Free Governors Conference – Friday 3 September 2021

Welcome back! In the first week of this new academic year I highlight a free Governors for Schools Conference and the latest updates from the DfE and the NGA.

Governors for Schools Conference 20-24 September 2021
In this first Governors for School Conference there will be five days of talks and workshops for governors, schools, and partners.  Each day participants will explore a variety of topical governance and education related issues, from skills development to the future of the role itself, led by key names in the education sector. 

To find out more about each session and book your place to attend please use this link to access the website.

DfE and NGA updates
Carbon dioxide monitors in schools – CO2 monitors will be provided to schools from September so staff can quickly identify where ventilation needs to be improved. The majority of the monitors will become available over the Autumn term, with special schools and alternative provision prioritised to receive their full allocation from September given their higher-than-average numbers of vulnerable pupils.

Keeping Children Safe in Educationstatutory guidance which sets out what schools must do to comply with the law.  All governors need to read Part 1 of the guidance.

Sexual violence and harassment between children in schools – updated advice for schools on how to prevent and respond to reports of sexual violence and harassment between children. The advice sets out what sexual violence and sexual harassment is, how to minimise the risk of it occurring and what to do when it does occur or is alleged to have occurred.

New School Admissions Code – it is the responsibility of admission authorities to ensure that their admission arrangements are compliant with this Code. Where a school is their own admission authority, this responsibility falls to the governing body or Academy Trust.

NGA Governing body Code of Conduct – the content of the model code is largely unchanged from 2020; however, the Nolan Principles are now included in full and three new statements have been added, which cover equalities, inclusive practice and the expectation that those governing on academy committees (local governing boards) will abide by their scheme of delegation.

NGA Skills Audit – the new audit aims to make the process more manageable both for individuals completing and those evaluating the results.  Make it easier for individuals to use their audit to build their own development plans.  Make it easier for those evaluating the results to identify whole governing body development priorities (such as recruitment, whole governing body training or e-learning) and make clear recommendations.   There is also a new skills dashboard allows the governing body’s audit responses to be readily copied and pasted, makes it easier to identify priorities for the whole governing body and signposts to helpful resources, development and training opportunities to meet those priorities.