Skip to content ↓

Governor News

Here's this week's top news for School Governors in Kirklees. Clicking on each title will take you to the full article on our website. 

 
09-03-2018 02:36 PM GMT
 
One day workshop for senior leaders, teachers, governors and parent support workers with Fiona Carnie.Thursday 26 April 2018, 9.30 – 15.30 – Hilton Sheffield, Victoria Quays, Furnival Road, Sheffield, S4 7YBMore and more schools are understanding the critical importance of working with parents in order to raise outcomes for children and young people.According to Professor John Hattie “the effect of parental engagement over a student’s school career is the equivalent of adding two to three years
 
 
23-03-2018 01:47 PM GMT
 
Thank you to all those who were able to attend the session on Monday and we hope you found it useful.For those who were unable to attend the presentation is available to view here. Saleem Tariq, the Deputy Director for Children's Services was in attendance to speak about the improvement journey the service has been on since last year's OfSTED result and to field questions from governors.The Ten Point Improvement Plan offers more detail on the aims, actions and measures of success of this
23-03-2018 01:33 PM GMT
 
The Learning and Development team are consulting on their GLAD training provision to ensure it meets the needs of school governors.They would like to know of any courses people would like to attend that they don’t currently provide. They would also like to know the preferred mode of training, time and location. The feedback will be considered when developing the course programme from September 2018.At the Governor Briefing on the 19 March a feedback document was shared with governors in
23-03-2018 01:20 PM GMT
 
Please see the below notes for the Education and Learning Partnership Board held on February 28, 2018.Education Improvement CommitteeResponses to the following Consultations had been discussed and approved for submission: Early education and childcare workforce: level 2 qualifications Keeping children safe in education: proposed revisions Mental Health Green Paper Strengthening QTS ConsultationA draft response has been prepared. ELPB members have been asked to provide their views by March 7
23-03-2018 01:17 PM GMT
 
Please note the latest schedule for governor training currently available from April through to July 2018.Further details and booking options can be found here.Whilst this is all the training currently on the system, the Learning and Development Team are constantly responding to demand and creating new courses accordingly. We will update you if this is the case. Governors can also access a comprehensive range of courses via the National Governance Association Learning Link, available to schools
23-03-2018 01:09 PM GMT
 
‘Mentally Healthy Schools’ is a free and easy to use website which features evidence-based practical resources to “improve awareness, knowledge and confidence in promoting and supporting pupils’ mental health”.The website is a legacy project of the Heads Together mental health campaign which brings together The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry with charity partners including the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, Place2be and Young
23-03-2018 01:07 PM GMT
 
The government has published a green paper outlining how it intends to deliver its vision for “building strong integrated communities”. The green paper proposes to support schools to improve educational outcomes and increase diversity and community cohesion in the following ways: supporting schools to increase diversity by publishing a range of model admission arrangements which include criteria for wider catchment areas to capture more diverse communities requiring all applicants looking to set
23-03-2018 01:04 PM GMT
 
Last Tuesday afternoon, the government defeated an attempt to block proposed changes to free school meal eligibility under universal credit. 312 votes were cast against the motion by Conservative and DUP MPs, compared to 254 in favour by Labour, Liberal Democrat and SNP representatives.The vote means that new free school meal eligibility will come into force from 1 April this year.
23-03-2018 01:02 PM GMT
 
The Department for Education (DfE) launched the workload challenge in October 2014, starting with a month long survey asking for teachers’ views on how to reduce unnecessary workload. GOV.UK lists the various actions and initiatives that have been undertaken since the workload challenge was launched. The list includes the following reports published this week: Workload challenge research projects: overall summary - this report provides an overview of the findings from 12 school led research
23-03-2018 12:57 PM GMT
 
This week, findings from the annual teacher voice omnibus survey have been released. The NFER sampled 1962 teachers across 1619 schools, equal to roughly 8% of the total teaching population in England. With 34 questions submitted by the Department for Education (DfE) to be included in the survey, this year’s survey focused on “teacher workload, poor behaviour and attendance, alternative provision, mental health, pupil premium and the new GCSEs”.Some of the key highlights from the survey are:
23-03-2018 12:55 PM GMT
 
The Education Policy Institute has today published a new report into School Funding Pressures in England examining the latest trends in local authority maintained school balances, and assessing whether all schools will be able to meet cost pressures over the next two years, following recent government reforms to funding.On trends in school balances, the report finds that: over four years, the overall proportion of local authority maintained secondary schools in deficit “nearly trebled from 8.8
23-03-2018 12:52 PM GMT
 
The Department for Education (DfE) has announced a review to better understand the inequalities surrounding the school exclusion system. The review will look at challenges faced by the children most likely to be excluded from school including those with special educational needs, as well as building on evidence showing children who receive an education in alternative provision settings, are “less likely to be in education, employment or training post 16”. The review, led by Edward Timpson MP,
23-03-2018 12:49 PM GMT
 
Speaking to the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) conference on Saturday 10 March, Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman covered a wide range of issues relating to inspection and Ofsted’s role in tackling unnecessary teacher workload. Since taking up the post early last year, the Chief Inspector has placed increased emphasis on the substance of what is taught in schools. In her speech, she acknowledged that Ofsted has not put enough emphasis on curriculum in the past and argued
23-03-2018 12:47 PM GMT
 
Last week, the secretary of state for education Damian Hinds MP delivered a speech to school leaders at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) conference in Birmingham. Mr Hinds announced his commitment to develop an overall strategy to tackle teacher recruitment and retention, acknowledging that “employment and retention are difficult for schools – and it is not getting easier”.The strategy will focus on teacher workload, professional development, career progression and flexible