Ticking the right boxes!

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Dear Colleagues/Governors,

Stockport Governor Conference 2016 - Ticking the right boxes!

We have previously alluded to the fact that preparation for the conference starts almost as soon as the last one finishes. Trying to predict what issues are going to be at the top of governors' agendas several months in advance is not the easiest of tasks, but we like to think that we’re not too bad at it. But don’t just take our word for it. The following are the 3 key issues highlighted in the NGA’s Spring bulletin:

With research continuing to highlight the benefits of formal collaboration between schools, governing groups of schools has been a prominent topic for discussion over the past term. More than half of academies are now part of multi academy trusts, and many maintained schools are coming together in federations. In September, NGA, ASCL and Browne Jacobson launched a joint guide Forming or Joining a Group of Schools: staying in control of your school’s destiny which spells out the benefits and types of collaboration, as well as the steps senior leaders and governors need to take.

 - we have 2 workshops focusing on collaboration and partnerships between schools locally and nationally and the various bodies involved in this

Last term also saw the Government announcement of a new national funding formula for schools. NGA has been among many voices campaigning for an overhaul of the schools funding system for many years and was pleased to see the government making the commitment to a fairer formula. Implementation is expected to begin in 2017 and will be preceded by a detailed consultation planned for later this term.

 - Pete Hughes will be presenting the latest update on the national funding formula; how this is likely to impact on Stockport schools; and how we can make better use of the finances we have got

The introduction of a new Ofsted framework from September meant that school inspection was again a crucial issue for many governors. New short inspections for ‘good’ schools meant that many governors are experiencing a distinctly different inspection process from previous years.

 - our key note speaker, Mr John Gornall, will be covering the new framework in some detail (and hopefully giving some hints as to how we should prepare for the dreaded visit!)

For all this and so much more, register and come along to the Conference on 12th March (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 admin@govas.org.uk

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