Friday Update – 18 December 2015

Merry Christmas to all Governors and a Happy New Year

In the final Update before Christmas I have highlighted new guidance from the NGA on the statutory framework for school governance, the DfE’s updated Myths and Facts document, a new consultation on staffing and employment advice for schools, the Government’s vision for apprenticeships to 2020 and the publication of a report in to PE and Sports Premium funding in primary schools.

NEW NATIONAL GOVERNORS’ ASSOCIATION (NGA) GUIDANCE ON STATUTORY FRAMEWORK FOR SCHOOL GOVERNANCE
This new guidance provides a practical overview of the legal framework in which governing bodies of maintained schools and academy trust boards must operate. A helpful read for new Governors and a good reminder for experienced Governors, it explores the legal requirements that school’s governance arrangements must comply with, including how the membership of the board is decided, how meetings will be held and how decisions will be made.

UPDATED DFE MYTHS AND FACTS DOCUMENT PUBLISHED
The DfE has published a revised version of its Myths and Facts document for schools.

CONSULTATION STAFFING AND EMPLOYMENT ADVICE FOR SCHOOLS
The Government is seeking views on plans to revise its guidance on managing staff employment in schools. The revised non-statutory advice ‘Staffing and Employment Advice for Schools’ has been prepared to replace the department’s statutory Guidance on Managing Staff Employment in Schools.

GOVERNMENT VISION FOR APPRENTICESHIPS TO 2020
The Department for Education (DfE) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) have outlined the Government’s vision for apprenticeships until 2020. This revolves around improving the quality of apprenticeship provision, raising the profile and financial benefit of apprenticeships with employers and helping young people get into apprenticeships and work. Although much of this document is aimed at employers, it is useful for governors to know how the government intend to reform apprenticeships and what impact this will have upon schools and 6th forms.

PUBLICATION OF REPORT INTO PE AND SPORTS PREMIUM FUNDING IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS
The DfE has published its research into the PE and sport premium, its use and effect in primary schools.