Friday Catch up – 23 May 2014

NEW CONSTITUTION REGULATIONS STATUTORY GUIDANCE
The Department for Education (DfE) has now published Statutory Guidance on the amendment to the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012, along with its response to the consultation on the changes.  As expected, the amendment requires all Governing bodies of LA maintained schools to be constituted under the 2012 Constitution Regulations, if they haven’t already done so, by 1 September 2015.

As you have already reconstituted under the 2012 Regulations when you joined the Learning Trust you do not need to do this again.  However, we will need to give consideration to some of the areas highlighted in the Statutory Guidance around recruitment of Governors.  I will prepare a paper for your consideration next half term and we can then plan how we want to move forward during next academic year.

For your information I have provided links to the new Statutory Guidance and the DfE’s response to the consultation here: New statutory guidance on the Constitution Regulations  DfE response to Constitution Regulations consultation

UPDATED GOVERNORS’ HANDBOOK

The DfE has also published a revised version of the Governors’ Handbook Governors’ Handbook May 2014  and the changes include:

  • New section on changes to the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012 and the School Governance (Federations) (England) Regulations 2012
  • More information on the strategic/operational divide
  • Updated information on external reviews of governance
  • Updated content on careers advice

NATIONAL DRIVE TO RECRUIT MORE SCHOOL GOVERNORS

Earlier this month the Inspiring Governors Alliance officially came into being.  The Alliance has the aim of raising the profile of governance and inspiring more employers to encourage their employees to become governors.

The Alliance is a joint initiative by the DfE, the National Governors’ Association, National Coordinators of Governor Services, the CBI, SGOSS and the Education and Employers Taskforce.  Its new website (www.inspiringgovernors.org) was launched on 15 May 2014 with information for potential volunteers, employers and governing bodies.