London East Governor and School Support Services

Constitution of governing bodies

Posted: August 16th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

This statutory guidance for school and governing bodies was updated on 14 August 2015.

Statutory guidance is issued by law and must be followed unless there’s a good reason not to.

The document explains the arrangements for the constitution of governing bodies of all local-authority-maintained schools and covers:

  • the description of the different categories of governor
  • how governing bodies are constituted
  • terms of office
  • removal and disqualification of governors
  • instruments of government
  • “all aspects of the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012”

Most of the advice had been included in the edition published in March but extends that on the process of appointing governors and information that must be included on the school website:

Prospective Governors

  • To inform their opinion on whether prospective governors have the skills to contribute to effective governance and the success of the school , governors will need to arrange “an interview or detailed discussion” with each candidate
  • References (oral or written) should be taken “as necessary and appropriate”
  • Where a prospective governor already serves on another governing body the chair should contact the other chair to discuss the individual’s skills and their capacity to be effective on another. DfE believe that only in exceptional circumstances will it be “practical and beneficial” to serve on more than two governing bodies

Publication of Governor’s Details

  • In the interests of transparency governance arrangements should be published on the website. These should be “readily accessible” and on a webpage without the need to download or open a separate document.
  • “Structure and remit of the governing body and any committees and the full names of the chair of each”
  • Include each governor(and associate member) “who has served at any point over the last twelve months”
  • Give full names as well as date of appointment and term of office
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests ( as recorded in the register of interests)
  • Material interests arising from relationships “between governors or between governors and staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives)”
  • Attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over the last academic year

Further information on the application of these requirements is being sought

What is a link Governor?

Posted: August 12th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Useful summary republished by Sheena Lewington (Clerk to Governors) explains different meanings used and roles update from archived DfE advice


The Deregulation Act 2015

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One advice source for governors has highlighted that the Act came into force on 26 March 2015.

and has a number of provisions relating to schools (see pages 47 and 122-124 of the explanatory notes). However, these provisions have not yet come into force. They will come into force on a date to be specified by the secretary of state in a subsequent commencement order.


Once these provisions are in effect, they will:

  • Remove the requirement to set annual targets for educational performance in maintained schools in England
  • Remove the requirement for maintained schools in England to have a statement of behaviour principles
  • Remove the requirement for schools in England and Wales to have a home-school agreement
  • Transfer responsibility for setting term dates in community, voluntary controlled and community special schools and maintained nursery schools in England to school governing bodies
  • Remove the requirement for maintained schools and local authorities in England to have regard to guidance issued by the secretary of state on staffing matters such as recruitment and discipline
  • Remove a number of duties on governing bodies in England relating to providing parents with information on complaints, and to sharing Ofsted reports and reports of religious inspections

Ofsted inspections of England state schools

Posted: May 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

May 2015

This House of Commons Library Research briefing note provides background on Ofsted inspections of state-funded schools, and looks at recent developments in school inspection.

It aims to answer the questions the Library is asked most frequently, including:

  • Does Ofsted inspection contribute to school improvement?
  • How frequent are Ofsted school inspections?
  • How has the way Ofsted inspects schools evolved?
  • What are the consequences of the different Ofsted judgements or grades?
  • What evidence do inspectors look at as part of the inspection process?
  • What are the accountability arrangements for Ofsted?
  • How does a school complain about an inspection?
  • What are the current topical issues around Ofsted inspection?


Let’s Get Cooking

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School can get support for cooking clubs at country’s largest and most vibrant network of cooking clubs.


Schools financial value standard and assurance (SFVS)

Posted: April 19th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Advice issued from Education Funding Agency 25 March with 14 April update


The SFVS helps schools to manage their finances and to provide assurance to the local authority that they have secure financial management in place.


The guidance is primarily aimed governing bodies of maintained and local authorities and includes

  • Assessment form
  • Support notes
  • Additional resources

Two additional questions for governors have been added to March 2015 format:

  • Have your pay decisions been reached in accordance with a pay policy reflecting clear performance criteria?
  • Has the use of professional independent advice informed part of the pay decision process in relation to the headteacher?

Standards for school premises

Posted: March 31st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

DfE advice to help schools understand their obligations in relation to the School Premises Regulations 2012. Updated to reflect changes to information on toilet facilities, fire safety, acoustic school design and area guidelines


Constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools

Posted: March 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

27 March 2015

Updated statutory guidance from DfE is for schools, governing bodies and local authorities. It explains the arrangements for the constitution of governing bodies of all local-authority-maintained schools under current arrangements and covers:

•the description of the different categories of governor

•how governing bodies are to be constituted

•terms of office

•removal and disqualification of governors


Updated information is about terms of office, the publication of information about governors and the publication of a register of interests.


The new requirements are that

  • Governing bodies should publish on their websites information about their members and associate members  and  (from 1 September) their register of interests including other governorships
  • Any GB code of conduct should make this requirement clear
  • The Instrument of government can include provision for those appointing members to a category to determine the length of membership from 1 to 4 years (from 1 September)


    New advice has been added on the range of membership


    16. While it is essential to build a strong and cohesive non-executive team, the most robust governing bodies welcome and thrive on having a sufficiently diverse range of viewpoints, such that open debate leads to good decisions in the interests of the whole school community. Notwithstanding the role of foundation governors in a faith-designated school, governing bodies should be alert to the risk of becoming dominated by one particular mind-set or strand of opinion, whether related to faith or otherwise. Having some members who have no close ties with the school can help ensure that the governing body has sufficient internal challenge to how they carry out their strategic functions.


    A new edition of the Governors Handbook can be expected to include these and any other changes proposed.

Associate members and Staffing

Posted: March 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

From 1 September, new regulations (“Miscellaneous Amendments”) bring the arrangements for new governing bodies and shadow governing bodies into line with the 2012 constitution arrangements. Of more general interest is that the amendments also allow governing bodies to use associate members (i.e. individuals on a committee who are not actually governors) to serve on panels set up to deal with staffing matters (e.g. grievance or disciplinary hearings).


Keeping children safe in education

Posted: March 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

26 March

Updated guidance for headteachers, teachers, education staff and governing bodies  which applies to all schools. It replaces the 2014 guidance.


The Guide sets out what schools and colleges must do to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18.


All staff in schools and colleges should read at least part one of the guidance.–2