Friday Update – 4 September 2015

Welcome back after the Summer break, I hope you are all refreshed and ready for the new academic year ahead. This week I highlight updated statutory guidance on the constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools and the publication of the new Ofsted Framework.

UPDATED STATUTORY GUIDANCE ON THE CONSTITUTION OF GOVERNING BODIES OF MAINTAINED SCHOOLS
As anticipated the statutory guidance on the constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools was updated at the end of last month. From 1 September Governing bodies are required to publish governors’ details and the register of interests on their school websites. As we will have some work to do to ensure we meet the new requirements I will be providing a full update paper at our Governing body meetings this term.

Also included in the guidance is greater flexibility of terms of office for governors. Although the maximum term of office remains four years, governing bodies can now specify in the instrument of government that the term of office for an individual governor within a particular category may be between one and four years, as determined by the appointing body at the time of appointment.

NEW OFSTED FRAMEWORK PUBLISHED
At the end of August Ofsted published the final versions of the new Common Inspection Framework (CIF) and inspection handbooks which came in to effect from 1 September.

Ofsted’s National Director for Education (a new role to align with the Common Inspection Framework), Sean Harford, published a blog to accompany the revised guidance, explaining the various changes that had been made to the final versions since the documents were published in draft form back in June. Note this includes a new set of criteria specific to governance.

Inspectors will also assess the arrangements schools have in place to promote pupils’ welfare and prevent radicalisation and extremism.

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