Friday Update – 9 January 2015

To kick off this year’s Updates we highlight the Framework for Governance which has just been launched, revised guidance on the new School Food Standards and the outcome of the consultation on the 2014 School and Early Years Finance Regulations.  

NEW FRAMEWORK FOR GOVERNANCE LAUNCHED
Yesterday the National Governors’ Association and the Wellcome Trust launched the Framework for Governance which sets out how Governing boards can evaluate their own practice, using the updated All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Twenty Key Questions for a Governing board, to ask itself how to set the strategic direction for a school; and how to monitor progress against the strategy using high-level performance indicators that go much further than just exam results.

Some Governing bodies might want to look at this new Framework in terms of self evaluation.

GUIDANCE ON NEW SCHOOL FOOD STANDARDS
As reported in the last Friday Update of 2014 the new School Food Standards became mandatory from 5 January. The Department for Education has now updated its guidance on the requirements to provide food to registered pupils together with information on the School Food Plan, the provision of milk and the free fruit and vegetables scheme. Pages 6 and 7 are of particular interest as they explain Governing bodies responsibilities.

OUTCOME OF CONSULTATION ON THE SCHOOL AND EARLY YEARS FINANCE (ENGLAND) REGULATIONS 2014
The Department for Education consulted on the School and Early Years Finance (England) Regulations 2014 from 8 August to 17 October 2014. To a large degree, the 2014 Regulations re-enact provisions in the School and Early Years Finance (England) Regulations 2013 but the Department for Education consulted on some changes. These were in relation to:

  • schools forum composition;
  • preventing the use of the dedicated schools grant for 19 to 25 year olds in special schools and special academies;
  • the value of alternative provision places;
  • the early years pupil premium;
  • the determination of budgets for new maintained schools and those recently opened who are still adding year groups;
  • excluded early years providers.

The consultation response document has now been published which provides full details on the Government’s response.