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.
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-
When did you last have a report to your Governing Body about how digital technology is being used in your school? You spend a lot of your budget on IT, the physical machines and equipment, resources and staffing. Do you know how effectively it is being used? You can find a few pointers as to questions you could be asking at -Click Image-
Education Secretary Michael Gove has announced his plans for reforming GCSEs. Ofqual has released a consultation on the assessment arrangements for the proposed new exam, and NGA is inviting our views on the proposals. You can find the consultation at -Click logo-
The first of two reports from the SEND pathfinder programme has been published. The programme has been underway for 18 months, during which time twenty pathfinder sites have sought to explore how to reform the statutory SEN assessment and statement. The pathfinders have established a number of new processes and you can find the DfE report on the changes and their effect at -click here or icon-
The LA are looking for a Parent governor to sit on this committee. A request has previously gone out, but the one person who responded was ineligible (please see criteria below). Being a member of committees such as this one can have a beneficial effect on your role as a governor and also help your school (Ofsted inspectors usually like this type of involvement!) Please help to raise the profile and voice of Stockport governors by sending an expression of interest to: -This Contact Form link -