Govas -Autumn News1

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Dear Colleagues,

By the time you get this, I will have attended the last governor meeting of the term, and will finally turn my thoughts to next week's celebrations. Then, when the football has finished, it will be time to start thinking about what next term holds!Hopefully, you have all had a successful and productive term, having checked and updated all the policies you were meant to, completed your consultations and, maybe, gone into school and spent some time in the classroom.
Before we hang up our stockings at GOVAS, we just have a few notices and updates:

Schools Forum - in order to enhance communication with the wider school audience, the LA will now issue a newsletter covering the topics discussed at each meeting. Please see the first issue here. The Schools Finance Consultation had only just closed prior to the meeting, but we were advised that 100% of secondaries and 50% of primaries had responded. Of the primary response, there appeared to be a 50/50 split between maintaining the current formula and increasing the level of Basic Entitlement. (click here to read the details of the meeting`s)

Schools Organisation & Educational Capital Advisory Group - documents were produced for the group, showing cross boundary flows (where the pupils in your school have come from, and where the children in your catchment area end up) for both primary and secondary sectors. This is a useful document for governors for planning and parent engagement issues. To work out where your intake has come from, for primaries you need to use the vertical columns, and for secondaries, the horizontal rows. It should be self-explanatory, but if you can't fathom it out, please get in touch.(Read the details Click Here)

E-safety - the profile on e-safety has been raised on the inspection framework for schools, so it is an issue that every governing body should be aware of. Safer Internet Day is on 11 February 2014. The theme is 'let's create a better internet together'. You can find details on www.saferinternet.org ,including resource packs for schools.-or click image on right/below)

NGA - you should all be aware that if your school buys back into governor training and development, this also gives you membership of the National Governors Association. This membership has to be activated by each governing body, however. If you have not done this yet, please read the article by David Gosling on the GOVAS web-site (Click here to read article)

Finally, thank you to Victoria Howarth and Stephen Powell, who both volunteered to sit on LA committees. Wherever possible, GOVAS tries to promote the governor voice and we are grateful for all the assistance we can get.

Obviously I am aware that there is more than football over the next couple of weeks, so, on behalf of the management committee of GOVAS, i would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Best Wishes
Stu Foster

Govas Joint Chair


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