GOVAS works closely with the Stockport Children and Young People Directorate, but we are a fully independent association of governors affiliated to the equally independent National Governors Association. Every governor in Stockport is automatically a GOVAS member (as long as your institution pays their subscriptionof £10.00 PA)and our Management Committee is made up exclusively of serving volunteer governors in Stockport’s schools – nursery, primary secondary and special. Our biggest strength is our links with all the school governors in Stockport through our newsletter, special communications, and this website.
Nomination formBookings are now being taken for the GOVAS AGM on MONDAY 9th JULY from 6- 8 pm. The venue will once again be Priestnall School, Priestnall Road, Heaton Mersey, Stockport SK4 3HP, with refreshments and a light buffet available from 5.30 pm. (PLEASE NOTE THE MEETING IS IN CAFE MERSEY), and access is via Priestnall Road, next to the leisure centre, with car parking available in the leisure centre car park just further on from the main school entrance. Please note -there is NO parking or event access via the school main entrance
All GOVAS members (all Governors in Stockport) are eligible to attend but to enable us to make arrangements with the venue, booking is essential. To make a booking for this event please click here - You can register by clicking here.
The agenda for the evening is available here. -TBA
Nomination forms for Vacancies on the GOVAS committee are available here -Document is available -click here-
Our guest speaker is Anne Seneviratne, who is a Her Majesty's Inspector ( HMI) whose presentation will reflect on her report " Key Stage 3- The Wasted Years? and on OFSTED's latest thinking about the school curriculum.
Anne is a qualified English teacher and has taught across the full secondary range. Anne has a range of senior leadership experience in secondary schools as head of sixth form, assistant principal and vice principal. Prior to working for Ofsted, she was an academy principal. Anne inspects a range of provisions including primary, secondary and independent schools. She also inspects Initial Teacher Education partnerships. Anne is a member of the Ofsted quality assurance team and the national training team. She has particular expertise in school leadership, sixth form and English.
"Effective Governance in Challenging Times"
Key note speaker was Emma Knights, OBE, Chief Executive of the NGA (National Governors Assiciation)
"Emma Knights, OBE, is Chief Executive of the National Governance Association (NGA) - the leading charity for guidance, research, advice and training for school governors and trustees. Prior to her appointment in 2010 she was joint CEO of the Daycare Trust. Before that, she worked in a number of roles in the voluntary sector, particularly in the Legal Services Commission, Citizens Advice and the Local Government Association. As well as leading projects on child poverty and educational attainment, Emma has written on a wide range of topics and is co-author of the NGA’s Chair’s Handbook.
Emma regularly addresses legislators and the media on governance issues, as well as school governors, trustees, clerks and school leaders. She was a governor at a secondary school in Warwickshire for 7 years and is a founding trustee of the Foundation for Leadership in Education.
Emma was awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year's Honours list for services to education."
Emma`s Slide are available here -Emma Knigh Slides-
For the Workshop slides click on the workshop menu on the right -or just click here-
NEWSLETTER 22 – January 2018
The School Forum who are they and what do they do click here for further information
Apologies there were not a Newsletter issued after the December 2017 meeting – please refer to the Council Web-site for full details of the reports and the public minutes.
In this issue, we are including key points from the Schools Forum meeting held on 25 January 2018 particularly; Schools Funding Settlement 2018/19, Annual Pro-forma Toolkit return to DfE, 201819 Budget update and DSG Review Group. A full copy of the minutes will be made available via the Council web-site in due course, see section 7 below.
Schools Forum Meeting 25 January 2018 – Key Points
- Matters Arising from 7 December 2017 Meeting minutes
A discussion took place in relation to the “disappointment” expressed from the secondary sector colleagues that the new Laurus Trust Free Schools now confirmed for opening in September 2018 were not included in the original formula modelling figures included in the Schools’ Financial Consultation last term. The impact of which was that the headroom monies available within the schools’ block of funding for distribution to schools had now been reduced.
The secondary sector representatives indicated that the former vote on the 0.5% transfer from the schools’ block to the high needs block may have been different if all information had been known. The Service Director for Education outlined the LA would have taken such matter to the Secretary of State if Schools’ Forum approval had not have been granted.
Best wishes for 2018, another year of challenges lies ahead, 2017 saw a new ofsted charter rigorously testing our procedures and knowledge and we are confident that this will continue into 2018. So make sure that all of your governors are up to date with what is going on in your school and don`t forget to ask those dificult questions when they need to be asked to the senior team. This is what being a Governor is all about.
NEWSLETTER 21 – September 2017
The School Forum who are they and what do they do click here for further information
Welcome to the 21st edition of the Schools Forum Newsletter……..
In this issue, we are including key points from the Schools Forum meeting held on 28 September 2017 particularly; Schools Capacity/Capital Program update, Terms of Reference Review/Membership update, 2018/19 Schools Funding Arrangements and the National Funding Formula / 2018/19 Budget Options. A full copy of the minutes will be made available via the Council web-site in due course, see section 8 below.
Schools Forum Meeting 28 September 2017 – Key Points
- Matters Arising from 18 May 2017 Meeting minutes
Peter Hughes provided an email update (26 May 2017) to all Schools Forum matters in relation to the administrative cost increase query raised relating to school insurance schemes provided to schools as per item 9 in the minutes.
Furthermore the additional DfE information relating to the construction and values assigned to the local funding formula models of the other 150 LAs across the country was circulated to members further to item 11 of the last meeting.
- SCHOOLS CAPACITY / CAPITAL PROGRAM UPDATE
Report presented as tabled
Discussion: Stephen Bell outlined the key pressure points in the borough (i.e. Marple, Heatons, etc.) in relation to the provision of sufficient school places and provided a further update on the £25m capital investment secured to address both capacity and condition needs of schools in the very near future. A formal working group will be established shortly with representatives of all key stakeholder groups to identify options and discuss LA plans in more detail.
National Leaders of Governance or “NLGs” are highly effective chairs of school and academy governing boards who are designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership to provide support to chairs of governors in other schools. There are currently thirty NLGs designated in the Greater Manchester sub region, with three based in Stockport (Stu Foster, Charles Nevin and Andy Kent). Having an NLG “deployed” to your governing body is usually free of charge, as NLGs are as a condition of their designation expected to be available for deployments with no charge for delivery for five working days in total per year. Time spent beyond this may be chargeable; this is entirely a matter for discussion and agreement between the school or other commissioner and the NLG. NLGs can provide support in several different ways.
Further information on NLGs in Greater Manchester may be found on the Greater Manchester Learning Partnership (GMLP) website at www.gmlp.org.uk and via the links below.
What is a National Leader of Governance Deployment?
An NLG is deployed into a school to provide support for its chair of governors. This support can take different forms depending on the circumstances of the school. Examples of deployments are as follows:
Improving school performance:
- Supporting the chair to focus more closely on raising standards and leading improvement
- Helping the chair to understand and interpret strategic school/academy data
Supporting the relationship between headteacher and chair:
- Coaching a chair in developing solutions to identified problems or in providing more effective challenge to senior leaders
- Helping the chair establish and develop an effective professional relationship with the headteacher/principal
Skills and understanding of governance
- Helping the chair to better evaluate their own performance and develop their leadership, effectiveness and confidence
- Supporting a new or recently appointed chair
- Observing a governing body meeting and providing advice to the chair on procedures, protocols and behaviours
- Helping the chair identify priorities for governing body development and draw up an action plan
- Mentoring a chair to provide support through a process, for example relating to complaints or staffing related issues
- Providing expertise to help with an aspect of a GB’s work
- Signposting or brokering additional training and support
- Facilitating a board self-review or undertaking an external review of governance
- Supporting aspects of federation or academy conversion
A review of governance is a deployment and is usually charged for. Reviews of governance may be recommended following an Ofsted inspection or commissioned by a school as part of their own cycle of self-evaluation and development planning. Any arrangements for paid for work are between the school and the individual NLG.
How do I request a NLG Deployment?
An improved schools' financial benchmarking service has been launched online by the Department for Education following feedback from users. The service enables LA-maintained schools and academies to compare their performance data and spending levels with schools that share similar characteristics such as:
- pupil numbers
- school phase/type
- proportion of pupils with special educational needs
- proportion of pupils who are eligible for free school meals
- proportion of pupils with English as an additional language
The benchmarking service will help school leaders and governors consider how they can use available resources to have maximum impact in supporting high-quality teaching and ensuring the best possible educational outcomes for their pupils.
Mrs Dawn Boyes
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