This page contains useful information for Surrey School Governors, Trustees and others. It comes from a variety of training providers. While SGA list their services, users should satisfy themselves to the provider's ability, suitability and their value.

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 ...Read More

SGA Conference 2021 Slides & Reports

Here are the Powerpoint Presentaion Slides used in the SGA Conference 2021 held at Denbies with Maria Dawes and Steve Barker.

The Surrey Governance Association conference took place at Denbies Winery on the 13th November 2021 which due to the Covid -19 Pandemic was the first SGA live event for two years. SGA Chair Fred Greaves was delighted to welcome over 60 Surrey governors and Trustees. who were treated to two excellent presentations and a great opportunity to network over coffee as well as question the speakers in depth.

Brief reports and the PowerPoint slides for their presentation follow below...Read More at SGA Conference Web Report 2021

Celebrities get back to the ‘Rhythm of Life’ in new film supporting COVID-19 vaccination programme

Celebrities, including David Walliams, Jim Broadbent, Russel Tovey, Nicola Roberts and Asa Butterfield, come together to encourage people to get COVID-19 vaccines.
First published.
3 July 2021

Watch the film Here

Education and training statistics for the UK: 2021

Data on schools, attainment, qualifications gained, education expenditure, further education and higher education in the UK.
First published. 25 November 2021

Early years funding benchmarking tool

Information on indicators of local authority (LA) early education services, and ways to compare an individual LA to other LAs.
Change made:
Routine annual update to the ‘Early years funding benchmarking tool’, ‘Early years funding proforma’ and ‘Early years benchmarking: technical note and user guide’.
25 November 2021

Local authority interactive tool (LAIT):

An interactive spreadsheet for comparing data about children and young people across all local authorities in England.

Change made:
Added updated versions of ‘Local authority interactive tool’ and ‘Local authority interactive tool: version log’.

25 November 2021

Senior mental health lead training

Find out how to apply for a grant and access DfE quality assured training to help develop a whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing.

Change made:
Added information about how successful applicants need to provide evidence of booking DfE quality assured training to receive the grant funding.
23 November 2021

Check out our broad range of training opportunities this summer and autumn! Date: 6 July 2021

FAO: Headteachers, CPD Leads, Chair of Governors, Subject Leaders, SENCos

  • Conferences and Masterclasses

  • Training
  • Educational Psychology
  • Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Safeguarding
  • Social, Emotional Mental Health
  • SEND Strategic
  • Physical Difficulties and ICT SEND
  • Communication and Interaction
  • Education Welfare
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Outdoor Education
  • Governance
  • Data Protection (GDPR)
  • PSHE - National Programme

  • Conferences and Masterclasses

    Autumn Term

    Early Years Foundation Stage Conference: Understanding our World - The Footprints we Make Face-to-face and virtual places available 6 October 2021

    Bridging the Gap: Developing Reading Fluency for All Virtually hosted 21 October 2021

    Engagement Conference: Building a School Community Based on Resilience and Relationships Face-to-face and virtual places available more information coming soon!

    The Future of School Finance Hosted face to face 18 November 2021

    Cyber Security in Education Virtually hosted 23 November 2021

    Closing the EAL Gap: Raising the Attainment of Bilingual Learners Virtually Hosted 25 November 2021

    Educational Psychology

    Our Educational Psychology team provide many bespoke, in-school (including virtual) training and cpd sessions. Take a look at their website for more details: Precision Training: The Precision Teaching approach is for children and young people who have not mastered skills (e.g. literacy or numeracy) despite whole class teaching. The Early Reading Programme Sound Spelling Programme Understanding Anxiety Based School Avoidance Resilience and Strengths Based Approaches Supporting Children and Young People who have experienced Domestic Abuse Supporting Trans Students in Schools Supervision for headteachers, senior leaders and teaching staff Group Overcoming Programme - overcoming your child's fears and worries Staff group supervision in schools

    Early Years Foundation Stage NEW Autumn Term Training Dates Early Years - New to Sendco - 28 Sep 2021 Early Years - Child Development in the EYFS - 16 or 17 or 18 Nov 2021 Early Years - Requesting the EHC Needs Assessment - 11 or 12 Oct 2021 Early Years - Supporting self regulation and executive function in the EYFS - 07 Oct 2021 Early Years - Crafting a curriculum - exploring the Ofsted Quality of Education Judgement - 30 Sep or 13 Oct 2021 Early Years - How to support children's learning in the continuous provision - 20 Oct 2021 Early Years - Supporting Two Year Olds - 08 July 2021 Early Years - Letters and Sounds Phase 1 - 21 September 2021 Early Years SENDCo Forums Commissioned in locality areas for networking - Various dates in October Online Learning Supporting the Wellbeing of Children in Early Years Supporting the Wellbeing of Practitioners in Early Years Introduction to British Sign Language Language, Listening and Communication in the Early Years: An Introduction to supporting Deaf children For more information >>> image. EYFS Briefings for Schools These well-established EYFS briefings delivered by the Early Years consultants enable EYFS Leads and practitioners to keep up-to-date with current Early Years issues; developments or new initiatives as well as providing invaluable networking opportunities. For more information >>> image. EYFS Reform Events The Revised Early Years Foundation Stage will become statutory in September 2021. To support the implementation of this, the Babcock Early Years Consultancy Team are offering further dates, due to high demand. These events aim to ensure Devon schools and settings are briefed regarding key messages from the Department of Education and Ofsted and are able to implement these changes. Please note there are 3 parts to the training, it would be useful for you to attend all 3 parts but not essential. For more information >>> Safeguarding Child Protection Level 3 Initial Training - July and September 2021 dates Child Protection Refresher Training Group 3 and above - 08 July 2021 Responsibilities of a Safeguarding Lead - 24 November 2021 Safeguarding Forum - July 2021 Autumn Term Dates now available for all Safeguarding courses SEND - Emotional Logic Emotional Logic Foundation Award for School Staff This 20 hour course with assignments covers the healthy emotional adjustment process for self-help and the informal relational support of friends, family and colleagues. For more information >>> SEND - Strategic Primary SEND Network Meetings - 01 November or 02 November 2021 Secondary SEND Network Meeting - 03 November 2021 Online Resources Ofsted and Send SEND Code of Practice SEND Recorded Sessions Bundle Language, Listening and Communication in the Early Years: An Introduction to supporting deaf children Introduction to British Sign Language For more information >>> image. image. The National Award for SEN Coordination - Devon LA in partnership with the South West Consortium Starts 04 October 2021 Read more and apply now SEND - Physical Difficulties and ICT SEND Moving and Handling - Introduction/Theory - summer term 21, autumn term 21 and spring term 22 dates just published Moving and Handling - Initial (theory and practical) - summer term 21, autumn term 21 and spring term 22 dates just published Moving and Handling - Refresher (theory and practical) - summer term 21, autumn term 21 and spring term 22 dates just published * NEW * Termly iPad Clinic/Network Meetings - September, January and May dates SEND - Communication and Interaction Lego Based Therapy - 16 September 2021 Sensory Processing and Autism - 05 October 2021 Supporting Children & Young People with Autism Using Social Narrative Resources and Strategies - 22 September 2021 Autism and Girls - 21 October 2021 Autism and Pathological Avoidance - 02 December 2021 AET Courses AET - Early Years - Making Sense of Autism - 08 July 2021 Education Welfare Initial Training for School Based Attendance Staff - 12 October 2021 English English Subject Leader Consultation Session (online/phone) - Various dates from June English Subject Leadership Programme - 23 September 2021 Moving on with Vocabulary Teaching - 17 September 2021 Phonics and Early Reading in Foundation Stage and Year 1 - Various dates from October Reading Fluency Intervention Programme - Various dates from October Securing Sentences: Improving Writing and Grammatical Understanding - 18 October 2021 Teaching Spelling Effectively - 22 September 2021 Using Teaching Sequences Effectively to Teach Writing - 21 September 2021 Remote Learning Webinars: Developing Teaching Sequences Phonics and Early Reading Reading Phonics, Reading, Sequences Bundle Statutory Assessment Requirements Webinar 2021 For more information >>> Mathematics Building Strong Mathematical Communities - Various dates from September Developing Early Number Sense Programme - 05 July 2022 Developing Reasoning Programme: Nursery to Y1 - Various dates from October Developing Reasoning Programme: Y1 to Y6 - Various dates from October Diagnostic Assessment in Mathematics - multi session event starting 05 October 2021 Information Briefing: Reading for Mathematics Comprehension Action Research Project - 14 July 2021 * FREE* Mathematics Research Talks - 08 July 2021 Maths Intervention Programme: Spot on with Number - 06 October 2021 Maths Mind Snacks for Teachers - Various dates from September Maths Subject Leader Consultation Session (online/phone) - Various dates in July Maths Subject Leadership Programme - Starting date 10 December 2021 Moving On With Mastery - 08 November 2021 Pre-Teaching and Assigning Competence - 29 September 2021 Reading for Mathematics Comprehension Action Research Project - 15 September 2021 Recently Qualified and Returning Teacher PD Programme - Various dates in June 2022 Rekenrek Action Research Project - 23 September 2021 Supporting Children in Maths Lessons Programme - 02 March 2022 Supporting Flexible Intervention: Fair and Equal Programme - Various dates from December Supporting Flexible Intervention: Making a Difference Programme - Various dates from October Supporting Flexible Intervention: Mind the Gap - Various dates from September Religious Education Understanding Christianity: Full training course (Community Schools only) - Autumn and Spring term dates available Understanding Christianity: Full training course (for Non-Community Schools) - Autumn and Spring term dates available Outdoor Education Coastal and Countryside Leader Training and Assessment - 01 October 2021 Educational Visits Co-ordinator (EVC) Training - Various dates from June Emergency First Aid for the Outdoors (16hrs) - Various dates from November * NEW dates * EVC Termly Briefings - Various dates in November 2021 First Aid at Work - 24 January 2022 * NEW dates * First Aid for the Outdoors (including emergency first aid at work) - 16 November 2021 Summer Moorland Camping Leader Training/Assessment - 22 October 2021 Summer Moorland Walking Leader Assessment - Various dates from November Summer Moorland Walking Leader Training - 15 October 2021 Winter Moorland Walking Leader Assessment - 15 January 2022 Winter Moorland Walking Leader Training - 12 November 2021 Governance Careers Education in Secondary Schools - 15 July 2021 Clerks Briefing - maintained and academy - Various dates in September Complaints - Prevention and Managing - Various dates from June Developing your Governor Skills - the next step - 20 October 2021 Effective Minute Taking - Various dates from June Governance Briefings - Various dates from June * NEW * Governance in Special Schools - 23 November 2021 Governing the Finances - Academy Schools - Various dates from July Governing the Finances - Maintained Schools - 29 September 2021 * NEW date * Heads, Chairs and Clerks - 09 November 2021 Headteacher Appraisal – the role of governors and trustees - Various dates from September Induction for New Clerks - September and November dates Induction for New Governors/Trustees - Maintained and Academy Schools - Various dates from September Introduction to the Primary Curriculum - 03 November 2021 Leadership of the Governing Board - Various dates from October Managing Formal Proceedings – the Role of the Clerk - 20 October 2021 Ofsted: what the board should expect and how to prepare - 14 September or 07 October 2021 Pupil Exclusions Procedures - 16 November 2021 Responsibilities of a Safeguarding Lead - 24 November 2021 SEND for Governors - 11 November 2021 The Clerk as an Adviser - 14 October 2021 The Governance of Safeguarding - 19 October 2021 * NEW * The Governance Professional - 03 November 2021 Data Protection (GDPR) DPO Networking Forum The GDPR introduced a duty for schools to appoint a data protection officer (DPO) as they are defined as public authorities. DPOs help schools to monitor compliance to data protection legislation whilst informing and advising on data protection obligations. Under data protection legislation, schools must ensure their DPO is an expert in this field, therefore your school is accountable when it comes to keeping your DPO informed. Our DPO Networking Forums will help you to achieve this. Babcock LDP's DPO Networking Forum is a MS Teams event held termly where DPOs from schools meet to discuss matters related to data protection in schools. It's an opportunity for DPOs to keep informed, stay up-to-date with any changes in data protection legislation and share ideas with other DPOs in the same sector. For more information >>> image. image. National PSHE CPD Programme This 6 (virtually delivered) session programme starts on 23 September 2021. The 6 sessions will cover: Getting started with the PSHE CPD Programme and Guidance and theory underpinning PSHE RSE and Health Education Relationships Education and sensitive issues and Active teaching and learning and Effective lesson planning Assessment and evaluation and lesson observation and preparation Teaching PSHE that impacts on emotional and mental health Teaching PSHE that impacts on staying safe and safeguarding and Equality and Values Find out more and book your place

    Useful guides to Support your work

    Governance Handbook

    Competency Framework for Governors

    Clerking Competency Framework

    Setting up School Partnerships

    Schools Alliance for Excellence Professional Learning & Development Offer Autumn 2021

    Dear Colleague,

    Welcome to SAfE’s Professional Learning and Development Offer for Autumn Term 2021.

    The SAfE team is delighted to share this extensive offer of professional learning and development with all Surrey schools, created in partnership with school leaders and Surrey education stakeholders.

    Our interactive brochure details the comprehensive opportunities that your education partnership will deliver through a portfolio of high quality programmes, events and networks for the next academic year.

    You will see that this reflects the growing range and reach of the leadership, subject and pastoral networks across phases, with the introduction of a wealth of new opportunities to support individual and whole school improvement.

    Please use this as you start to plan ahead and as you support individual and school professional learning and development during the autumn term.

    A further version will be issued in September with more elements added.

    What can I attend and when? Please take a few moments to look through the brochure. The offer is organised within thematic strands. There is also a helpful ‘at a glance’ listing of all elements for the autumn term on pages 4 to 5. How do I book? Via SAfE online booking portal. If you have any questions regarding event bookings or would like assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the team via
    What is the cost? Each (non-statutory) event listed provides prices for subscribers and non-subscribers. Subscribers to SAfE are eligible for free attendance at all subject networks and receive 20% cost discount against all other (non-statutory) listed events.


    Click on the image above to access an interactive version of the brochure!
    This brochure has been designed for optimal use online. If you do wish to view as a pdf please select to download when you are in online view mode.

    This email and brochure are being shared with all Surrey Heads and CEOs and all subscribers to our mailing list.

    Please share this email with colleagues in your school and Trust, especially your CPD leads and your Governing Bodies. The brochure can also be accessed via the website page - We will continue to develop SAfE’s offer and share updates with you throughout the coming academic year.

    Best wishes,

    On behalf of Maria Dawes and the SAfE Team
    Schools Alliance for Excellence

    July 2021

    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.

    Data protection: privacy notice model documents

    Suggested privacy notices for schools and local authorities to issue to staff, parents and pupils about the collection of data.

    Change made:
    Updated the document ‘Explanation of privacy notices’.
    26 November 2021

    New measures to reduce pupil absence

    Government attendance advisors to start work helping local areas and school trusts put new plans in place to increase attendance First published. 26 November 2021

    Free period product scheme for schools and colleges extended

    Free period products will continue to be available for schools to distribute to their pupils in England
    First published. 26 November 2021

    Statistics: education and training

    Statistics on education and training in the UK, including schools, post compulsory education, qualifications and education expenditure.

    Change made:
    Added ‘Education and training statistics for the UK: 2021’.
    25 November 2021

    Introduction of T Levels

    Find out what T Levels courses include and how they work with other qualifications including grading and UCAS points.

    Change made:
    Updated the sections on the ‘structure of a T Level’ and ‘grading and certification’ to reflect the changes to English and maths requirements for T Levels. 22 November 2021

    Welcome to your SAfE suite of Governance services

    Dear Colleagues

    I am delighted to share this information with you today, to signpost SAfE’s Governance services for the forthcoming year and outline SAfE’s plans to offer regular communication with our Governance community.

    We look forward to working with all Surrey schools, academies and Trusts this year. The Governance team at SAfE is available to support you, in your capacity as a Governor or as a Trustee. Please note down our email address and the SAfE telephone number 01483 749954.

    Please read on for further information about the services we are offering and the events that are scheduled for this half term.

    Best wishes

    Ruth Murton

    SAfE Governance Advisor

    On behalf of the SAfE team

    Young Epilepsy

    Supporting pupils with medical conditions is a statutory duty under section 100 of the Children and Families Act 2014. We hope that the guide will help school governing bodies ensure they have sufficient policy and practice in place. Details :


    TALIS video study: teaching of mathematics in secondary schools

    An insight into the teaching of mathematics in secondary schools in England.
    16 November 2020

    The Resilience and Sustainability of your school

    The presentations from the Resilience and sustainability conference at Sandown of interest to all in Governance
    Ofsted presentation Resilience and sustainability conference 22.09.21.pdf

    Resilience and Sustainability Conference 22 Sept Presentations.pptx

    Blogs and Articles shared by Schools Alliance for Excellence on behalf of our Surrey education partners

    We know how busy you are - so to make things a little easier, SAfE plans to share blogs with you via email to read at your leisure.

    A new blog will be published on our website every fortnight.

    We hope you enjoy this excerpt of the latest guest blog from Alex Russell.

    You can read the full piece by clicking the website button in the section below.

    If you would like to contribute a thought leadership piece in the future, please let us know!

    So grab a coffee and join us for the latest thinking from Surrey's education community.

    "Inclusivity is a process not a set of procedures"

    A thought leadership blog shared on behalf of Alex Russell, Inclusion Roundtable Chair and CEO, Bourne Education Trust

    There is a graveyard of ignored toolkits in schools reflecting the latest initiative or priority. This is because we like to “get things done” and then move on with the business of running our schools. Inclusion (and equality and diversity) must not follow this well-trodden path.

    The education sector faces significant challenges related to equality, diversity and inclusion (‘EDI’). Matters that have been highlighted nationally and internationally include issues of harassment, dignity and inequality, concerns around performance gaps and matters related to mental and physical health equality.

    However, change will all too easily be tokenistic unless we win the hearts and minds of our leaders.

    Over the next few months the Inclusion Roundtable will be issuing advice and guidance which school leaders may find useful in devising their strategy to improve EDI. if you would like to find out more about the work of the Roundtable please contact Alex at or on 07766030345

    Statistics: further education and skills

    Statistics on participation and learner outcomes in the further education and skills sector, including apprenticeships, reported for January 2014 to present.

    Change made:
    Added ‘Apprenticeship and traineeships: November 2021’ and ‘Further education and skills: November 2021’.
    25 November 2021

    Co-ordinated admissions 2022: series 18 files

    Files for the electronic transfer of 2022 co-ordinated admissions data, primarily for use by software suppliers.
    First published. 25 November 2021

    Evaluation of the 2017 National Professional Qualifications

    Evaluation assessing the effectiveness of the 2017 National Professional Qualifications (NPQs).
    First published. 25 November 2021

    Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE): course directory

    An overview and directory of subject knowledge enhancement courses for lead schools and initial teacher training (ITT) providers. Updated the sections on: biology, chemistry, English, mathematics and physics.
    25 November 2021

    Special educational needs person level survey 2022: guide and technical specification

    Guide, technical specification and validation rules for local authorities completing returns for the person level 2022 special educational needs survey (SEN2).

    Change made:
    Updated ‘Special educational needs person level survey 2022: validation rules’ and ‘Special educational needs person level survey 2022: technical specification’, details in version history.

    24 November 2021

    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.

    Delegate numbers are limited so please book early to ensure your two places.

    The afternoon will start at 12 for 12:30 with a buffet lunch and sessions starting at 1:15 and will include presentations from Claire Burton the RSC, Lee Selby from Ofsted and facilitated sessions from Maggie Farrar.

    The afternoon’s sessions are designed to be realistic, problem solving and solutions focused and delegates will depart at 4.30pm with some clear ideas about what the challenges are for their schools and how to address their own issues for the future.

    A brief overview of the 3 sessions -
    o The current context - What do we know & how does it feel?
    o The soon to be future - What options do we have?
    o The range of solutions - How might we move forward together (including time scales)

    Apply now for your places
    Book up to two delegate places at the Conference:

    Food and refreshments will be available from 12.00 onwards. Please let us know as soon as possible if you have any dietary requirements when you have booked your delegate places.

    Maggie Farrar’s Biography
    Maggie has worked in London and Birmingham in senior leadership positions in schools and local authorities. She was the Director for Leadership Development, Research and Succession Planning at the National College for School Leadership in England and interim Chief Executive. She has been instrumental in the development of a school led self-improving system in England and headed the design and development of leadership programmes that support the growth of partnership based approaches to school improvement.

    Maggie has led on the development of new models of leadership particularly in relation to small schools. She is currently working with over 2000 schools on a national model of peer review and school collaborative self-improvement in England with Education Development Trust and supporting the development of the National Academy of Educational Leadership in Wales. She has worked with groups of schools and organization’s in Australia since 2012, including working in remote and rural areas on models of partnership development and curriculum enrichment for children and young people in these communities.

    Maggie was awarded the CBE for services to Education in 2014.

    Venue Details, Parking Arrangements, Access Requirements
    The conference will be held at Epsom Downs Racecourse (easily accessible from the M25 and A3 and with free parking). Please find attached a site map. When you arrive please follow the path round to the left and you will see ample car parking spaces. There is parking right by the Queen’s Stand for people who are disabled or less able to walk. There is ramp access into the main foyer and lift access to all areas of the venue. Please let us know as soon as possible if you have any particular access requirements when you have booked your delegate places.

    Epsom Racecourse Directions & Parking | Where is Epsom? (

    Other Transport Options Epsom Downs Transport Options | Epsom Racecourse (

    Any questions please contact

    We look forward to seeing you there.

    Kind regards,

    Jane Winterbone
    Assistant Director Education

    COVID-19 requirements from the venue: All attendees who enter the Racecourse (including surrounding land, car parks and other facilities which are under the ownership and/or control of the Operator) shall:
    •Comply with all current Government requirements and guidance regarding COVID-19;
    •Comply with any health checks required by the BHA and/or the Operator prior to being given access to the Racecourse; •Observe all social distancing protocols and wear any PPE (such as masks or other face coverings) in accordance with the Government or BHA guidance in place at the time;
    •Maintain personal hygiene including, but not limited to, by regularly washing their hands, using available hand sanitiser, avoiding touching their face and observing coughing and tissue etiquette;
    •Only use any hand sanitiser, disinfectant wipes or other personal hygiene products made available at the Racecourse for the purpose for which they have been provided and shall not remove these from where they are provided;
    •Follow all Racecourse signage and the instructions of staff, officials, the police or other emergency services present at the Racecourse at all times;
    •Only attempt to access those areas for which they are entitled under their Ticket; and comply with the Rules of Racing.

    Dear colleague,

    NGA is looking forward to working with your local association to ensure that reformed NLG support enhances the work and support you already provide to schools and trusts. We will be in touch shortly with further details of the programme.

    Applications opened today to recruit the new NLG cohort. Find out more at

    It is imperative we recruit NLGs from a wide variety of backgrounds and I do hope to work in partnership with you to achieve this. Can I please encourage you to distribute this information throughout your network. I have included some text below that you can use.

    If you have any questions not answered by our website, please contact

    Thank you in advance.

    Kind regards,


    Emma Balchin
    Director of Professional Development
    National Governance Association

    Newsletter/ web

    New National Leaders of Governance role open for applications

    The National Governance Association (NGA) is delivering the reformed National Leaders of Governance (NLG) support programme. Applications are now open for experienced governance volunteers and governance professionals to become an NLG.

    NLGs will provide Department for Education (DfE) funded governance expertise, external reviews of governance and bespoke support targeted to schools and trusts with governance challenges.

    Applications are welcome from all who meet the eligibility criteria set out by the DfE. If you would like to further support governance in schools or trusts and have a track record of improving governance, you can now find out more about the role and apply. Applications close on Thursday 29 July at 9am. NGA encourages you to apply as early as possible.

    To explore whether the role is for you, sign up to one of NGA’s pre-application briefings where you can find out more.

    Learn more about the role and how to apply on the NGA website.


    If you are an experienced governance volunteer or governance professional who would like to make an extra impact, find out more about the new National Leaders of Governance role available with @NGAmedia. Find out more:

    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.

    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.

    ...Read More

    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

    Coming Events


    Next Executive Meeting: 30th April 2020

    Chairs of Governors Meetings

    Strictly Education 4S
    No1 Pixham End, Dorking, Surrey. RH4 1QA
    for further details contact Carole Ford – Clerking Manager
    Tel: 01306 320109 |

    Surrey Governance Association and SEND Teaching School agree to Link

    Geoffrey Hackett Chair of SGA writes: - This link between our two websites illustrates the increasing need to share experience and knowledge not only across education but up and down each strand of education.... Read more

    Guidance for school governor virtual meetings

    School governors should not meet during Coronavirus situation. Guidance how virtual meets can take place.

    To view your notification click here:

    From the Competency Handbook

    All those elected or appointed to boards should fulfil their duties in line with the seven principles of public life (the Nolan principles). They should also be mindful of their responsibilities under equality legislation, recognising and encouraging diversity and inclusion. They should understand the impact of effective Governors on the quality of education and on outcomes for all children and young people. In addition, all those involved in Governors should be:

    Devoting the required time and energy to the role and ambitious to achieve best possible outcomes for young people. Prepared to give time, skills and knowledge to developing themselves and others in order to create highly effective Governors.

    Of an independent mind, able to lead and contribute to courageous conversations, to express their opinion and to play an active role on the board.

    Possessing an enquiring mind and an analytical approach and understanding the value of meaningful questioning.

    Providing appropriate challenge to the status quo, not taking information or data at face value and always driving for improvement.

    Prepared to listen to and work in partnership with others and understanding the importance of building strong working relationships within the board and with executive leaders, staff, parents and carers, pupils/students, the local community and employers.

    Understanding the value of critical friendship which enables both challenge and support, and self-reflective, pursing learning and development opportunities to improve their own and whole board effectiveness.

    Able to challenge conventional wisdom and be open-minded about new approaches to problem-solving; recognising the value of innovation and creative thinking to organisational development and success.