2016/2017 Governor Training Programme from Haringey Governor Services.
This training programme provides governors with the skills and knowledge to be effective members of their governing body. Some of the courses covered include the following:
Current statutory requirement and best practice
New Governor Induction
New to the programme
HR Panel Roles and responsibilities
Using Budgets effectively
Quality of teaching
National database of governors and trustees
As outlined in the government’s White Paper published in March - Educational Excellence Everywhere – the Department for Education (DfE) has announced that from September 2016, details about those governing in maintained schools and academies must be uploaded to Edubase (the DfE’s database of all schools in the country).
For academies, this requirement is stipulated in the updated Academies Financial Handbook 2016 but the DfE has pre-populated Edubase with the current information they hold about those governing in academy trusts. However, trusts will need to check the details held on Edubase for accuracy, make any updates, and complete any empty fields. Going forward, trusts will be required to update Edubase as the vacancies arise and new appointments are made.
For maintained schools, the DfE is using section 538 of the Education Act 1996, which requires governing bodies to submit such information to the Secretary of State as s/he requests. As the DfE does not currently hold information about those governing in maintained schools, this information will need to be filled in from scratch. As with academies, Edubase must be updated regularly where information about those governing changes.
Governing boards will still have to publish details on their websites.
New advice from DfE on parental complaints
Department for Education (DfE) has released new departmental advice in regard to school complaints.
A key change is that the advice goes into much more detail about how schools can deal with unreasonable (which were previously known as vexatious) complaints.
Governors Services are currently updating their model Complaints guidance which will be issued shortly.
Governance Handbook - November 2015
On Thursday 26 November, the Department for Education (DfE) released its latest edition of the Governance Handbook (previously Governors’ Handbook). This handbook is an essential resource for governors and trustees.
Statutory school polices 2014
This is the latest DfE guidance on statutory policies for schools.