Governor training opportunities – Friday 1 October 2021

This week I highlight various governor training opportunities, new non statutory guidance for teaching Maths at KS3, information on how schools can apply for a grant for senior mental health lead training and confirmation of adaptations in the 2022 summer exams series.

Governor training
Governors for Schools Governance of Safeguarding in 2021 Webinar on 7 October from 8-9am: focussing on the new version of Keeping Children Safe in Education which came into force on 1 September, this webinar will explore the key changes that those in governance need to know about in order to ensure they have effective strategic oversight of this vital aspect of all schools’ work. To register use this link to go to the website.

Careers & Enterprise Company free Online learning module on Careers Awareness – the aim of this module is to equip governors with the knowledge needed to provide appropriate support and challenge, to ensure that all students receive high quality careers education. To complete the module use this link to go to the website.

NTLT Trust Governor Workshops – a range of sessions are being provided through this academic year; all being delivered remotely using Zoom. Governors can upskill in areas including Pupil Premium, understanding data, finance, preparing for Ofsted inspection. Please contact me if you would like to book a place on a session as there are two places per school available on a first come, first served basis.

DfE publications: non statutory guidance for teaching Maths at KS3 and information on senior mental health lead training

Guidance for teaching Maths at KS3 – this week new non statutory guidance was published which builds on the non statutory guidance for primary schools. It aims to identify the significant ideas that are needed for pupils to progress in their study of maths and demonstrate how they can build their understanding of these concepts at KS3 in the context of the wider curriculum.

Grant funding for senior mental health lead training – DfE is offering a grant for a senior member of school staff to access quality assured training to implement an effective whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing. The grant (£1,200) is provided to cover (or contribute to) the cost of attending a quality assured course and may also be used to hire supply staff whilst leads are engaged in learning.

The grants will be available to around a third of all state schools and colleges this financial year and a waiting list will be created with future grant funding to be confirmed in the spring of 2022. The online grant application service will become available later this term.

Adaptations in 2022 summer exams to ensure fairness for students
Following a public consultation, the government and Ofqual yesterday confirmed GCSE, AS and A level exams in England next summer will be adapted to ensure fairness for students whose learning has been disrupted due to the pandemic. Changes include a choice of topics in some GCSE exams like English literature and history; advance information on the focus of exams to focus students’ revision in subjects where there is not a choice of topics; and support materials like formulae sheets in maths.

Ofqual has also set out its approach to grading with next year a transition year to reflect the recovery period, with grade boundaries to be set by exam boards reflecting a midway point between 2021 and 2019 – so that more students get higher grades in 2022 than before the pandemic. This approach will provide a safety net for this year’s students as well as a step back to normality, with results expected to return to the usual grade profile by 2023.