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 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 Department for Education has updated its guidance on school uniforms. The key factors are, that:
When considering how the school uniform should be sourced governing bodies should give highest priority to the consideration of cost and value for money for parents. School uniforms should be easily available for parents to purchase and schools should seek to select items that can be purchased cheaply. Compulsory branded items should be kept to a minimum and schools should
avoid specifying expensive items of uniform. Governing bodies should be able to demonstrate that they have obtained the best value for money from suppliers. Schools minister David Laws said: "School uniforms can be an important sign of identity and pride, but at a time when many family
budgets are squeezed parents should not be forced to spend more than they need to. We will send a strong signal to schools that it is vital to secure value for money for parents before changing or introducing new school uniforms." You can find the guidance at
The NSPCC has opened a new campaign called Now I Know, to teach nine to 11 year olds about abuse, self-protection and getting help. NSPCC research shows that, on average, at least two
children in every primary classroom will have suffered some form of abuse or neglect.
The ChildLine Schools Service (a service provided by the NSPCC) is a move towards preventative work designed to equip children with the knowledge they need to act with confidence if they fear abuse. So far the service has already visited 270,895 children in 3,956 schools, and has proved popular with parents and teachers.
You can find more about this in a BBC article at
The link to the NSPCC's website is www.nspcc.org.uk
Mike Brown, of SMBC's Services for Young People, has sent us the following news
A report published by Ofsted today finds that the arrangements for careers guidance in schools are not working well enough. Three quarters of the schools visited for the survey were not implementing their duty to provide impartial careers advice effectively. The survey also finds that guidance for schools on careers advice is not explicit, the National Careers Service is not promoted well enough and there is a lack of employer engagement in schools.
The report examines the quality of careers advice since September 2012 when schools were given the legal responsibility to provide this service to students aged 14 – 16. The survey looked at the extent to which young people in this age-range, in the 60 schools that inspectors visited, were receiving impartial careers advice in order to make informed decisions about their future.
Very few of the schools visited knew how to provide a service effectively or had the skills and expertise needed to provide a comprehensive service. Few schools had bought in adequate service from external sources. -read here- The Government's response is at -read here-
STOCKPORT GOVERNORS' CONFERENCE 2014
Put the date in your diary NOW! Stockport Governors' Conference 2014 will be on
SATURDAY, MARCH 29th, 2014
GOVAS and the Governor Support Officers at the Town Hall are working together on the detail of the Conference, and already have some ideas to make it the best ever. But it's not too late to have your suggestions, so if you have an good ideas let us know and we can feed them into the process. We're interested in topics for workshops as well as topics for short presentations, so get your Governing Body thinking.
STOCKPORT GOVERNOR TRAINING
You should have received the Training Schedule from SMBC from your GB clerk. If not, contact your clerk and have a copy sent to you. There are new courses on
· Evaluating the impact of the Pupil Premium grant,
· School self-evaluation,
· Teaching and learning, and
· Understanding data.
Have all your more recently appointed governor completed the New Governor Training? If not, encourage them to do so this year. Do you have
Lord Nash, the government minister responsible for governance, has announce that funding for governance training is to be doubled. The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) will be developing more training for governors on the key priority issues (financial efficiency, performance data, and performance-related pay), increasing the numbers of National Leaders’
of Governance to 500 (a new application round opens in September) and extending the leadership development programme so that it reaches 6,500 chairs and aspiring chairs by 2015.
He made this announcement at NGA`s Summer Conference. You can find more about Lord Nash`s speech at http://www.nga.org.uk/News/NGA-News/Jan-Aug13/Lord-Nash-announces-double-funding-for-governance.aspx
The latest edition of NGA`s magazine Governing Matters has an interesting article about Governing Body clerks. Those of you who buy into the Stockport`s clerking service will be receiving professional clerking at you main GB meetings. But what happens at your committees? The article makes some points which are relevant for the clerking of any governors` meeting. If you buy into Governor Support your school will be receiving copies of the magazine – so if you don`t see it, ask where it goes to! And remember you can find a useful training module, Effective Minute Writing at Modern Governor. www.moderngovernor.com