Friday Update – 16 October 2015

This week I provide some advice on how to recruit new Governors, report on the proposed right to request wraparound childcare provision from schools and a consultation on proposals for newly qualified Early Years staff to hold a Paediatric First Aid Certificate.

RECRUITING NEW GOVERNORS
It can sometimes be difficult to find new Governors and I am often asked where Governing bodies can go to for support. There are a number of routes available including registering with:

  • School Governors One Stop Shop (SGOSS) – an independent charity dedicated to recruiting volunteers to serve on school governing bodies across England.
  • Inspiring Governors Alliance – a wide range of organisations demonstrating their commitment to high quality school and college governance. The programme has thousands of employee volunteers with a wide range of skills and experience interested in becoming school governors.

Of course, your skills audits will help you to identify any gaps in expertise and determine how best to recruit. Some schools have also placed adverts in their local post office windows, approached local churches and voluntary organisations or contacted local chambers of trade to help fill gaps on their governing bodies.

NEW RIGHT TO REQUEST WRAPAROUND CHILDCARE PROVISION IN SCHOOLS
Addressing the Conservative party annual conference last week, the Secretary of State for Education, announced that parents would be given a new ‘right to request’ wraparound childcare provision from their children’s school.

Whilst full details weren’t provided Schools Week (newspaper for schools) had access to a briefing note for MPs indicating schools would be “expected” to allow childcare providers to use their sites outside school hours or at times when the sites were used for clubs or activities. A consultation is expected to take place this term to identify and provide models of schools and childcare providers already working together, so that the rule can come into force in September 2016.

CONSULTATION ON PROPOSALS FOR NEWLY QUALIFIED LEVEL 2 OR 3 EARLY YEARS STAFF TO HOLD A PAEDIATRIC FIRST AID CERTIFICATE
The Department of Education has reviewed the current paediatric first aid requirements and is now consulting on proposals for newly qualified level 2 or 3 early years staff to hold a paediatric first aid certificate.

Responses can be made online or via a response form emailed to Consultation.PFA@education.gsi.gov.uk or by post to Paul Oates, Childcare Providers and Regulation, Department for Education, Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BT.

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