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Constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools

Posted: October 10th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Updated statutory guidance setting out the arrangements for the constitution of governing bodies of all local-authority-maintained schools was issued by Department for Education on 7 October 2016,

Link to document

Changes highlighted by DfE include

    • That governing bodies should enable training and development needed and liaise with local authorities.(Main Point F) A footnote highlights that Section 22(b) of the Education Act 2002 provides that the local authority in England shall secure that there is made available to every governors, free of charge, such training as they consider necessary for the effective discharge of those functions (Note the Section is in a part of the Act that refers to maintained school and it is not clear if the free of charge is to the individual or the governing body)
    • In considering training and development needs there should be a focus on “enabling all governors to understand their role and analyse and interpret the data on educational performance of the school” (paragraph 24)
    • also governing bodies should where necessary set aside a budget for governors to access training and development (Paragraph 25)
    • Although not chosen for their skills elected governors (ie parents and staff)should not be expected to be any less effective (Paragraph 29)
    • Confirmation of the news item that school governing bodies must provide and keep up to date certain details they hold, as volunteered by their governors, through EduBase
    • Requirement for governing bodies to apply for an enhance criminal records certificate for any governor not already holding one (Annex C.2)

Other changes from previous versions of the advice (most recently updated in August 2015) include

    • Reference to overlap of content with other advice set out in the Governance Handbook
    • In considering skills they need governing bodies should have regard to the DfE “Competency Framework for Governance” which is expected to be published in autumn 2016
    • Emphasis that it is Regulations that specify appointment should be based on skills and that skills may be taken to include “the knowledge and perspectives that will contribute to good decision making”
    • Reminder that the governing body must operate collectively in the best interests of pupils not on behalf of constituencies
    • That engagement with stakeholders (parent, staff and wider community) is vital but not the same as governance or achieved by having various categories on the governing body. Governing Bodies should assure themselves that appropriate structures and arrangements are in place for community engagement
    • The whole governing body is responsible for understanding what parents think and helping build relationships with employers
    • Advice that all available channels be used to help identify suitable governors, including Inspiring Governance funded by DfE
    • Local Authorities or governing bodies (depending on the category of the school) are now advised they must make all necessary arrangements­ to fill parent vacancies through elections. Annex A.1 (Previously they were advised to make “every reasonable effort” .The Regulations themselves require making necessary arrangements for the election and taking reasonably practicable steps to inform parents and provide the opportunity to participate)
    • “Certain exceptions for overseas offences that do not correlate with a UK offence” do not disqualify from holding office as a governor
    • A new standard clause on Model Instrument to include the date a “consolidated instrument” has been varied and that it must be supplied free to every member and associate member of the governing body (Annex C)

What appear to be minor drafting changes have not been noted


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.–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.

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

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)


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


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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.

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


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 2016–2#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