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.  


The New National Curriculum with Lynn Perry, Senior School Improvement Advisor and Moira Rayner Principal Primary Advisor Fully Booked

This workshop will cover the statutory changes effective from September 2014 and those which will come into force a year later in September 2015. The impact of these changes mean schools need to review how they deliver and organize the teaching of the curriculum and appropriate CPD for staff. The session will offer opportunities to share experiences so far and exchanging good practice.

"Knowing me, Knowing you" – Aspects of Leadership with Clive Taylor and Graham Hunt, Senior School Improvement Advisors

Clive delivered a workshop at last year's conference - from the session he has taken the issues raised by governors and has produced a useful range of resources to support governors to fulfil your accountabilities by engaging with school leaders in monitoring and evaluating school performance.

Finance for Schools with Peter Hughes - Group Accountant and Simon Finch Strategic Accountant

The Schools Funding reforms implemented initially in April 2013 are the first stage of a national drive by government to move to a new fairer funding formula (NFFF) system from April 2015. National consultation is expected to begin in the spring term 2014. This session will aim to:

• Update governors on the national picture / developments;
• Assess the implications upon Stockport MBC and its schools; and
• Discuss the challenges and issues facing Stockport schools in managing and deploying their resources. 

Governing Body Self Evaluation with Lynne Tommony and Andy Kent - National Leaders of Governance

As schools undertake their own self-evaluation so too should governing bodies. Reflections on how you organize and share the workload, appropriate training to ensure governors are able to understand the importance of data and 'ask the right questions', what impact does the governing body have on outcomes? Have you a succession plan in place? These are just some of the areas that Lynne and Andy will cover during this interactive session.

Innovative use of ICT in schools with Alex Findlay of "The ICT Advisors"

Developments in technology have transformed learning over recent years. An interactive workshop looking at best practice and a glimpse into the future...

"Going forward together" - Parents as Partners with Leading Parent Partnership Award co-ordinators, Gatley Primary School.

An interactive session, looking at what the research tells us, models of good practice and how to work more effectively with parents to develop excellent partnerships in your school.

Conference Schedule

8:45        Registration
9:15        Opening address Phil Beswick, Andrew Webb
9:30        Workshop 1
10:30      Brunch and exhibition
11:25      GOVAS A.G.M
11.45      Workshop 2
12.45      Panel Q&A