London East Governor and School Support Services

Keeping children safe in education – 5 September

Posted: September 12th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Updated 5 September include changes to information for all staff (part 1) and the management of safeguarding (part 2). Annex H provides a table of all changes.

Statutory guidance sets out what schools must do to comply with the law. You should follow the guidance unless you have a very good reason not to.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education–2?mc_cid=485ddf377f&mc_eid=66755fbfef

 


Primary School Accountability

Posted: September 3rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

A DfE guide explains more about the primary accountability measures for 2016 including how a school’s progress scores are calculated. Schools receive their own provisional progress scores from 1 September. The annex to this guidance provides the provisional national distribution of schools’ progress scores to help schools interpret and contextualise their own provisional scores.

No school will be confirmed as being below the floor until December 2016 when schools’ performance tables are published. Further statistical information on primary progress scores, including the number and percentage of schools below the floor in 2016, will be available on GOV.UK when revised data is published from December 2016.

 

www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/549568/Primary_school_accountability_in_2016.pdf


National Database for Governors

Posted: September 3rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

In July DfE announced in a press notice that maintained schools are to be required to add governor details to EduBase (the national database of school details) This is in addition to publishing details on the school website and will include some public and some confidential details. The requirement emerged following investigations into the Birmingham Trojan Horse allegations

 

Under Section 538 of the Education Act 1996 the governing body of every school which is maintained by a local education authority is required to provide information that the Secretary of State requests. The Governing Body will therefore need to delegate the collection and uploading of information through the secure access arrangements within the school

 

Information about governors to be collected in EduBase and made publicly available is:

  • full name (including title)
  • appointing body (eg board, foundation, parents etc)
  • date of appointment
  • date term of office ends / ended if in last year
  • whether they are the chair of governors or a member of the governing body,

 

In addition, DfE will collect within EduBase, but not publish, a range of information to help identify specific individuals:

  • postcode
  • date of birth
  • previous names
  • nationality
  • direct email address for the chair

 

This governance data that is not publically available will be encrypted within the system and access will be restricted to a small number of users who need it to fulfil their official responsibilities. Governors should be advised that this information will be shared with DfE, why the information is being collected and the purpose to which it will be used.

 

GovernorLine have separately advised that details of full and any previous names are as in a DBS application and the same verification evidence (including for date of birth and nationality) will be acceptable. It is not known when details of this additional reporting will be included in an updated Governance Handbook

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/national-database-of-governors


School Inspection Handbook – updated August 2016

Posted: September 3rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

The clarifications to existing Ofsted requirements in the latest version of the handbook include the addition of inspectors having consideration for governors’ development in their role as part of the effectiveness of school leadership.

 

“In making this judgement in schools, inspectors will consider

…the effectiveness of governors in discharging their core statutory functions and how committed they are to their own development as governors in order to improve their performance” (para 141, bullet 15)

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-inspection-handbook-from-september-2015


GovernorLine

Posted: September 3rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Free, confidential advice, information and support to School Governors, clerks and individuals involved directly in the governance of maintained schools, academies and free schools in England is now available from 09.00 – 20.00 on Monday to Friday on 0800 151 2410 or by email to governorline@entrust-ed.co.uk

 

Entrust is the joint venture company between Staffordshire County Council and Capita to provide education support services


Governance in the academies age

Posted: September 3rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

A detailed and thoughtful review (link) of some of the consequences of all schools being academies looks at three inter-related consequences of the proposed reforms:

  • the relocation of power at a different, less local place in the educational infrastructure;
  • the potential loss of expertise to the education system that is currently voluntarily-gifted to it;
  • the rise of managed headship.

https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/rsa-blogs/2016/07/governance-in-the-academies-age-a-loss-of-power-participation-and-autonomy


STPCD – updated

Posted: September 3rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

The Department for Education (DfE) published the 2016 version of the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) on 10 August. The guidance came into effect from 1 September and replaces the 2015 STPCD and follows the publication of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) report in July.

Statutory guidance on pay and conditions for teachers in England and Wales is published on the DfE website

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-teachers-pay-and-conditions-2016

 


Keeping children safe in education -September update

Posted: September 3rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

This  updated guidance is for governing bodies as well as headteachers, teachers and education. It is dated 5 September 2016 for information only. Until 5 September 2016, schools and colleges must continue to use the current statutory guidance dated July 2015

Detailed list of changes are identified in an annex to the document including expectation of further updates (on children missing from education and child sexual exploitation) that had been expected before September 2016

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education–2#history


Teachers Pay

Posted: July 7th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

 

Secretary of State announced on 6 July that she was supporting the recommendation for a 1% uplift and consultation on the increased maxima and minima payable from 1 September would be completed in early august. She did not say anything about the review body’s comment that if pressure on recruitment and retention continues a higher pay rise will be needed before 2020


Governor details on Edubase

Posted: July 5th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

 

A DfE press release on 1 July announced the forthcoming requirement for schools to add governor details to Edubase . They outlined the details to be added (some of which would not be public) and that the Chairs email address would be passed to the Regional School Commissioner

The news release said

“Under section Under section 538 of the Education Act 1996*   , maintained school governing bodies will be under a duty to provide the information required on Edubase from September 2016, and keep it up to date as those involved in governance change. We do not hold information on maintained school governors and so cannot pre-populate these fields. The fields are already live for governing bodies that wish to populate them in advance of the duty coming into force in September. We will update the Governance handbook on the constitution of maintained schools governing bodies to reflect this new requirement.

 

Information to be collected

 

For all maintained school governors, and academy trustees, members and local governors, the data we will collect in Edubase and make publicly available is:

  • full name (including title)
  • appointing body (eg board, foundation, parents etc)
  • date of appointment
  • date term of office ends / ended if in last year
  • for maintained schools whether they are the chair of governors or a member of the governing body, and for academies whether they are a trust member, a trustee, the chair of trustees, or a local governor on a local governing body

 

In addition, for all these individuals we will collect within Edubase, but not publish, a range of information to help us to identify specific individuals:

  • postcode
  • date of birth
  • previous names
  • nationality
  • direct email address for chair

 

This governance data that is not publically available will be encrypted within the system and access will be restricted to a small number of users who need it to fulfil their official responsibilities. The email address of the chair of the board will be made available to regional schools commissioner offices on request where they need direct contact with the chair. Subject to successful pilots, we will also use the email address to send to chairs information about the issues that national performance data suggests the board needs to address with its senior leadership team.

 

When collecting information from your governors and trustees please make them aware that you will be sharing this information with DfE, and also explain the reasons why the information is being collected and the purpose to which it will be used., maintained school governing bodies will be under a duty to provide the information required on Edubase from September 2016, and keep it up to date as those involved in governance change. We do not hold information on maintained school governors and so cannot pre-populate these fields. The fields are already live for governing bodies that wish to populate them in advance of the duty coming into force in September. We will update the Governance handbook on the constitution of maintained schools governing bodies to reflect this new requirement.

Information to be collected

For all maintained school governors, and academy trustees, members and local governors, the data we will collect in Edubase and make publicly available is:

  • full name (including title)
  • appointing body (eg board, foundation, parents etc)
  • date of appointment
  • date term of office ends / ended if in last year
  • for maintained schools whether they are the chair of governors or a member of the governing body, and for academies whether they are a trust member, a trustee, the chair of trustees, or a local governor on a local governing body

In addition, for all these individuals we will collect within Edubase, but not publish, a range of information to help us to identify specific individuals:

  • postcode
  • date of birth
  • previous names
  • nationality
  • direct email address for chair

 

This governance data that is not publically available will be encrypted within the system and access will be restricted to a small number of users who need it to fulfil their official responsibilities. The email address of the chair of the board will be made available to regional schools commissioner offices on request where they need direct contact with the chair. Subject to successful pilots, we will also use the email address to send to chairs information about the issues that national performance data suggests the board needs to address with its senior leadership team.”

 

Schools have been advised that “ When collecting information from your governors and trustees please make them aware that you will be sharing this information with DfE, and also explain the reasons why the information is being collected and the purpose to which it will be used.”

* s. 538 Provision of information to Secretary of State by governing bodies of maintained schools

The governing body or temporary governing body of a community, foundation or voluntary school or a community or foundation special school shall make such reports and returns, and give such information, to the Secretary of State as he may require for the purpose of the exercise of his functions in relation to education.