Govas Conference Update

Attached is the Govas Conference Flyer -Click link at the bottom of this Email (pdf)
Dear Colleagues/Governors,

Some updates to some of the six workshops that will be offered at the Stockport Governors Conference on the 12th March.

1 Building confidence – partnership working across the local authority
Alan Beswick, Head of School Effectiveness & Improvement Services
Clive Taylor, Senior School Improvement Adviser
Graham Hunt, Senior School Improvement Adviser

• An overview of the collaborations and support networks between schools in Stockport and nationally.

2 Tightening our belts – how to ensure best value in schools
Pete Hughes, CFS Manager - Schools Finance

• A workshop exploring how governors can ensure that schools make the most of their budgets and an update on recent financial developments.

3 Personal, Social and Health Education in the 21st century
Tanya Cross, Schools Health & Well Being Adviser
Lynn Perry, Senior School Improvement Adviser

• How PSHE Education supports schools to fulfil their statutory requirements
• The new common inspection framework and its implications for PSHE education
• The unique contribution PSHE education can make to safeguarding and the school's evidence in the key judgements, especially the new judgement of ‘Personal development, behaviour and welfare’
• Best practice in PSHE education

4 Assessment for 2016 and beyond
Moira Rayner, Principal Primary Adviser
Tom Gadsby, Senior School Improvement Adviser

• Changes to statutory assessment and the interim teacher assessment frameworks
• How progress will be measured and how results will be reported
• Analysis of the new inspection dashboard
• Stockport’s approach to supporting schools in developing approaches to in-school assessment
• Effective models to assess progress made by children

5 Stockport Family
Cathy Lyall, Seconded Head teacher to Stockport Family

• A workshop about the innovative Stockport Family approach, the development of ‘The Team Around The School’ and how schools and services in Stockport will more effectively work together in the future to better meet the needs of vulnerable children and their families. The workshop includes reference to Restorative Approaches which are rapidly developing across schools and the council workforce.

6 Collaboration and Partnership between schools – the right way forward for governance?
Ruth Agnew, Independent Consultant
Andy Kent, Independent Consultant

• The DfE says that forming a group of schools can help create more effective governance, and also provides a basis for benefits for pupils and staff, and budgets too. Is it time to move on from the single school, whether maintained or academy, if we are to secure a sound and sustainable basis for high quality education and outcomes for our children?

• This workshop explores why this discussion is now seen as key by the DfE for all governors/trustees in single schools, and looks at ways in which schools might undertake an options appraisal relevant to their own circumstances now and looking ahead

Interested! Come and join us at the Stockport Governors Conference at Marple High School on 12th March. You can register for this event and the workshops above (HERE)

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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