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.
GOVAS VIRTUAL MINI CONFERENCE
The Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday 23rd November 2023
It Commenced at 7.00pm
This years conference took take place virtually on the 25th of March 2023 - platform Microsoft Teams
Tim Bowman Director of Stockport Education
Young Carers speaker - Katy Frankland & colleague from Signpost for Carers
Poverty Proofing speaker - Nicki White Senior School Improvement Adviser Primary
09.20 Tim Bowman Stockport Director of Education
09.50 Young Carers in Schools
10.15 Workshops session 1
11.00 coffee/break - boil the kettle in advance
11.15 Workshops session 2
12.00 Key note speaker on Poverty Proofing -Nikki White
There were 6 virtual workshop available over 2 sessions
- Safeguarding - led by Julia Storey, Senior Adviser Safeguarding Children in Education
- Finance - led by Peter Hughes CSS Finance Manager
- Impact of austerity on SEND - led by Tom Gadsby Senior School Improvement Adviser Primary & Rob Rogers Senior School Improvement Adviser Secondary
- Succession planning and recruitment for your board - led by Janet Myers, NGA Regional Lead(North West), NGA Consultant, National Leader of Governance.
- Diversity are we making progress - led by Nicole Hand Ethnic Diversity Head of Service & Pam Dunham Head of Governor Services
- Staff wellbeing - led by Tracey Higgins, Senior School Improvement Adviser Primary and Tanya Cross, Health and Wellbeing School Coordinator
The annual Govas AGM will took place Wednesday 2nd November 2022 at the Alma Lodge followed by information on Multi Academy Trusts.
6.30 PM -Refreshments
7.00 PM -AGM
7.30 PM -Role of the Governor in Multi Academy Trusts lead by Janet Myers NGA Regional Lead(North West), NGA Consultant, National Leader of Governance.
Hopefully in the current climate this discussion will be of interest to governors of maintained schools and those in of existing academies who will be able to share experiences.
9.00 PM -Close
Govas Governor Conference 26th March 2022 in partnership with SMBC
Governance with Covid
Please put this date in your dairy registration will start in Feb 2022
Agenda for the Day
08.30 - 09.00 Registration and Coffee
09.00 - 09.10 Open conference Anne Trafford Chair of Govas
09.10 - 09.45 Tim Bowman Director of Education for Stockport and Tameside
09.45 - 10.00 Janet Meyers NGA Northwest Representative
10.00 - 11.00 Workshops: delegates can choose one with one reserve
11.00 - 1200 Brunch and networking
12.00 - 13.00 Keynote speaker, Sharon Warmington, Founder of National Black Governors Network (NBGN) and National Association of School and College Clerks. Director of Unstoppable Ltd
– presentation and Q&A on Diversity, Inclusion and Equality in schools
Location -Marple Hall School, Hill Top Drive, Marple SK6 6LB
The maximum number of delegates is 150, so we will keep a reserve list for anyone who applies after we have reached that number so we can offer places if anyone cancels
We will be requesting that you take a lateral flow test the day before the conference and we will be asking that participants wear a face covering until they are seated.
Who are the Schools Forum
The Schools Forum (an elected group of Head teachers, Principals, Governors and other associated members) is the key decision making and consultative group required by DfE regulation which oversees/governs all financial and administrative matters relating to the Schools Budget financed by the dedicated schools grant (DSG).
The roles and responsibilities of the Schools Forum can be found in the new short guide recently published by the DfE (November 2013) - found here -
The DfE has identified as part of their review of Schools Forum that effective best practice relating to Schools Forum and its operational duties includes communication to all the wider stakeholder audience of the business matters discussed and decisions made. (i.e. ensuring all decisions made at forum are duly recorded and shared).
For the latest schools forum minutes -Click this link-
The Schools’ Forum (an elected group of Head teachers, Principals, Governors and other associated members) is the key decision making and consultative group required by DfE regulation which oversees/governs all financial and administrative matters relating to the Schools Budget financed by the dedicated schools grant (DSG).
There is currently a vacancy for a primary governor
In 2021 there will be a vacancy for a secondary governor
Anyone who is interested in filling these vacancies should contact Peter Hughes or contact Govas. Obviously if there is more than one interested party there would have to be an election
The current make-up of the Stockport Schools Forum is:
- · 5 Primary head teachers – including 1 from a VA school
- · 5 Primary governors – including 1 from a VA school
- · 2 Secondary head teachers - including 1 from a VA school
- · 2 Secondary governors
- · 1 Special school head teacher/governor
- · 1 Nursery head teacher
- · 1 PRU head teacher
- · 3 Academy representatives
- · 1 Diocesan representative
- · 1 Trades union/professional association representative
- · 1 non-Executive elected member
- · 1 Vulnerable Children representative
- · 1 Post 16 representative
- · 1 PVI Early Years sector representative
The roles and responsibilities of the Schools’ Forum can be found in the guide recently updated by the DfE in May 2020 -click this lnk to read the guide-
GOVAS has met a few times in the past few months in a virual enviroment discussing the current issues that are going on in schools.
Based on that success we are considering a virtual AGM with some speeches via most likely -"zoom"
Date set for this to take place would be the 21st January 2021 -1900hrs, if you have any ideas or thoughts then please do not hesitate to contact us via the -contact us- link above (then click -contact form-)
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