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.
Have you accessed your school`s Ofsted Data Dashboard yet? It gives a summary of your significant school data. Just go to http://dashboard.ofsted.gov.uk/ and type in the name of your school.
As you may have read in Governing Matters, the NGA has invested in a new membership database which will improve our service to members, and in particular make logging onto the website simpler. We have had many requests over the past year for this to work better and we hope this will solve problems members have had in the past. We are preparing to go live with our new system next week.
From Wednesday (15 May) the log in process will change. The log in screen will be different and instead of the Member ID number, you will need to use your email address to log in. We have to issue a new password to all members, which will be sent to you on Tuesday.
You will notice some other changes on the website, such as the events booking pages and publications page. You will also be able to update your own details online.
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.
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