2013 data for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 is available
February 2014 update from DfE (now also included as link in Governor’s Handbook) include changes
Changes from the previous version
In this February 2014 version of the advice the following changes have been made:
Teachers’ pay – Revised pay progression arrangements came into force with effect from September 2013 – Updated link provided to the new legislation
Premises management – New link provided to DfE asbestos management advice.
Child Protection – Approval: Governing bodies of maintained schools free to delegate to a committee of the governing body, an individual governor or the head teacher
The Secretary of Secretary of State has accepted all the key recommendations in the School Teachers’ Review Body’s 23rd report
DfE publication summarises, for schools and local authorities, the conditions for receiving the pupil premium grant for the 2014 to 2015 academic year
This advice is non-statutory advice from DfE , to help recipients understand their obligations and duties in relation to the School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013 (“the regulations”) as amended
The regulations and this advice apply to the governing bodies and school leaders of maintained schools and of federations of maintained schools and the management committees of pupil referral units in England..
The ‘board of governors’ should operate at a strategic level, leaving the headteacher and senior school leaders responsible and accountable to it for the operational day-to-day running of the school.
The board should avoid its time being consumed with issues of secondary importance, and focus strongly on 3 core functions:
• setting the vision and strategic direction of school
• holding the headteacher to account for its educational performance
• ensuring financial resources are well spent
Governors need a robust process and framework for setting priorities, creating accountability and monitoring progress.
It is good practice for the board to review its own performance regularly and publish an annual statement to explain how it has fulfilled its responsibilities.
Boards should develop and maintain a scheme of delegation to define explicitly at which level each of its functions will be exercised. It is crucial that the board as a whole retains oversight of the core functions.
The chair has a vital role in keeping the board focused on its core functions, and in ensuring it operates effectively, including through the active contribution of all its members.
High-quality professional clerking is crucial to the effective functioning of the board.
Members of the board and its committees must be present in a meeting to vote, but they may be present ‘virtually’, for example by telephone or video conference.
DfE consultation sets out proposed changes to the regulations and guidance that govern the constitution of governing bodies in maintained schools and federations of maintained schools in England . The Closing Date is Friday 14 March 2014
The intention is to then lay amendments to regulations in the spring of 2014 to come into force on 1 September 2014
London has seen a rise in the quality of its schools again and overall inspection outcomes were the best in the country.
Governor Dashboard E-Learning modules are now available
The FFT Governor Dashboard helps school governors hold schools to account, support and challenge the leadership team and make more informed strategic decisions. It provides governors with clear information about: Summary school performance: analysis of the main school performance indicators including attainment (pupil results), achievement (pupil progress) and a summary of strengths and weaknesses
Subjects: an analysis of pupil progress in core subjects (primary) and GCSE subjects (secondary)
Pupil groups: a simple chart showing the progress made by different pupil groups over 3 years including pupil premium pupils.
School context: a breakdown of school cohort by pupil groups (school and national);
Attendance: an analysis of absence (by pupil groups) and attendance (by year group).
The CBI has published a report that argues that much more is needed to strengthen leadership and governance to deliver a world-class schools system, including an expansion of the right to time off for governors’ duties to be extended to academies and free schools.
The report calls for:
• A new focus on school governance, as better school governors are the key to making school reform work. The CBI strongly backs devolving powers to head teachers
• As a sign of how important businesses think governors are, the CBI calls for the right to time off for governors duties to be extended to academies and free schools
• There should be no increase in local authority control – this would be a retrograde step from empowering heads
• We must create a culture of continuous professional development in schools – that’s why a Royal College of Teaching is a good idea
• Schools, governing bodies and businesses should recognise the value of school leaders having greater industry experience – encouraging more interchange between schools and industry
• Ensuring the frameworks and structures are in place to support and create greater accountability – including a renewed focus on governing bodies
Education Act 1996 sets out the law on charging for school activities in schools maintained by local authorities in England. This advice has been written to provide at-a-glance information and complements the information given in section 7.5 of the Governors Handbook.
- school governing bodies and local authorities, subject to the limited exceptions referred to in this advice, cannot charge for education provided during school hours (including the supply of any materials, books, instruments or other equipment).
- schools must ensure that they inform parents on low incomes and in receipt of the benefits listed on page 9 of this document of the support available to them when being asked for contributions towards the cost of school visits.