Conference Registration -Now Open

Stockport Governor Conference 2017:  “THE SCHOOL-LED SYSTEM: WHERE ARE WE NOW?”

Dear Colleagues/Governors,

Registration is now open for the 2017 Conference, being held at Marple Hall School, on Saturday 11th March, 8.45am - 1.15pm.

Following on from the successful Autumn Conference, we are continuing the theme of schools working together and driving the agenda for improvement. Working with Stockport LA, we will be offering 6 workshops, covering the issues that are nationally and locally in the spotlight, and the key-note speaker will be Professor Chris James.

Chris James is the Professor of Educational Leadership and Management in the Department of Education at the University of Bath. He researches the leadership and management in schools and colleges, the affective aspects of educational organisations, collaborative working in schools and school governing and governance.

Over the coming weeks, we will be providing more detail on the individual workshops and the conference timings, but we would urge you register and sign up for your preferred workshop (click this link to register), as we have ‘sold out’ for the last two years and expect strong demand again.

Finally, a reminder that the conference is for all Stockport governors. If you have not been before, it is a great opportunity to meet other governors and share experiences - and the brunch is worth going for on it’s own! At the Autumn conference, we had a large number of head-teachers and staff who are governors and we would hope for a similar turnout again.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in March.

All the best,

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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