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Governor Support Services
Providing comprehensive support for Clerking, Training and Development for governing bodies of schools and academies
The Governor Services Team assists governors and leaders to fulfil their legal responsibilities, to effectively lead and manage their schools/academies and develop their skills and knowledge to suppor...

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Local Authority governing body autumn reports
17 Sep
Please note the Director's Briefing to governors has been cancelled for this academic year. The Local Authority papers for consideration at the autumn term governing body meetings are: * SACRE * Children Missing Education * Support for Refugee and Asylum seeker children and families * Report of the Executive Director of Families and Wellbeing
Updated Complaints Procedure 2019
08 Jul
All maintained schools are required to have regard to the ‘best practice complaints guidance’ published by the Department for Education in March 2019. The key features of the new guidance are: a new model policy for addressing serial and unreasonable complaints; a reduction in the number of formal stages in a complaints procedure to two: an investigation by the headteacher (or by the chair of governors where the complaint is about the headteacher), and then a hearing by the governors’ complaints panel; explicit advice that complainants should not be accompanied at hearings by solicitors, and that governors do not need to give permission for proceedings to be recorded; explicit advice that, where governors from a school have too much knowledge of a complaint to give it a fair hearing, ‘suitably skilled and/or experienced’ governors from another school can be appointed to the complaints panel. The local authority’s model complaints procedure has been updated to reflect the changes and this is recommended for adoption by all maintained schools. It is a statutory requirement that the procedure is then made available on-line, on the school’s own website if it has one. Schools should make the procedure as easily accessible as possible and must publicise the fact that it has been updated. It is essential that each school adds its own name and logo, along with the date of adoption by the governing body, to the procedure prior to uploading it to the website. Academies may wish to use the new model procedure and / or the DfE guidance to review their own procedures. They are reminded of the additional statutory requirement for academies that where there is a panel hearing in relation to a complaint one panel member must be independent of the management and running of the academy. Sources of Further Information
Governor - Dates for the diary
30 Apr
Governors' Forum Thursday 13 June 2019, 6.30pm - Woolston Neighbourhood Hub Executive Directors Briefing Thursday 26 September 2019, 6pm - Orford Jubilee Hub Thursday 16 January 2020, 6pm - Orford Jubilee Hub Thursday 23 April 2020, 6pm - Orford Jubilee Hub
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Training & Events

23 Oct
Understanding The Curriculum (Governors)
The session covers the following key areas: - The national curriculum and other curriculum requirements - The link between the school's vision and ethos and its curriculum - The role of the board and the role of school leaders in setting the curriculum - Key questions for governors/trustees to ask
12 Nov
Emotionally Healthy Schools (Governors)
Covering the following key areas: - mental health facts and figures - the impact of stress - recent guidelines from government - developing an emotionally healthy school community - healthy ways of coping
20 Nov
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) and Managing Allegations
To provide training to relevant staff regarding the implementation of the appropriate sections of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015
20 Nov
Child Protection Conferences
To provide training to relevant staff regarding the implementation of the appropriate sections of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015
22 Nov
Presenting Evidence in Court
Participants will :- • Be familiar with the court process and their role within this. • Understand the parameters of the Revised Public Law Outline and locally the impact of the Cheshire and Merseyside Pre Proceedings Protocol upon their role in potential public law proceedings. • Be aware of strategies that will assist in them being confident at court so that they can give evidence to the required standard.