This week I highlight a new free governor webinar on supporting pupils wellbeing from a strategic position, updated guidance for schools confirming secondary school pupils must wear face coverings in communal areas and confirmation from Ofsted that Autumn term interim visits will be conducted remotely.
New free webinar: Supporting pupil wellbeing from a strategic position on Thursday 12 November from 12 to 1pm
This webinar is designed to help governors understand how they can support and improve provision for pupil mental health in their role. A panel of experts and educators will talk about how governors can support pupil wellbeing while remaining strategic. Discussion will focus on typical wellbeing governor activities, ways to monitor and measure impact, how to help create a culture of wellbeing and ways this can be built into the school strategy.
- Panellists include:
- Kaley Foran – The Key for School Governors
- Kelly Hannaghan – Wellbeing in education consultant
- John Midgley – Chair of Governors, Bradleys Both Community Primary School, North Yorkshire
- Nikki Hall – Youth Mental Health Champion / Nicky Corfield, Headteacher, Kingmoor Infant and Nursery School, Carlisle
Please use this link to register for the webinar.
Face coverings now mandatory in secondary schools
The wearing of face coverings will become mandatory in communal areas of all secondary schools from Monday next week. Following the announcement of the Government’s decision to hold another month-long lockdown from yesterday, the DfE published updated guidance for schools.
Until now, face coverings in communal areas have only been mandatory in some areas subject to local lockdown restrictions. This change extends the requirement to schools nationwide.
Ofsted to continue interim visits remotely during second lockdown
Ofsted has stated that they will conduct Autumn term interim visits remotely where possible. Regulatory work will continue to be carried out when responding to concerns around unregistered schools, safeguarding and breakdowns in leadership.
Prior to the announcement of the second national lockdown, Ofsted intended to restart full inspections in January 2021. The inspectorate has not yet specified whether the date to restart full inspections will be changed or reviewed as a result of the second lockdown.