The DfE will publish an updated version of the Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance document on 2nd September 2019.
Recruiting new Governors or Trustees
We all know, just like recruiting teachers, it’s a real challenge to find new governors for a school. Pressures of work and life, in general, have made it increasingly difficult to recruit for the role,
SEND guide for link governors
A quick guide for SEND Link governors on useful questions to consider when meeting with your schools SENCo and monitoring activity.
Governor vs Trustee vs Member?
Understanding the differences between the three key roles within a MAT – Governor, Trustee and Member.
Questions for new Governors to ask
We all know that when someone is new to school governance it can be a daunting time attending the first few meetings and often the concern is if you can add value from the start. Here are some questions you could ask …
SEND Jargon Buster for Governors
A glossary of the key terms you are likely to encounter when discussing SEND. Hopefully they help get you started.
E-safety in schools
Al Kingsley talks keeping pupils safe online
Whose job is it to keep children safe online? Where do the responsibilities begin and end for the school?
S.O.A.P Summary for Governors and Trustees.
No it’s not an opportunity to “clean things up”, S.O.A.P is a school on a page summary that gives leaders a clear oversight on all key data and a handy reference point over time.
Understanding school finance
Sometimes the complexities of schools finance can be a real challenge for governors and trustees to understand. This is a simple visual summary of the key bits you need to know.
Making sure your school website is Oftsed compliant
Keeping your school website compliant with the latest requirements can be hard work, but its something that has to be done, both to meet Ofsted guidelines, ensure parental access …..
An effective Skills audit for Governors
It’s one of the staple items that every governing body or trust board should undertake annually as its the only way to generate an effective plan of training for the year ahead around those topics your governors feel less secure with.
Keeping Children Safe in Education – your checklist
The Department of Education’s (DfE) 2018 update includes interesting additions for governors, heads and academy proprietors. The amendments can be grouped under the banners of technology, training and governance.
Back to school: a governing body checklist
With all the focus on recent exam results and new staff arrivals, it’s easy to forget that it’s the start of a new school year for Governors too.
14 steps for GDPR compliance
GDPR arrived in May of this year so we have had a good few months to ensure our central record is being maintained, staff trained and reporting is effective. If you are late to the party here is a copy of my guide.
Key updates to statutory guidance (KCSIE 2018)
The Department for Education has revised the guidance Keeping children safe in education: statutory guidance for schools and colleges, after its consultation period.