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.  


Welcome back to the Summer Term: SATS and elections, what more could we ask for? Maybe a resolution to the National (Fairer) Funding Formula would be welcome, and school funding in general, but i’m afraid that must wait until after the General Election now.

Firstly, a big thank you to all of you who made the Stockport Governor Conference the best ever. Over 140 of you converged on Marple and the feedback, which you can see on our website (-click here-) was overwhelmingly positive. One area that we can improve is to improve the description of the workshop contents, so that is already on the list for next year. 

As usual, the support of the LA was vital to the success of the conference and the presentations are all now on GovernorHub.

As referred to above, the results of the second stage of the consultation on the NFF have now been delayed until after the election. Regardless of this, all schools are facing challenging times financially and making better use of the available money we have is going to be a key theme for some time. As well as the support from the LA, there is a lot of information out there. The DfE have produced resource packs and NGA have recently announced training workshops. As we revealed at the Conference, we have been working on putting together a workshop on Financial Efficiency and we are now pleased to announce that it will take place at Priestnall School on Wednesday July 5th. It will run in conjunction with the GOVAS AGM, which will be as brief as ever, and is provisionally scheduled for 6-9pm. We were keen to have the workshop led by a practitioner skilled in presenting, so we have been working with the National Association of School Business Managers and one of their trainers, Dawn Boyes, who is a School Business Manager, will be delivering the workshop. 

We will inform you as soon as this event is open for registration, but please make a note in your diaries.

Enjoy the term!