Date for the Diary

 -:  Effective Financial Management to Ensure Best Value"

Dear Colleagues/Governors,

Dear Colleagues,

After a traumatic few days last week, this is a chance to recharge our batteries and take a short break from governance. There will have been some difficult conversations in all our schools on Tuesday morning and it is hard not to be affected by what happened. Our thoughts go out to all involved.

We like to plan ahead at GOVAS, but not usually this far! We are pleased to announce that the 2018 Stockport Governor Conference will be held on 17th March and, as guest speaker, we have engaged the Chief Executive of the NGA, Emma Knights. The location will probably be Marple Hall again, and i’m sure the ‘round’ tables will be making a re-appearance. We will decide on the theme once we have negotiated the election and seen what direction the government plans to steer education in.

Finally, a reminder to register for the Financial Efficiency training session, at Priestnall School on Wednesday 5th July. Spending the money we have wisely and effectively will be key for the next few years, and Dawn Boyes, Associate Practitioner for the NASBM, and an active School Business Manager, will provide tips and advice on how to achieve this. We hope as many of you as possible will be able to attend.

Spaces for the evening will be limited, so we advise you to book early. As always, we look forward to seeing you there. -REGISTER HERE-

Have a good half-term


Stu Foster

Chair, GOVAS

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