the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012

Research on headteachers’ performance management

Posted: May 5th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

National College for Teaching and Leadership has released a commissioned research report on effective performance management of headteachers. The report brief is designed to be read and used by governors, and contains a good summary of the process of performance management and suggestions of good practice.

Link to report

The researchers have identified ten characteristics of effective HTPM

1. is integrated with the school development plan and the performance management of all staff

2. has a secure annual cycle of setting and reviewing objectives, together with interim monitoring

3. is underpinned by sound relationships, characterised by openness, trust and integrity, among all those involved

4. involves the setting of meaningful and challenging but achievable objectives for the headteacher

5. strikes an appropriate balance among internal and external accountability, development and reward

6. makes use of evidence from a range of sources to inform decision-making

7. is evaluated and adapted over time to meet evolving requirements of individual circumstances and shifting school needs within a dynamic context of governance

8. is appropriate for the stage of development of the school and the HT

9. is viewed as part of an on-going and wider process of working with the headteacher and all staff to ensure high levels of performance

10. is integral to the development of overall governing body capacity to meet the needs of the school.

Keeping Children Safe

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

New Statutory Guidance for Governor and others contains information on what schools and colleges should do and sets out the legal duties with which schools and colleges must comply.

Department for Education information moving

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

The Department for Education (DfE) is now publishing its information on the GOV.UK website. Most content from the DfE website has been moved to GOV.UK. However, the DfE has confirmed that not all documents are being transferred.



Pupils with medical conditions

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

In September 2014 a new duty will be introduced for governing bodies to make arrangements to support pupils at school with medical conditions. Statutory and non-statutory guidance will be issued