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“More needs to be done” by the government and schools to reassure parents of school safety according to new survey
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Huge successes for NGA's DfE- funded Leading Governance programmesAs nearly 1,500 chairs, vice-chairs and aspiring chairs have now accessed the DfE-funded De- velopment for Chairs programme. NGA’s Leading Governance team and NGA con- sultants are working hard to deliver leadership development training for the 814 board leaders who are signed up to the Development for Chairs programme. Participants are adapt- ing well to virtual delivery with many re- porting that they will be taking the format back to their own governing boards and their places of work. NGA’s Development for Clerks programme has 394 active learners all working towards their ac- credited level 3 qualification, and all of our 96 cohorts are being delivered virtually, spanning the length and breadth of England.
Annual General Meeting noticeTo assist with the ongoing and proper governance of the Company, the Annual General Meeting for 2020 will be held online in accordance with government guidance and The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020. On Saturday 28 November 2020, Emma Knights will deliver the Annual Address at 2:00 pm followed by the AGM at 3:30 pm. The full notice of the AGM and supporting documents is on our constitution and accounts web page.
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House of Commons Education Select Committee reports on grading systemFollowing the ‘Getting the grades they’ve earned’ report produced by the Education Select Committee last week, the committee has called on Ofqual to demonstrate how they have ensured a level of “fairness” for standardising grades. The report highlights the potential risk of “bias and discrimination against already disadvantaged groups”, noting concerns that the standardisation model “does not appear to include any mechanism to identify” whether groups have been systematically disadvantaged by calculated grades.
The committee identifies five ways of making the system fairer:
1. Publishing their standardisation model so that it can be debated and scrutinized as the current model does not seem to acknowledge those who are systemically disadvantaged;
2. Ofqual to publish the evidence thresholds as while pupils can appeal their grade, the methods for doing this may not be accessible for those who are most at risk;
3. Provide evidence for grading for SEND pupils’ families so where there are concerns about grades teachers much be able to provide evidence-based reasoning for their decisions;
4. An advice system and helpline which will be accessible to pupils concerned about their grades and can be used by staff;
5. Continuing support from the government including guidance now that they have provided pupils with an opportunity to sit exams at the earliest occasion (however, the committee itself does support proposals to delay exams if possible).
Despite the best efforts of schools to provide continuity of education for all pupils during lockdown, there is no doubt that disadvantaged pupils will have experienced greater challenges than most of their peers. As school leaders and staff deal with the factors outlined in ASCL’s new guidance on results days in 2020, governing boards should be mindful of the challenges school staff face when interacting with students who believe they have been disadvantaged by this year’s process. Governing boards will want to seek assurances that the organisation is doing all it possibly can to support students to progress to the next stage of their education or employment. You can read more on the role of governing boards in reducing the impact of COVID-19 school closures on disadvantaged pupils here.
Ofsted’s annual report and accounts releasedThis week, Ofsted released their annual report and accounts document which is the first since the implementation of the Education Inspection Framework last Autumn. The report outlines Ofsted’s performance, the structure of Ofsted and the key discussions on the board from 2019-20.
Key findings according to the report include:
• The overall response to the new framework was positive following an inspection of over 11,000 education providers in total.
• Around nine in 10 providers stated that they were ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with the inspection experience.
• In comparison to independent schools, state schools were less satisfied with their inspections.
• Initial findings suggest that a minimised focus on data has led to a reduction in teacher workload in some schools and further research will be published later in the year.
• 81% of parents found their child’s setting’s inspection report useful and nearly nine out of 10 parents know their child’s setting’s Ofsted rating.
• Over 600 Ofsted staff have been redeployed to support with the response to the coronavirus since March which included support in local authorities, on the frontline and other governmental departments.
A view from the board: Ofsted’s new Education Inspection Framework, provides insights and key learning looking directly at the experiences from governors and trustees whose schools had undergone an Ofsted inspection pre-COVID under the new inspection framework. You can also listen to episode 2 of our new podcast series, Governing Chatters, which explores these findings further here.
NGA continue to follow Ofsted’s most recent announcement about plans for school visits in the autumn term, as stated in last week’s newsletter, many of you have made it very plain that a published letter with next steps might not feel supportive during an exceedingly busy term, and we are in dialogue with Ofsted about the detail of their plans in an effort to ensure the visits are truly collaborative and not inspectorial.
New Edition of Welcome to Governance availableNGA is pleased to announce that the latest edition of its induction guide Welcome to Governance is now available
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How NGA can support governors and trustees around OfstedNGA continues to support governors and trustees and work with Ofsted around the new Ofsted inspection framework. Members can find details on guidance, e-learning and research aimed at ensuring that governance remains a prominent element in the Ofsted inspection process.
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