Upcoming Governor training – Friday 12 March 2021

This week I highlight upcoming governor training through Governors for Schools and Schools North East, the first meeting of a new action group to boost mental health education and confirmation schools can now apply for funding through the new Turing scheme which replaces the Erasmus+ scheme in the UK.

Governor webinar and conference

  • Thursday 25 March from 12.30-1.30pm – free Governors for Schools webinar on how governors can integrate staff and pupil wellbeing and embed this approach in school culture.  To register please us this link to go to the Governors for Schools website.
  • Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 March Governance conference – Schools North East’s annual conference will feature keynotes from Hannah Stolton, CEO of Governors for Schools looking at how to effectively challenge; Emma Knights, Chief Executive of the National Governance Association looking at a return to strategic working for governing bodies and Belita Scott, Senior HMI for North East, Yorkshire and Humber region, Ofsted.  The cost is £100 for a whole school ticket for a Partner School (£60 single delegate ticket) and £120 for a whole school ticket for a Non-Partner School (£80 single delegate ticket).  To book a place use this link.

New Action Group to boost mental health education
A new coalition of health and education experts met for the first time this week to look at the impact of the pandemic on the mental health and wellbeing of children, young people and education staff across England.  The Education Secretary was joined by ministers from across Government, as well as Youth Mental Health Ambassador Dr Alex George, to discuss how best to respond to the mental health issues of greatest concern including the increase in eating disorders and self-harm among young people, and how to help education staff manage their mental wellbeing.

Turing scheme to open up global study and work opportunities
From today schools, colleges and universities can apply for funding to allow students to study and work across the globe as part of the new Turing Scheme. The programme, backed by £110 million, replaces the Erasmus+ scheme in the UK and will fund 35,000 global exchanges from September 2021, including university study, school exchanges, and industry work placements.

The new scheme aims to improve social mobility, targeting students from disadvantaged backgrounds and areas which did not previously have many students benefiting from Erasmus+, making life-changing opportunities accessible to everyone across the country. The British Council and Ecorys will be targeting disadvantaged parts of the country to promote the scheme to improve take up.  Programme guidance, including information on the application process, has also been published on the Turing Scheme website.