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Weekly DfE Publications
21 May
To help you keep updated with the latest publications from the DfE - please find a summary attached for week commencing 14/05/2018
Governor Wellbeing
18 May
Dear Governor, How are you? No, seriously, how are You? When did someone last ask you, in your role as a governor, how you were, whether you needed any help with the ‘workload’ of governance or whether you needed someone to talk to? As governors (and trustees too of course) we spend time ensuring that the wellbeing of staff is forefront in our minds especially these days. As governors we are fully aware of the increased pressures faced by teachers and leaders in our schools and academies – funding, safeguarding, workload, recruitment, performance management, academisation, the list goes on. Are there times when you feel somewhat overwhelmed by the work of being a governor? You are not alone. Many other governors feel the same way. We are dedicated to getting the job ‘right’; we do the job of governing because we want to ‘make a difference’ and, let’s be honest, this role can be challenging at times. Being the chair or vice chair of the board or a committee, or the safeguarding or SEND governor, has additional pressures, some of which may keep you awake at night. We need to acknowledge this pressure; perhaps some of our school leaders could be a little more aware sometimes as well. Governance is a two-way street after all don’t you think? Some simple ways to help support your wellbeing could be to build and grow a support network, to remember to delegate (you don’t have to carry the burden alone), to take the time to reflect and to ask for help when you need it. There is help available for governors in the system[1] and a problem shared can surely improve our collective knowledge in the long run. The building and sustaining of positive relationships[2] on our boards is also important because when this goes wrong it can have a negative impact on our wellbeing. Ask yourself are our meetings respectful, challenging, of a reasonable length, starting at a reasonable time with a quality agenda? Are our meetings chaired by someone who is well prepared and knowledgeable? Is my voice heard? Have you thought if these things are impinging on the effectiveness of your board? Other ways to support well being are school based – planning ahead with a good agenda, a clear policy planner, meeting calendar – setting our expectations for each other, growing our team. Many schools now have a governor with a responsibility for mental health and wellbeing – if you have someone in this role does it cover being supportive and understanding of the needs of the governing board as well, quite rightly, of the staff team? No doubt we’ll talk again about wellbeing but in the meantime please be kind to yourself and remember when governance is effective, it empowers us all. Yours, Another Governor To find out more about how we support governors and clerks, visit www.GovernorSpace.co.uk [1] National Leaders of Governance have a remit to support through both coaching and mentoring. A list of NLG can be found here or through an internet search. Support is available at no cost. [2] What governing boards should expect from school leaders and what school leaders should expect from governing boards’ – NGA, NAHT, ASCL, LGA – June 2017.
Weekly DfE Pubications
14 May
To help you keep updated with the latest publications from the DfE - please find a summary attached for week commencing 07/05/2018
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22 May
WEBINAR - Meeting the Needs of Two Year Olds
During this interactive webinar, we will examine child development in relation to two year olds and the important role of the key person. We will explore the main characteristics of an enabling learning environment and focus on identifying best practice within the three prime areas of learning. Finally, we will consider ways to promote positive partnership working with parents and other professionals.
23 May
Primary English Network
An opportunity to hear all the latest news, receive practical ideas and network with colleagues from a range of settings. These primary meetings focus on sharing up to date news and advice; you will also leave the meeting with ideas for a recommended text that can be used to inspire learning across the primary phase.
23 May
The Careers Strategy & The Quality in Careers Standard – Delivering high quality IAG
The course is aimed at Careers Leaders and managers with responsibility in schools and colleges, schools or college staff with involvement in the delivery of careers and guidance practitioners. It will give an overview of requirements of the careers Strategy and will provide insight in to the planning, delivery and evaluation of Careers Guidance provision in an education institution. This will be from policy level to delivery. The 2018 revision of Quality in Careers, which has been fully aligned with the eight Gatsby Benchmarks for “Good Career Guidance” will be launched at this conference.