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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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Spring term Governor Training programme and governing body agenda papers
14 Jan
The spring term training programme is now available. To book places on any of the sessions please visit my school services. Also attached are the Local Authority agenda papers and Director's Report for discussion at the spring term governing body meeting.
Governor - Dates for the diary
01 Jan
Governors' Forum Thursday 26 March 2020, 6.30pm - Thelwall Junior School Thursday 25 June 2020, 6.30pm - Thelwall Junior School
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

27 Feb
The Governors' Role in Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND)
Governors/trustees will leave the training with an understanding of recent changes in SEND legislation and the requirements on schools, focussing on the following key issues: - The identification of children and young people with SEN and disabilities - Impact of teaching, learning and assessment of children and young people with SEN and disabilities - Effective monitoring of outcomes of children and young people with SEN and disabilities
03 Mar
The Governors Role in Understanding the Quality of Teaching & Learning
The session focuses on the following key areas: - What is Ofsted looking for? - I'm not a teacher, how can I make a judgement about teaching? - How does the governing board know about the quality of teaching, learning and assessment? - Practical approaches to developing governors'/trustees' knowledge and confidence
04 Mar
Governors Role in Safeguarding
Focussing on the following key areas: - The legal context for safeguarding - The difference between safeguarding and child protection - The signs and symptoms of child abuse - The issues in school that can give rise to concerns a child being abused - The responsibilities placed on governors/trustees through legislation, statutory guidance and inspection frameworks - Questions to ask to evaluate safeguarding practices - What contributes to a vigilant culture in schools - Self-assessment of safeguarding policies, procedures and practices
11 Mar
Understanding Assessment and Data (Governors)
This session will support governors to: - Recognise the key changes to assessment across all phases - Understand the range of statutory assessment data that is available (5-18 years) - Appreciate how this information can be used to support school improvement including at key points of transition - Develop confidence in asking the 'right' questions about performance data
12 Mar
Introduction to the Role of Chair (Governors)
Including: - Building and developing the team - Leading the relationship between the board and the executive leaders - Leading effective meetings - Board self-evaluation - The role of lead governors in improving outcomes for children and young people