End of Term -Another Year gone By

 -:  “End of term - Another Year gone By"

Dear Colleagues/Governors,

Another challenging school year is drawing to a close. Without doubt, one of the biggest issues we all face is funding. Whilst money may yet be found to introduce a national funding formula without any real term cuts, for an average school in Stockport that is hardly reason to hang out the bunting. Better financial management is going to be key, and for that reason, it was fantastic to see so many of you, just under 70, for the recent "Ensuring Best Value through Financial Efficiency” workshop(slides on the website -here- ) (OK, we know most of you came for the GOVAS AGM!). Including the Annual Conference that we run with the LA, this was our third event of the year. They all take a lot of planning and organisation, but from the feedback we get, you seem to value them, so we will keep trying to put them on.

On this theme, a reminder that next year’s Stockport Governor Conference will take place on Saturday March 17th, at Marple Hall, with Emma Knights, Chief Executive of the National Governance Association, giving the key-note speech. More details will follow.

Finally, the 10th Stockport Young Entrepreneurs competition took place in the Ballroom at Stockport Town Hall on 13th July. Fourteen schools took part this year, including our perennial favourites, Freshfields Nursery, who were joined this year by the nursery from Gatley Primary. Every year the standard seems to get higher, and this year’s was no exception. Incredible ideas, creativity, teamwork - and that’s just the judges! Congratulations go to this year’s winners, Cale Green Primary, with their fantastic First Aid website, but all the children had clearly enjoyed developing their ideas and creating products/concepts to sell.
Enjoy the summer!


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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