Govas Autumn Conference October 2016

Dear Colleagues/Governors,

Education For All: the Implications for School Structures & Governance in Stockport”

Book now for our October conference, at Cheshire Conference & Events, Edgeley Park, on Thursday October 6th, 11am-3.45pm. This is your opportunity to hear and question the latest views, opinions and policy from a local and national perspective. Whether you are already a Multi-Academy Trust, a stand-alone Academy, are considering converting, or have no intention of doing so, this conference will help inform your decision-making process. In addition, it will, as usual, be an excellent opportunity to meet-up with fellow Stockport governors.

The conference will be the first opportunity that Stockport’s school leaders and governors will have had to meet with the Regional Schools Commissioner, Vicky Beer, and to understand the role of the RSC in our local educational context.

Vicky Beer is the Regional Schools Commissioner for Lancashire and West Yorkshire, she is responsible for making decisions about the academies and free schools in the 25 local authorities in the region. Vicky started in her role on 1 November 2015 and was previously a member of the Headteacher Board (HTB) for Lancashire and West Yorkshire. Before her appointment, Vicky was a national leader of education and was the Executive Principal of the West Trafford Learning Partnership, part of the Dean Trust.

Earlier in her career she also:
• was a Chair of the Teaching Schools Council (2011 to 2015) and a peer member supporting the council
• worked as an Ofsted additional inspector
• was the Director and founding member of By Schools for Schools, a system-led school improvement body serving the Greater Manchester area

Vicky Beer was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2013.

The conference will initially be open to 2 governors from each school, on a first-come, first-served basis. We would love to see at least one governor/trustee from each school in Stockport, so please take the opportunity to register now. - and click this link to register -

Best Regards,
Stu Foster
Chair, GOVAS


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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