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.  


Last week I visited the Governor Live conference, held at Manchester Central. It was attended by governors from throughout England and Wales and featured presentations from Iain Campbell (DfE) and Emma Knights (NGA) on the challenges and opportunities facing school governors, as well as Stockport governor Andy Kent, along with Ruth Agnew, who are both National Leaders of Governance. We will try to get a link on the web-site for these presentations. In the afternoon, there were open sessions on topics selected by the audience. By far the most popular was on the subject of governing body self-evaluation.

By coincidence, the Stockport Governor Conference on Saturday 29th March features a workshop on Governing Body Self-Evaluation! By even greater coincidence, it is presented by Andy Kent (by far the most entertaining speaker last week)!

Actually, although not planned, it is certainly not a coincidence, as governing body self evaluation (what is it and how do we do it?) is a topic that is always high up on the list of priorities for all governors. The Conference provides a great opportunity to get up-to-the minute advice on this from Andy, partnered this time with fellow NLG Lynne Tommony.
Another area of governance which we are always seeking to improve on is understanding and working with our parents, to raise attainment. The "Going Forward Together - Parents as Partners" workshop will provide a framework for governing bodies looking to develop more effective relationships with their parents, with plenty of hints and tips to take back to your schools.

The workshops are already filling up and some are already over-subscribed, so please book early to get the ones that you want.

Stu Foster
Joint Chair, GOVAS