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.
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy believes that young people with mental health difficulties are among those with a high risk of exclusion from school, and many of them under-achieve. They say that up to 3 children in every average class may experience a diagnosable mental health problem. Clearly for young people in any situation of psychological stress school -based counselling may be a very valuable service. Find out more at http://bacp.co.uk/research/publications/School_Counselling.php
The first phase of the national schools funding reforms were implemented from April 2013 as per the Department for Education (DfE) longer term aim and objective to move towards a national funding formula. The main elements of reforms implemented from April 2013 included:
•Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) funding allocated in three blocks;
•New simplified local funding formula for primary and secondary schools;
•New place-plus funding methodology for high needs (HN) pupils/settings; and
•Transfer of Post 16 funding to local authorities in full from August 2013.
The DfE undertook
Has your Governing Body reviewed itself recently? It`s good practice to carry out an annual review, as well as a skills audit of individual governors. That way you can be sure you`re making your GB as effective as possible. There are resources out there to help you. Look at the Governing Body Development section of the Governors` Network at Learning Leads. www.learningleads.org.uk (Log on as governor.firstname.surname and the password is your surname) Or try Modern Governor`s online resources. www.moderngovernor.com Go to the Developing Your Governing Body section.
NGA has a Special Schools Governors` Forum which meets in Birmingham. The next meeting is on July 8th and you can find out more in the Members` Area at www.nga.org.uk (click the image). Meanwhile NGA has held a conference specifically for special school governors. The presentations from this one are also on the NGA website.
At the recent Conference of the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) there was discussion of the effect of exposure to adult themes on children and young people. Items covering issues such as rape, alcoholism, bulimia and drug abuse appear pre-watershed in TV programmes and often contain explicit material. Pornography is increasingly easily available. There`s a report by the Office of the Children`s Commissioner on their enquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups. This ties in with Lynn Perry`s
Those of you who are frustrated with some aspects of school accountability and want to think through some of the issues might like to read a report by Demos, a cross party think tank. They make a case for reform of the accountability mechanisms in England. The report says that the combination of the examination system, school league tables and Ofsted inspection regime have a ‘toxic’ effect on education. You can download the report free at http://www.demos.co.uk/publications/detox
There`s a new source of interesting data on your school, specially summarized for governors. It comes from the Fischer Family Trust and will be launched on Friday May 17th. You can find out more at http://www.fft.org.uk/fft-live/governor-dashboard.aspx
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