Friday Update – 1 May 2015

As you are all aware by going into election purdah, there have not been many releases from the Government, however I have highlighted some links and documents below which you might find helpful in your role as Governor.

WHAT SHOULD SCHOOL LEADERS AND GOVERNORS EXPECT FROM EACH OTHER?
A multi-agency resource was recently published to improve the effectiveness of school governance. ‘What Governing Boards Should Expect From School Leaders And What School Leaders Should Expect From Governing Boards’ is designed to encourage mutual support and respect among school leaders and Governors.

The National Governors’ Association (NGA), the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and the Local Government Association (LGA) have jointly developed the resource, originally released in 2008, to address the changed role of school governance and the challenges this presents.

Some of the expectations this document makes clear are that while Governors must have the confidence to have courageous conversations, in turn, school leaders must be willing to be challenged. Also while Governors must be knowledgeable about the school, including its pupils, staff and community, in turn, school leaders must provide information to them in the appropriate way.

NEW RESEARCH INTO SPORT AND FITNESS IN SCHOOLS
Research from Fit for Sport has shown that high numbers of primary school children are below the recommended level of fitness. From an analysis of 10,000 children, from across 80 different schools, the researchers pulled together the results from their ‘Activity Challenge’ which consisted of three timed activity challenges. These focused on hand/eye and physical coordination, muscular/cardio-vascular endurance and simple catching, jumping and running activities. The findings indicated that:

  • 67% of children did not meet the recommended fitness levels for their age group
  • 24% were well below the recommended fitness levels for their age group
  • less than 20% of children reached their age-related targets in stamina and endurance
  • 40% of 5-7 year olds struggled to do 60 start jumps in 60 seconds
  • only 16% of girls and 21% of boys get the recommended levels of physical activity per week

SUTTON TRUST RELEASES SOCIAL MOBILITY MAP
Social mobility think-tank the Sutton Trust has released a map showing the levels of social mobility in parliamentary constituencies across the country. The map is based on data from five measures:

  • performance of disadvantaged pupils in early years test
  • performance of disadvantaged pupils in Key Stage 2 tests
  • performance of disadvantaged pupils at GCSE
  • progress of non-privileged/disadvantaged pupils to universities
  • progress of non-privileged graduates to professional occupations

The mobility map itself does not include any insight into why certain constituencies have higher social mobility than others, although, the Sutton Trust’s Director of Research and Communications, links the findings to existing evidence. He identifies quality of teaching as being the fundamental issue and suggests high quality professional development could make a substantial difference to school standards.