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 latest Fischer Family Trust (FFT) Governor Dashboard for primary schools is now available. This updated version contains 2013 key stage 2 results, improved gauges, and new Department for Education indicators. The FFT Governor Dashboard helps school governors hold schools to account, support and challenge the leadership team, and make more informed strategic decisions. It is essential reading for all governors. If you are a primary school governor, ask your school how to access this information.
The updated secondary dashboard will be available in mid-October
MPs will be debating school governors and school improvement on October 8th at 12.30. This is a good opportunity to raise the profile of governors with your MP. Please e-mail your MP asking them to attend. You can find the address on the Parliament UK website. Please include your school's name in the e-mail so your MP knows it is in their constituency.
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.
For those of you who like to be able to identify the legislation under which you do your work as a governor, The School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013 came into force on 1st September 2013. The new regulations amalgamate three previous sets of regulations as well as make a number of relatively minor amendments. You can find out more in the National Governors' Association's Q&A at
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