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.
MEMBERSHIP OF THE NATIONAL GOVERNORS` ASSOCIATION
Have you realized that If your school buys into Stockport Governor Support Service Level Agreement you are governing body members of NGA? A Standard governing body membership is included in the package.
Are you using it? Remember it gives you
- Two copies of the NGA magazine Governing Matters delivered to the school, and three to named governors home address.
- One free place at NGA member events, including national conferences and regional meetings
- The NGA weekly newsletter with updates in education and NGA news
- Access to the members’ area of the NGA website for ALL the members of your governing body. The members' area holds a wealth of guidance, information, useful resources and newsletters, as well as dates of regional meetings you can attend
You can get more information at
STOCKPORT PRESIDENT FOR ASSOCIATION OF DIRECTORS OF CHILDREN`S SERVICES
Andrew Webb, Stockport Council`s Corporate Director for Services for People, has become national President of ADCS. Education services are part of Andrew`s responsibility, so you may find it interesting to read his presidential address.
You may have been reading about coming changes to Teachers` Pay and Conditions, and how governors will be involved in the new system. GOVAS asked about this at a recent meeting with Local Authority Officers. There will be more information on this from the LA later in the term, so look out for updates coming from your Clerk. Next term there will be more training and information. Mean while the March/April NGA magazine “Governing Matters” had a helpful article by Gillian Allcroft, NGA Policy Manager. If you buy into Governor Services you should receive copies at your school, so ask where they are if you haven`t seen them.
'Strong governing bodies challenge and support schools to set a clear vision and ethos and provide an excellent service for the children and parents in their communities. They are a crucial component of effective school leadership. Ofsted has found that where governance is good, standards of attainment are likely to be higher; and the behaviour of pupils, the quality of teaching and the leadership and management of schools are also more likely to be good'
(Promoting Excellence for All, DCSF, 2008)
Some governing bodies do not have the capacity
Targeting resources to outcomes
The presenter of this workshop, attended by 25 or so governors, was Andree Coleman. She was knowledgeable, having previous experience as a primary school Head and recently as an Ofsted inspector, and was a confident
presenter. The presentation, specifically headed “evaluating the impact of a school’s spending of the pupil premium grant (PPG)”, was informative, and useful guidance was provided. Comments and questions were invited as the presentation took place. The workshop was a very useful contribution to the work of governors on this issue.
Safer Internet Day (SID) is celebrated in nearly 100 countries around the world in February of each year. In Europe, 30 countries mark the day with support from the European Commission's Safer Internet Programme. SID is coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people.
Safer Internet Day 2013 - the tenth anniversary of Safer Internet Day - will take place on Tuesday 5 February, around the theme 'Online Rights and Responsibilities' and under the slogan 'Connect with respect'. For the latest information about Safer Internet Day 2013 in the UK go to the UK Safer Internet Centre website
Safer Internet Day 2013 highlights
Little Sport Coaching
Little Sport Coaching provide high quality sports, gymnastics and dance provision for nurseries and primary schools. We are based in Stockport but cover the majority of Greater Manchester.
We currently work with over 125 nurseries and schools seeing over 15,000 children per week in PPA Cover, extra-curricular clubs, school sports teams and events, CPD for teachers and more.
Smarter Solutions Limited
Established in 2001, Smarter Solutions Limited have been supplying and supporting Educational clients with ICT related products for over ten years.At Smarter Solutions, we have a thorough understanding of the educational market and the impact new technology has on the learning process.
Through getting to know you and understanding your School needs, we will recommend a solution that's right for you, whether that be one single product or an integrated system. Our recommendations are always backed up by three things that underpin our service to you - innovation, training and support.
Serving school meals to the children of Stockport for eight years, Solutions SK has become an essential part of Stockport’s school community.
Cooking more than 16,000 school meals a day, equating to three million meals a year, we are the largest provider of school meals in Stockport Borough.
Our newly-designed menu offers children an exciting range of meals which meet the Government’s nutritional and food-based standards. Using our specialist nutritional software, we are able to analyse our school meal’s food content to ensure we offer healthy, well-balanced meals.
We believe that there should be no barriers to school meals and understand that food is central to the health of all; therefore we offer a flexible menu tailoured for your school’s individual needs.
Using only high quality produce from reputable suppliers, our meals are prepared using fresh fruit and vegetables, and all our meat is either Red Tractor and farm assured.
Special lunchtimes and competitions are planned throughout the school year to make lunchtimes fun and exciting.
Taylor Shaw is the largest independent catering company in the UK, owned by a team of six directors and backed by Venture Capital companies. Specialising in the education market they provide catering in secondary and primary schools. Meals are produced daily from scratch, using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and fresh produce, ensuring that all nutritional and healthy eating guidelines are met. They place special emphasis on the training of the staff and recognise that the catering staff are the most important people in the Company.
If you are looking for a truly personal service from professionals who are dedicated to producing wholesome, nutritious food every day, then contact Taylor Shaw on 01925 830577.
Access to up-to-date and reliable information and advice is crucial for those involved in governing our schools. The aim of Adamson Publishing is to help you with explanations and guidance that are targeted to your needs, concise and easy to use. We publishing a range of books, including
the annual School Governors' Yearbook, on a variety of school governor roles and tasks, and we also run Clerkwise, an online subscription service that helps clerks in their job of supporting governing bodies.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a Charity that has been working with young people from all backgrounds for more than half a century. We, the Stockport Operating Authority, already work with 12 Academies/High Schools across Stockport but our aim is to work with all the Academies/High Schools to give even more young people the chance to do their DofE. Why? Well, the DofE is the nationally and internationally recognised award favoured by employers and universities alike and is for all young people aged 14-25. Over time, we build confidence, dedication and commitment, attributes we all want to see in our young people in school, life and the workplace.
Millennium are a Tier 1 provider of Audio Visual solutions, specialising in Education & Public Sector organisations, including NHS, MOD, Police & Environment Agency .We pride ourselves on our level of customer satisfaction, manufacturer accreditations & willingness to work with our clients ensuring that they have confidence in our expertise.
Throughout the 27 year company history, Millennium have developed a large base of Education customers & are continuing to expand this due to the exceptional level of customer service & pre-sale consultation we offer to understand the vision & requirement of each & every client. Millennium are proud to be a contracted supplier to the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities & have recently been award Sole Supplier status to a number of other Councils UK wide.
Scooters the Race
Scooters the Race is a company committed to developing children's physical wellbeing and development.
We offer many different services including scooter programs, roller skating sessions, skate boarding programmes and learning to ride your first bike programme.
Today we are focusing on the Scooters the Race Experience. An opportunity to have the fun and excitement of a Formula 1 race, but on Scooters and inclusive for all!
All Together Active
All Together Active (A2A) is an innovative 6 month programme specifically developed to concentrate on overweight/obese young people (5 – 13 years) and their families. A2A supports and motivates to lead a healthy lifestyle. It concentrates on behaviour modification, healthy eating and physical activity in a fun and encouraging way.
This is done through a series of group activity and nutrition sessions that are designed to be progressive and empowering, thus giving families the knowledge and tools to sustain healthy behaviour modifications and goals in the long term.
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