Free webinars for governors – Friday 24 January 2020

This week I highlight the latest series of free webinars offered by Governors for Schools, the announcement that LA maintained schools can join the insurance scheme already available to academies, that free sanitary products are now available to order for all schools and colleges and notice that the Education Secretary has outlined pay increases for teachers to the STRB.

New programme of free webinars for governors
Supported by Lloyds Banking Group, Governors for Schools has announced another series of free webinars for governors as follows:

  • Safer recruitment (with Better Governor) on Thursday 30 January 2020 from 8 to 9 am – will look at what governors need to know about safer recruitment procedures, criminal record and other vetting checks, and the training governors and staff involved in recruitment should undertake.
  • Managing exclusions (with The Key for School Governors) on Tuesday 11 February from 12:30 to 1:30 pm – will set out boards’ specific legal duties in relation to pupil exclusions. Explore how boards can monitor exclusion levels effectively. This can help to provide assurance that exclusion is being used proportionately and in a non-discriminatory manner.
  • Behaviour and attitudes in the new Ofsted framework (with Better Governor) on Thursday 27 February from 8:00 to 9:00 am – will explore in detail this element of Ofsted’s recently updated inspection framework. The new judgement covers behaviour, attendance, exclusion and attitudes to learning.
  • Reputation management (with Irwin Mitchell Solicitors) on Tuesday 10 March from 12:30 to 1:30 pm – will look at how to manage a school’s reputation when the world of social media reigns: when to engage and when not to engage.
  • Personal Development in the new Ofsted framework (with Better Governor) on Thursday 26 March from 8 to 9 am – will explore in detail this element of Ofsted’s recently updated inspection framework. The new judgement covers many aspects of personal development including confidence, character, personal safety and readiness for the next stage of education.

If you are interested in signing up for any of the webinars listed above please use this link.

LA maintained schools to be allowed to join the RPA from April 2020
This week the Government published its response to the consultation carried out late last year on whether the existing risk protection arrangement scheme for academies and free schools could be extended to maintained schools.

From mid-March LA maintained schools will be able to join the RPA using the DfE’s online portal. The cover will start from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 and whilst voluntary, could provide savings for maintained schools as cover costs just £18 per pupil.

Free sanitary products for all schools and colleges
From Monday this week, schools and colleges are able to order a range of sanitary products from supplier phs Group, giving pupils easy access, helping break down stigmas and ensure no young person’s education is disrupted.

Schools and colleges should have received an activation email from the phs Group on Monday which will enable them to order products from the phs Group portal – a range of products will be available so that schools and colleges can offer choice to young people, including eco-friendly options.

Teachers set for biggest sustained pay increase since 2005
Under proposals submitted on Tuesday to the independent School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB), the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has outlined plans to increase starting salaries to at least £26,000 in September 2020, with those in outer and inner London to rise to £30,000 and £32,000 respectively. Experienced teachers, heads and school leaders would see an above inflation pay increase of 2.5% to their pay ranges, with early career teachers’ salaries increasing by up to 6.7%, supporting an attractive career path for the whole profession.

The STRB will now consider the Department’s proposals and respond with their recommendations later in the year.