About Govas

GOVAS works closely with the Stockport Children and Young People Directorate, but we are a fully independent association of governors affiliated to the equally independent National Governors Association. Every governor in Stockport is automatically a GOVAS member (as long as your institution pays their subscriptionof £10.00 PA)and our Management Committee is made up exclusively of serving volunteer governors in Stockport’s schools – nursery, primary secondary and special. Our biggest strength is our links with all the school governors in Stockport through our newsletter, special communications, and this website.  


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1 Building confidence – partnership working across the local authority

Alan Beswick, Head of School Effectiveness & Improvement Services

Clive Taylor, Senior School Improvement Adviser

Graham Hunt, Senior School Improvement Adviser

  • An overview of the collaborations and support networks between schools in Stockport and nationally.

2 Tightening our belts – how to ensure best value in schools

Pete Hughes, CFS Manager - Schools Finance

  • A workshop exploring how governors can ensure that schools make the most of their budgets and an update on recent financial developments.

3 Personal, Social and Health Education in the 21st century

Tanya Cross, Schools Health & Well Being Adviser

Lynn Perry, Senior School Improvement Adviser

  • How PSHE Education supports schools to fulfil their statutory requirements
  • The new common inspection framework and its implications for PSHE education
  • The unique contribution PSHE education can make to safeguarding and the school's evidence in the key judgements, especially the new judgement of ‘Personal development, behaviour and welfare’
  • Best practice in PSHE education

4 Assessment for 2016 and beyond

Moira Rayner, Principal Primary Adviser

Tom Gadsby, Senior School Improvement Adviser

  • Changes to statutory assessment and the interim teacher assessment frameworks
  • How progress will be measured and how results will be reported
  • Analysis of the new inspection dashboard
  • Stockport’s approach to supporting schools in developing approaches to in-school assessment
  • Effective models to assess progress made by children

Please note that, in response to many requests, this workshop is a repeat of the governor workshop delivered in November 2015.

5 Stockport Family

Cathy Lyall,Seconded Head teacher to Stockport Family

  • A workshop about the innovative Stockport Family approach, the development of ‘The Team Around The School’ and how schools and services in Stockport will more effectively work together in the future to better meet the needs of vulnerable children and their families. The workshop includes reference to Restorative Approaches which are rapidly developing across schools and the council workforce.

6 Collaboration and Partnership between schools – the right way forward for governance?

Ruth Agnew, Independent Consultant

Andy Kent, Independent Consultant

  • The DfE says that forming a group of schools can help create more effective governance, and also provides a basis for benefits for pupils and staff, and budgets too. Is it time to move on from the single school, whether maintained or academy, if we are to secure a sound and sustainable basis for high quality education and outcomes for our children?   


  • This workshop explores why this discussion is now seen as key by the DfE for all governors/trustees in single schools, and looks at ways in which schools might undertake an options appraisal relevant to their own circumstances now and looking ahead