Friday Update – 13 February 2015

This week I highlight calls for centralised records for Governors and publication of a model form and letter by the Department for Education which schools can send to parents about Early Years Pupil Premium funding.

CALLS FOR CENTRALISED RECORDS FOR ALL GOVERNORS
Following on from the Trojan Horse investigations and the Public Accounts Committee’s report into school oversight, there have been calls for the Department for Education (DfE) to maintain centralised records of details for all state school governors.

David Simmonds, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People board, warned that without records beyond individual schools it was difficult to see patterns of whether individuals had become governors in a number of different places.

The DfE has pointed out that from September 2014 Academies have been required to publish the register of interest for their trustees and members of local governing boards on their websites and such registers must include details of trusteeships or governor positions held at other educational positions, regardless of whether these carry a pecuniary interest.

Currently, the advice from the DfE is that maintained schools publish a full list of the governors on their website. As reported in a previous Update the DfE has also consulted on whether it should be mandatory for LA maintained schools to do this and it is expected that this would become a requirement from September 2015.

DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION EARLY YEARS PUPIL PREMIUM FORM AND LETTER FOR PARENTS
The Department for Education (DfE) has published a model form and letter for schools to send to parents about the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP). Schools with Early Years provision are responsible for identifying which of their pupils may be eligible for the EYPP and for passing that information on to their local authority. The model form aims to help schools identify which pupils are eligible for the EYPP, and the DfE recommends that schools ask all parents and guardians, regardless of family income or circumstances, to complete the form when they enrol their child. Schools can use the template letter to explain to parents what the EYPP is when you ask them to fill in the form. The completed form should then be shared with the local authority so they can run the necessary checks and make sure schools receive the EYPP funding they are entitled to.