London East Governor and School Support Services

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.

 

http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/pupil-premium-update


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.

http://ico.org.uk/for_organisations/sector_guides/education


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

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/supporting-pupils-at-school-with-medical-conditions


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

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/311400/Governors_Handbook_May_2014_FINAL.pdf


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

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/maintained-school-governing-body-constitution-regulation-changes

 

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    

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/constitution-of-governing-bodies-of-maintained-schools


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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/headteacher-performance-effective-management


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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education


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.

link

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-education

 


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


Ofsted School Data Dashboard

Posted: March 7th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

2013 data for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 is available

http://dashboard.ofsted.gov.uk/index.php