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.
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At a Governor Live event in Birmingham organised by Modern Governor on Tuesday 25 June Chris Caroe, Head of the School Governance Unit at the DfE,explained its five policy ambitionswhich underpin ministers’ vision of more professionalised school governance:
· To raise the profile of governance and set a clear policy framework.
· To see GB constitution focused more on skills.
· To liberate and empower GBs
· To build the capacity and effectiveness of GBs
· To ensure GBs are held to account for their effectiveness.
Department for Education announces removal of levels: another opportunity to make your voice heard through NGA
On 13 June, Michael Gove announced that the DfE will abolish national curriculum levels and not replace them. The DfE believes that the system of levels is "complicated and difficult to understand, especially for parents" and is too prescriptive to fit with the curriculum freedoms they intend to give schools. Schools will need to build their own assessment framework into their curriculum, as they will still be expected to track pupil progress and report this to parents.
F40 gets sniff of victory in its fight for fair funding of schools
Campaign group f40, which represents the local authorities with the poorest funded schools in England, has welcomed the Chancellor of the Exchequer's confirmation that a new and fairer school funding formula is to be introduced.The promise of a long-awaited national funding formula, to replace the existing discredited arrangements, made by the Chancellor, George Osborne, in his speech launching the Spending Review, has been widely welcomed by f40 members. Councillor Ivan Ould, the chair of the group and Lead Member for Children and Young People's Services at poorly funded Leicestershire County Council, said: "The Coalition
At the end of the 2012-13 Financial Year, the value of school balances increased yet again, by £1.624 million, to £12,487 million, which is equivalent to ~ 9% of the overall delegated budget share.
This is money which we should have spent for the benefit of the children in our schools during that year (i know, it does not help that the financial year does not correspond to the school year, but it does not excuse the level of our balances)
Previously we worked to excess balances levels of 5%
Two new reports have been published about how well disadvantaged children and young people are achieving in school. Although there are some good signs there are still far too many children not reaching their potential – including in schools seen as successful. One is from Ofsted: Unseen children: access and achievement 20 years on. You can download it at -click image-
The second is from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). This one is particularly about secondary schools: Excellence and equity: tackling educational disadvantage in England`s secondary schools. That one can be found at -click image above-
Gardening projects are being shown to improve children`s behaviour as well as their teamwork skills, as several international research studies have recently shown. A primary school in Leeds set up a gardening programme for 20 children at risk of exclusion with great success. In the UK The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has an extensive Campaign for School Gardening which can provide both ideas and support. Go to -click image-