London Governors' Newsletter - Autumn 2019 Half Term Update
The London Governors' Newsletter has been commissioned by London Coordinators of Governor Services (LCOGS) to provide our governors with a summary of recent national developments.
The Autumn 2019 Half Term Update is now available to download and includes information about:
- Ofsted Updates
- Academy Updates
- Department for Education Guidance and Policy Update
- Assessment Information
- News in Brief, including school funding, teachers' pay, school improvement support, teacher wellbeing and workload, primary sports premium funding, exclusions and healthy schools
I hope you find it informative and useful.
Guidance on completion of the Register of Interests
“Governors should be mindful that in exercising governing body functions, and as required in maintained schools by legislation, they must act with integrity, objectivity and honesty and in the best interests of the school; and be open about the decisions they make and the actions they take and be prepared to explain their decisions and actions to interested parties” – DfE Governance Handbook, March 2019.
The School Finance (England) Regulations 2012 require that all maintained school governing bodies set up a register of interests, and ensure that it is updated regularly. Academy funding agreements have similar requirements.
The register should include entries by all governors/trustees or equivalents, the Headteacher/Principal and any associate member. It is also good practice to include entries from other members of staff who can influence purchasing and/or contracting decisions. An individual entry should record any relevant business and/or personal interests, including governance roles in other educational institutions and any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives/connections). The register is an important safeguard for individual governors – if a governor has no such interests a “nil” entry should still be recorded.
You can download more detailed guidance on completion of entries for the Register under "Downloads" to the right of this article.
A model Register of Interests proforma is available here: http://www.lambethgovernorservices.co.uk/Article/21806
Lambeth Schools Partnership Working Together Report - Autumn 2019
"Lambeth Schools Partnership Working Together" is the Director, Education and Learning's termly report to LSP school governors and headteachers, which is published three times a year, at the beginning of terms 1, 3 and 5.
Its main purpose is to provide a clear and concise briefing for governors and headteachers on national and local issues and their duties and responsibilities.
Included are important recommendations for governing boards to consider this term regarding:
Governing Board development
Subscriptions to the Lambeth Governors Forum for 2019/20
Proposed school term and holiday dates for 2021/22, 2022/23 and 2023/24.
School Profiles and Contextual Reports
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), Emotional Health and Wellbeing (EHWB) and Healthy Schools London
There is a summary of the recommendations on page 7.
Lambeth Schools Partnership Governors' Working Together Event - Presentations etc
Lambeth Schools Partnership Governors' Working Together Event - Thursday 26 September 2019
The Lambeth Schools Partnership comprises the Local Authority, schools, academies and other education settings working together to accelerate school improvement across the borough and to provide professional challenge and support. It co-ordinates, signposts and brokers a range of training and traded support services available via Lambeth School Services, Teaching Schools and Clusters.
LSP Governors' Working Together Events are held three times a year, a few days after the equivalent events for headteachers. There is a presentation from Lambeth's Director of Education and Learning, Cathy Twist, about national and local developments and matters of interest, with other LA officers also contributing, as appropriate. The Lambeth Governors' Forum always has a slot and there are opportunities for discussion and to ask questions.
At this term's event governors heard from:
Betsy Nelson, the LA's Behaviour and Inclusion Adviser, about support for schools when dealing with the inclusion of vulnerable pupils, including Lambeth's new Fair Access Protocol
If you want to take it for yourself, this is the unconscious bias test that Betsy spoke about in her presentation: The Harvard Unconscious Bias Online Test.
Clare Dudman, Assistant Director, School Quality Assurance and Partnerships provided an introduction to the new Ofsted Inspection Framework, including on the ground experience from a Lambeth school recently inspected under the new framework.
Cathy Twist, Director, Education and Learning, provided an update on national and local developments and on the developments within the Lambeth Schools Partnership and its working groups.
All the presentations and the agenda are available to download above.
If you have any difficulties accessing the documents please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
London Governors' Newsletter - Autumn 2019
The London Governors' Newsletter has been commissioned by London Coordinators of Governor Services (LCOGS) to provide governors across the city with a summary of recent national developments.
The Autumn 2019 edition is now available to download and includes information about:
New Ofsted Inspection Framework
Department for Education Guidance and Policy Update
News in Brief
I hope you find it informative and useful.