About Govas

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 AGM Monday 9th July 2018 : Chair’s Report


In writing this report, I want first to place on record my and the GOVAS committee’s thanks to our former chair, Stu Foster, for his work and commitment for GOVAS over a number of years. I took over as chair in February. I would also like to thank the support and contribution of committee members over the last twelve months
This new format AGM is the second GOVAS has arranged at Priestnall in the summer term alongside an external speaker, following last year’s presentation on financial efficiencies. We are very appreciative of Anne Seneviratne ( HMI) finding the time to present to this meeting.


The “ main event” for GOVAS each school is the organisation of the annual conference, once again held at Marple Hall in March, a conference that is actively supported by Officers from Stockport Council. We gave it the title “Effective Governance in Challenging Times”, with the Chief Executive of the National Governance Association (NGA), Emma Knights, our guest speaker. The overall feedback from the 135 governors attending was overwhelmingly positive. Initial discussions on next year’s conference are already underway. Conference presentations, including from workshops, are available on the GOVAS website.
GOVAS has continued to meet regularly with the Director of Education Services, Phil Beswick , alongside a number of his colleagues , and with Pam Dunham , who leads the governor service. These meetings allow for a sharing of views and information on school facing issues within the Borough and assist in raising the profile of governance and underlining the nature and importance of the role. We will look to ensure a brief summary update of discussion is published on the website after each meeting.


Governors/Trustees will I am sure need no reminding of the continuing challenges we face in in delivering our core functions amid continuing turbulence and uncertainty, much of which in my view is a consequence of the national policy context within which we all operate. Last month I listened to a presentation from Damien Hinds at the NGA national conference in Manchester, the latest in a line of Secretaries of State for Education. Each new Secretary of State, irrespective of their and Government party political affiliation, brings a fresh perspective and priorities and policy direction can shift, sometimes dramatically. Whilst Mr Hinds was complimentary about the work undertaken by governors, and announced increased national funding for governor training, nothing was said about the curriculum and assessment changes, teacher supply, the funding of pay increases or school capital funding, nor about the budgetary challenges schools (and councils) are facing as pupil numbers rise.


In terms of budgets, and with Stockport remaining as one of the lowest school funded Council’s in England , there does not as yet appear to be any signal that November’s budget will bring additional real term funding for schools. Playing our part as governors, with school leaders and others, to lobby for improved national funding, seems to me one


important priority for GOVAS and its members in the school year ahead. To maximise our chances of impact we will need to seek to work collaboratively with school leaders and others. Another area where there is much scope for development, amid some local activity I know, is for chairs ( and/or governor/trustee representatives) to find ways to develop a local forum
Locally, we will be saying farewell to Phil Beswick in October. Phil has been a champion for Stockport schools and Stockport children and young people for many years and will be sadly missed. GOVAS thanks him for his support and challenge, and his willingness to listen and wishes him all the best in his retirement. We await news of the Council’s succession plan and evidence of its continuing commitment and capacity to support and promote high quality education and outcomes for all our young people. This is a critical moment for Stockport schools.


Finally a word about GOVAS and the future. If the association is to survive and make a worthwhile system contribution, we need both your continued support at the Conference and the Summer Term meeting, and also some new faces on our Committee, individuals willing and able to make a contribution to our work. We also need school governing boards that have academised to be willing to pay the GOVAS membership fee. Some, but not all, do. The fee remains £10 per school board per year, which to the best of my knowledge and understanding in comparison with other governor associations is an extremely low amount. Maintained schools have the £10 paid via agreement with the School forum.
Nomination forms for the GOVAS committee are downloadable from our website home page. ( www.govas.org.uk )


Andy Kent ( GOVAS CHAIR) July 2018

NOMINATION FORM—GOVAS MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

 

Name of Nominee..............................................................................................

Address...............................................................................................................

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School.................................................................................................................

Signature of Nominee.....................................................Date.............................

 

 

Name of Proposer................................................................................................

Address.................................................................................................................

School...................................................................................................................

Signature of Proposer......................................................Date ............................

 

 

Name of Seconder................................................................................................

Address..................................................................................................................

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School.....................................................................................................................

Signature of Seconder.......................................................Date.............................

 

 

NOTES

When filling in this form you should be aware of the regulations laid down in the GOVAS Constitution regarding nomination to the Management Committee. These are summarised below:

  •  All nominees must be a governor of a publically funded school whose Governing Body is a member of GOVAS, within Stockport Area.

  •  All Proposers and Seconders must be governors of publicly funded schools whose Governing Body is a member of GOVAS, within Stockport Area.

  •  No Governing Body may have more than one elected member on the Management Committee.  In the event of there being two successful nominees from one Governing Body, the nominee with the highest number of votes will be elected.  The other nominee will not be elected, but may request that they are considered for co-option.

  •  Incomplete, illegible or incorrectly completed forms will not be accepted.

  •  Completed nomination papers should be returned to the Secretary of the GOVAS Management Committee no later than the closing date as stated on Notice of AGM.

YEAR ENDED 31st AUGUST 2017          
             
      2017     2016
Income            
      £     £
School GB subscriptions paid by LA   1130     1140
Subscriptions     60     50
Donation     300     0
      1490     1190
Expenditure            
             
Secretary's Expenses ( Postage etc) 9     57  
National Conference Expenses   21     39  
Web Site Update   0     45  
Conference expenses   2762     228  
Retirement Gifts LEA   0     0  
Audit Fee   75     75  
NGA Subscription   256     256  
      3123     700
             
Excess of  Expenditure (2016 Surplus)   -1633     490
             
             
 BALANCE SHEET as at 31st AUGUST 2017          
             
Cash at Bank     1286     2919
             
Capital Account            
             
Balance at 1st September 2016   2919     2429  
Less Deficit   -1633 1286   490 2919
             
             
             
Chair            
             
Treasurer            
             
Prepared from the records, information and explanations  provided      
and certified to be accordance therewith.          
             
             
C A Martin FAIA            
             
10th May 2018            

Govas Annual General Meeting held on 5th July 2017 at Priestnall School

                                                                         MINUTES

  • Welcome by the Chair

The Chair opened the meeting and welcomed the 60 plus Governors who attended the meeting.

  • Apologies

Ian Ritchie,P Carter

  • Approval of minutes of last AGM held on March 7th 2015

The minutes were approved

  • Matters arising from minutes

There were no matters arising

  • Notification of AOCB

Question from Chair of Ludworth Primary about transparency relating to the Admissions and Appeals Panel

  • Govas Management Committee Report

The Chair presented the report for the year which had been a challenge for all.

About a year ago the Government indicated that all school would become academies by 2022. Although forced acadamisation was now off the agenda, full acadamisation is still the aim. To give an up-to-date picture ,last October,Govas organised , a Conference entitled “Education for All” to help Governors understand the full implications of academisation and to emphasise the importance of schools working together.

We also saw the introduction of National Fairer Funding Formula,which proved to be not  advantageous to many Stockport schools. In the present financial scene it is difficult to see how a new “fairer” formula can be introduced. Whatever happens it is important that schools need to spend money wisely and work effectively with other schools.

He emphasised the challenge  remained to improve standards and Govas is committed to achieving this through:

   -Helping Governors to support each other

   -Sharing good practice and information

   -Providing links to training and resources

   -Giving a voice to Stockport Governors

   -Working with others to promote and improve governance in Stockport.

This year we have been more pro-active in providing support by putting on the Education for All conference last October and a conference  about Effective Financial Management.We also worked alongside the LA to put on the Stockport Governors Conference.                                                                                                                              We continue to represent Governors on various committees and at meetings with the Primary Headteachers Consortium and others.

He thanked members of the Committee for their contribution and encouraged anyone interested to apply for membership of the Management Committee.

        7  Treasurer’s Report and Balance Sheet

The Treasurer Report was presented. It showed how Govas is funded and how the money is spent.

                                                                                                                                     

        8   Election of Management Committee Members                                                                     

4 existing members of the Committee had applied for re-election. Ian Roberts,              S Foster,A Rogowski were re-elected for a further two years.  J Evans was re-elected as a co-opted member.

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        9  AOCB          

            On the question re Admissions and Appeals,Ian Roberts,who serves on the Schools

            Capacity, Admissions and Places Advisory Group,explained the process of admissions

            and emphasised the independence of the members of the Appeals Panel.

            It was proposed that the concerns of the questioner be discussed at the next meeting

            of the Management Committee and our regular meeting with the LA.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

     10 Date of next AGM

           To be arranged

                    STOCKPORT GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION (GOVAS)

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 

At Preistnall  School

 

to take place during

STOCKPORT GOVERNORS CONFERENCE

We are holding the GOVAS AGM as part of the Governors Conference on  Monday 9th July 2018 which commences at 6.00 PM The Agenda and all relevant papers are attached. Please bring these along to the AGM.

All Governors attending the Conference will have the opportunity to attend the AGM. Please use this part of the Conference  to come along and let us know how you feel about the work of GOVAS and how it represents the interests of Stockport Governors.

We would also be delighted if you would consider taking a more active role in the work of GOVAS by considering being nominated for the Govas Management Committee. Attached is a nomination form for membership of the Management Committee.

 

Please read the note on the nomination form indicating regulations laid down for nominees and proposers.

If you wish to submit a nomination form please

either

post it to me, P M Eveson at 2 Wittenbury Road,Stockport,SK4 3LX by 7th July 2018

or

hand it in on the day at the AGM.

If you wish to contact me my e-mail address is     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Regards

Mike Eveson

Govas Secretary

June   2018

GOVAS AGM AGENDA

       Meeting on Monday 9th July 2018 at  Preistnall School

commencing 6.00 pm

 

  1. Welcome by the Chair

  2. Apologies for Absence

  3. Approval of minutes of last AGM held on July 5th 2017 (attached)

  4. Matters arising from minutes

  5. Notification of AOCB

  6. Management Committee Annual Report (attached)

  7. Treasurer’s Report and Balance Sheet ( Attached)

  8. Election of Management Committee Members

  9. Change to Constitution -Date of Annual General Meeting At present the Constitution reads:- There shall be an Annual General Meeting before the end of April each year.

  10. It is proposed to change this to:-There will be an Annual General Meeting in each school year. Normally this will take place in the summer term.

  11. AOCB

  12. Date of next AGM