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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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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 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-complaints-procedures/best-practice-advice-for-school-complaints-procedures-2019
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Training & Events

03 Jul
Working Together to Safeguard Children
By the end of the course participants will have:- • explored what constitutes significant harm and the process of abuse and be able to recognise signs and symptoms. • Developed and understanding of the current context of working Together to Safeguard Children 2018. • considered their own role and that of different agencies in the safeguarding process and the importance of working together. • Recognised how personal and professional values impact upon practice and families. • Enhanced their understanding of their role in professional challenge – “High Support, High Challenge”.
04 Sep
An introduction to Attachment Level 1
• To provide a basic understanding of Attachment • To consider how poor attachment can impact upon a child’s resilience, and responses • To consider how professionals can adapt their responses to better support children with attachment difficulties
15 Sep
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 2018
15 Sep
Child Protection Conferences
To provide training to relevant staff regarding the implementation of the appropriate sections of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018
24 Sep
Early Help: an introduction
• To explore the Early Help agenda and why we have changed the way in which we work. • To explore how to safeguard children. • To examine the definitions of what constitutes abuse and how it can be identified. • To learn how to report concerns.