Govas Conference 2014 "The future of education"

headersmallConference registration now open -click here-

Dear Colleagues,  

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 2014 Stockport Governors' Conference is now open. Following feedback from last year's conference, we have cut the talking and increased the interaction, so you will be able to choose two workshops, plus there is a Question & Answer session and the chance to meet new and old colleagues during the brunch and in the exhibition area. (further details on flyer attached to the bottom of this email)

You can register here. The numbers per workshop are limited, so please indicate an alternative preference, as guided. Also, we need named First Aiders to be available on the day. If you can help with this, please indicate on the form. Contrary to rumours already circulating, Abba costumes for the "Knowing me, Knowing you" workshop are not compulsory!

In brief, other news which we would like to bring to your attention:

  • Consultation on Admission Arrangements 2015/2016 - this is now open and closes 21st February. It can be found here (link to the council website

  • Changes to the School Governance Regulations - This DfE consultation is now open. (documents here) The key changes proposed in relation to the governance regulations are that:
    all local authority maintained governing bodies will be required to reconstitute by September 2015 all appointed governors (i.e. local authority (LA), foundation, appointed parent, and partnership governors), must in future be appointed on the basis that they have (in the opinion of the person making the appointment) 'the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school'

  • Finally, following this week's Schools Forum meeting, (details here) the following proposals are to be put to the Executive with regard to the Local Funding Formula for 2014/15:


Increase BE Factor to 70% & fund from both Lump Sum & Deprivation on a 50/50 split


Maintain Status Quo formula – with amendments made to BOTH SEN Prior Attainment & the Lump Sum/BE Factors as per consultation document. Disappointingly, only 46 Primaries responded to the consultation. All our schools will be affected by this proposal in hard cash terms, and we would have expected all schools to want to have an input. The consultation was widely publicised and Schools Forum is concerned about how they can increase the participation levels in important consultations, such as this one.

We would welcome the views from those governors whose schools did not respond, so that we can pass them on to Schools Forum.

Have a good term, and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Saturday 29th March at Marple Hall School.


Best Wishes
Stu Foster

Govas Joint Chair

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