New Governing body guidance on being strategic – Friday 9 March 2018

This week I highlight new guidance for Governing bodies on being strategic, confirmation from the DfE that it won’t be pursuing proposals for mandatory reporting relating to child abuse and neglect and the Care Quality Commission’s call for Ofsted to inspect how well schools respond to pupils’ mental health needs.

New guidance – Being Strategic: A guide for governing boards
The NGA and Wellcome have published Being Strategic: a guide for governing boards to assist governors and trustees in their strategic role in ensuring clarity of vision and strategic direction. This new publication comes three years after their original guide A Framework for Governance was released.

Following extensive feedback and consultation with governors, trustees and senior leaders, drawing on practical experience and real-life examples, the document offers a robust annual cycle for creating, monitoring and reviewing strategy. It provides advice, poses questions for governing bodies on each stage of the cycle, and supports school leaders in taking a broad and long-term perspective.

DfE reverses ‘mandatory reporting’ proposals
On Monday, the DfE announced that following a consultation it won’t be taking forward proposals for mandatory reporting relating to child abuse and neglect. Almost 70% of the consultation respondents said mandatory reporting could adversely impact the child protection system and 85% said it would not in itself lead to appropriate action being taken to protect children.

CQC calls for inspection of schools’ response to mental health needs
This week the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published its review of children and young people’s mental health services and has called for Ofsted to inspect how well schools respond to pupils’ mental health needs. When Ofsted develops its new inspection framework, which is due to be in place from September 2019, the CQC has urged it to account for the affect “school life and the curriculum” have on children’s mental health.

The CQC also suggests that this should include looking at how effective the new senior leads for mental health, set out in the Government’s Mental Health green paper at the end of last year, have been.

 

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