Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

What has changed

The government has updated its guidance for people who are shielding taking into account that COVID-19 disease levels are substantially lower now than when shielding was first introduced.

People who are shielding remain vulnerable and should continue to take precautions but can now leave their home if they wish, as long as they are able to maintain strict social distancing. If you choose to spend time outdoors, this can be with members of your own household. If you live alone, you can spend time
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Training information on this page

To the left are very useful guides on Governors matters.

To the right, a featured piece of learning with video.

Below left under "Coming Events" information on meetings, conferences and training programmes. All of which count towards your CPD.

Below center some well "established" good practice for Governors.

Below right under "Reference", current and useful training and development.

Summer Term Governance Training Programme

Summer 2021 Governance Training Programme

Dear Governors and Clerks,

Despite today’s rather unseasonal weather, I hope this finds you fit and well, and having had a relaxing weekend.

Please find attached the Governance Training programme, for the summer term.

We will continue to deliver our training via webinar for the term. To book any of the session, please click on the title which will take you directly to the GoToWebinar registration form for each event.

I look forward to seeing you at next term’s events.

Kind regards


Steve Barker | Head of Governance Services
Strictly Education 4S |
No1 Pixham End, Dorking, Surrey. RH4 1QA
Tel: 01306 320117 | Mob: 01306 320117 |

Useful guides to Support your work

Governance Handbook

Competency Framework for Governors

Clerking Competency Framework

Setting up School Partnerships

Buy school furniture

Use this ‘framework’ to buy loose and fitted school furniture and bleacher seating from DfE approved suppliers and have it delivered and installed.

Early adopter schools: EYFS framework

The early years foundation stage (EYFS) framework sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to 5.

The Resilience and Sustainability of your school

Dear Headteachers and Chairs of Governors

Together you may be considering the resilience and sustainability of your school in the light of the National Funding Formula, falling birth rates and the announcement from the Secretary of State in April about the future direction of collaboration and academies.

To support leaders and governors, in schools and educational settings, to face these challenges we are delighted to announce an important free event facilitated by Surrey County Council on 22nd September.

This half day Conference has been designed by a small working group of school leaders. It is designed for the Headteacher / Principal together with a representative from the Governors or Trust to explore your own issues and consider next steps. Sharing your current situation with others in a similar position will be a valuable part of the afternoon.

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For the Attention of the CEO, Headteacher & Chairs of Governor - Surrey Education Covid 19 Coronavirus

Weekly Update

Dear Colleagues

This is your weekly COVID19 Coronavirus update that includes all the new and updated local information and guidance related to COVID-19 including links to information and guidance newly published on SCC dedicated webpages for School Leaders.

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For the Attention of the CEO, Headteacher, DSLs & Chairs of Governor - Surrey County Council Template Safeguarding Child Protection Policy 2020

It has been brought to the attention of the Education Safeguarding Team that the Surrey County Council Template Safeguarding Child Protection Policy 2020 circulated to schools via the Education Safeguarding Team Update mailing list has not reached everyone...Read More

Surrey County Council Template Safeguarding Child Protection Policy 2020

A Message from our CEO Maria Dawes

Dear Colleague,

I’m delighted to share with you this short programme update on behalf of SAfE.

Following a week which was full to overflowing with education announcements and as we near the anniversary of a year in pandemic, I know that we are all looking forwards to the return to in-school learning for all pupils from March 8th.

I believe that despite the ongoing challenges, this remains a time of possibility and optimism. We must all look ahead with intention to ‘build back better’ for both our pupils and our profession. Now is the time to consider the future we want to make.

A key principle of our work is that we see ourselves as the ‘glue’ supporting partnership and collaboration between schools, so no school is left isolated and vulnerable regardless of phase or status. The pandemic has shown some of the limitations of the government and local authorities. Change is in the hands of our education leaders.

I appreciate however, that there is a huge amount of work underway to prepare for the return for all pupils, alongside the continued provision of in-school teaching for early years and special phases and the provision of in-school and remote learning for all other phases.

You all continue to work tremendously hard for your school communities as you digest and replan around further proposals around lateral flow testing of pupils and staff, COVID catchup and summer school funding and assessments for pupils at KS4 and KS5. Thank you for your continued dedication and professionalism.

As we look to the future, we are building on the thinking from the Summit and over the next few months are going to be working with our leaders to strategically consider how we build our local school-led system from great to excellent, potentially doing things differently; how to make a reality of our moral commitment that no school or group of schools should prosper at the expense of others or risk isolation; our belief that social emotional and cultural capital is our responsibility to enrich all children and young people regardless of their background, race or circumstances.

SAfE is your education partnership: aspiring to support every school’s improvement needs, to work with all schools as we address the educational needs of our Surrey community and respond to national need, including continuing to support schools to navigate the impact of COVID.

I therefore hope that this bulletin provides you with a clear understanding of SAfE’s focus post Summit and offers helpful signposting of school improvement and professional development priorities this half term, supporting you, your staff and all children and young people, as we return to in-school learning.

Best wishes
Maria Dawes

Coming Events