Bulletins

Give three cheers for failure - give it a Gold Star

An article which looks at the puzzling complexities of the education world which lead to understanding why collaboration, cooperation, communication is so important. Read more...

Why are you in School Goverance?

You may think what sort of impertinence is in that question, after all what I do with my time and money is up to me. True but the question I am asked most by governors Read more...

An Exciting Change – Opportunity or the same old? by Geoffrey Hackett

Another in my series of articles to provoke action in formulating our School-Led System. Challenge - A story for two readers

The Current Bulletin

Spring 2020

Welcome to new Chair Fred Greaves ..................... 1

DfE Plan to Remove funding for Courses............... 2

SAfE– The Journey so far ...................................... 3

Cognus Governor Service Team ............................ 5

Annual report of the Chief Schools Adjudicator ... 6

Ofsted commentary on school funding................... 7

News form NGA.............. .................................... 11

DfE the New department ...................................... 12

Editorial ‘why are you in Governance?’............... 14

Orbis on Fraud and Financial Irregularity............. 19

Strictly Governor focused courses ....................... 23

Bits and pieces for the diary ................................. 26

Come Back Soon .................................................. 27


SCC Bulletin forword with Liz Mills

Dear colleagues

I want to start this update by saying thank you for the extraordinary effort and measures that you have been taking to put education provision in place for today, Monday 23 March. Most of you will....Read More


SGA AGM Conference 2019

Geoffrey Hackett Chair of SGA gave a warm welcome to the stalwart and dedicated Governors and Trustees of Surrey in their annual Conference and AGM.
At Denbies on the 2nd November where sheltered from the stormy weather outside and isolated from the TV networks showing a rather special sporting occasion, they took a deep dive into the new school curriculum with the help of some very able, knowledgeable and insightful speakers on a subject that is becoming more and more of interest to good governance they were
1. Chris Hodges Headteacher Cleves School
Creativity within the curriculum including aspects that feature in the new Ofsted framework such as intent and progression.
2. Wendy Newton Head of Children & Young People - Active Surrey
Appropriate spending & accountability of the Primary
PE & Sport Premium funding.
3. Prof. Dr Anne Bamford OBE Strategic Director of the Education, Culture and Skills for the City of London
The value of a creative curriculum.
4. Matthew Purves Ofsted Deputy Director for Schools Policy
Update on the new Education Inspection Framework, focus on the curriculum and the way Governors and Trustees carry out their role.

Their slide presentations are contained in the combined presentation below which is downloadable except the slides of Prof. Dr Anne Bamford OBE are only available to attendees at the conference.
The Chair’s annual report is also available here.
In a few day time the conference reports will become available all of which will be part of the Autumn Bulletin

SGA AGM 2019 Presentation


SGA Chairs Report 2019

Recent Bulletins

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Autumn 2019

Summer 2019

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Winter 2018/19


For other bulletins try looking in our Archive

Winter Bulletin 2019/20

Also available to download or print

Surrey Governance Association

Geoffrey Hackett
SGA Chair

Annual report to the
members 2019



Like all years one tends to write the Chair’s Report at the last few days before the AGM often in the hope that something exciting will happen. This year has been something of an exception, the Chair’s Report has been written in the last few days but not in the hope that something interesting would turn up but because so much has been going on of late, that it was again left to burning much midnight oil over the last few nights. When I set out to recall the year apart from my diary, my planner and my meeting notes I have had a quick look at last year’s Report to see how and where we have moved forward. Read more...

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Developing a schools-led local partnership in Surrey

From my previous role as Head of School Effectiveness in Surrey until 2016 and as interim Regional Schools’ Com- missioner, I know that Surrey schools are amongst some of the best in the country with our children and young people consistently achieving great outcomes. Read more on Page 5

Are you an Inclusive school or are you just missing out.

That there are very many hard working and dedi- cated people in Surrey education is not in doubt and the results overall would tend to reflect that these achievements have been gained in a system which has been very stable for the last 14 or more years but systems become dated and time, tech- nology, economy and society has moved on. Read more on page 12

The SGA Summer bulletin

has a quick guide to using this website and can be viewed as a PDF there is also a new site map on the home page


"Character and Resilience are key to social Mobility"

says Education Secretary Damian Hinds in the Lead article of the SGA Summer Bulletin open the PDF here


The challenge of the century for all in Surrey Governance

An article by Geoffrey Hackett listing some of the potential challenges to some Governors in some schools today the question is do any of these affect you Read more...

Are you receiving your SGA Bulletins

Some Governors and Trustees have said they did not receive the last bulletin. We have traditionally circulated through schools via Headteachers and Clerks but names change and some items become diverted to junk mail. If you are not receiving your copy and borrowing a friends, you can ask us to send your copies direct to you .Simply send your email address and the school’s name where you govern to admin@surreygovernance.org.uk. Membership is currently free to all Surrey Governors and Trustees

The SGA Bulletins - are for everyone in Surrey education



Why don't you share your Governors experiences with colleagues through the pages of the SGA website and termly bulletins? Please email any contribution you wish to include from 50 - 500 words ideally as a word document with any pictures via admin@surreygovernors.org.uk



Contributions and Reports from speakers and correspondents including SGA conference Winter 2019/20

Chris Hodges Review Wendy Newton Review Prof. Anne Branford OBE Review Matthew Purves Review