Govas News and Conference

Dear Colleagues/Governors,

We just want to highlight a couple of events taking place this term. The first is Safer Internet Day, which takes place on 9th February, with the theme, 'Play your part for a better internet!’. The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Get involved to play your part!

Please encourage your schools to take part, find out who is coordinating it, and link up with the GOVAS twitter account, so that we can share the fantastic work that goes on within our schools.

Join the conversation at #SID2016

The second event is the Stockport Governors Conference at Marple High School on 12th March. You can now register for this event (HERE) and details on the workshops are on the web-site. Last year, we had over 140 governors attend, which was fantastic, but we are aiming to beat that total this year, so please sign up early. We cannot guarantee places on your chosen workshop, so the quicker you register, the better chance you will have. This year, the conference clashes with the NGA North West conference in Liverpool, which is unfortunate, but because of the level of planning that goes in to these events, difficult to prevent. Our challenge is to make this ‘the’ governor event taking place that day.
Over to you!

Stu Foster


Become a GOVAS Management Committee Member - we are a happy and contented bunch, but we could do with a few more friends. We meet three, or four, times a year, usually at the Town Hall. Our main visible event is the conference, but we also meet with council officers once a term and represent governors on a number of committees and we are looking to establish workshops/seminars to complement the LA training programme. To join the management committee, you do not need to have been a governor for over ten years, have a beard, or wear sandals. You do not need to be a Chair of governors, or even aspire to be. We just want governors who are prepared to give up a bit more of their time; to provide a fresh outlook; and to be able to speak up for governors within and outside of Stockport. Please contact us through

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