This week I’ve provided a link to Ofsted’s Lead for Governance you tube video on questions Governors might be asked by Ofsted Inspectors, information on the phonics roadshows being offered by the Department for Education and calls by doctors and academics to ban tackling in school rugby.
Thanks to Sheena Lewington for sharing this insight from Belita Scott, Ofsted’s National Lead for Governance, who provides some examples of what governors might be asked during inspection.
DFE ANNOUNCES A SERIES OF PHONICS ROADSHOWS
To mark World Book Day yesterday, Schools Minister Nick Gibb announced a series of events to help schools share best practice and help children become confident readers. The new drive has been launched in response to the latest phonics screening check results, which show that despite strong progress there are still regional variations in the proportion of children reaching the expected standard in reading by the end of year 1. The North East roadshow is taking place at Bishopton Redmarshall C of E Primary School in Stockton on Tees on 15 March and there are only 2 places left.
CALLS FOR SCHOOLS TO BAN TACKLING IN RUGBY
In an open letter to ministers more than 70 doctors and academics are calling for a ban on tackling in rugby matches played in UK and Irish schools as they say injuries from this “high-impact collision sport” can have lifelong consequences for children.
Supporters say rugby builds character and other forms are less challenging and a spokesman for the Department for Education said: “Team sports, such as rugby, play an important role in developing character… we expect schools to be aware of the risks associated with sporting activities and to provide a safe environment for pupils.”