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 changedThe 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
Summer Term Governance Training ProgrammeSummer 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.
Steve Barker | Head of Governance Services
Strictly Education 4S |
No1 Pixham End, Dorking, Surrey. RH4 1QA
Tel: 01306 320117 | Mob: 01306 320117 | email@example.com
Useful guides to Support your workGovernance Handbook
Competency Framework for Governors
Clerking Competency Framework
Statutory Policies for Schools
School Inspection Handbook
Setting up School Partnerships
Training information on this pageTo 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.
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Young EpilepsySupporting 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 : www.youngepilepsy.org.uk/guideforschools?
16 November 2020
For the Attention of the CEO, Headteacher & Chairs of Governor - Surrey Education Covid 19 Coronavirus
Weekly UpdateDear 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.
For the Attention of the CEO, Headteacher, DSLs & Chairs of Governor - Surrey County Council Template Safeguarding Child Protection Policy 2020It 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
Next Executive Meeting: 30th April 2020
Chairs of Governors Meetings
Re-establishing the ASG Network. If you're a Surrey ASG, please contact Ruth Murton via firstname.lastname@example.org
Strictly Education 4S
No1 Pixham End, Dorking, Surrey. RH4 1QA
for further details contact Carole Ford – Clerking Manager
Tel: 01306 320109 | Carole.Ford@StrictlyEducation4s.co.uk
Surrey Governance Association and SEND Teaching School agree to LinkGeoffrey 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 meetingsSchool governors should not meet during Coronavirus situation. Guidance how virtual meets can take place.
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From the Competency HandbookAll 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.
The Nolan Principles1. Selflessness Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest.
2. Integrity Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.
3. Objectivity Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.
4. Accountability Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.
5. Openness Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing.
6. Honesty Holders of public office should be truthful.
7. Leadership Holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour. They should actively promote and robustly support the principles and be willing to challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs
The Purpose of Governors
1. The purpose of Governors is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.
2. All boards, no matter what type of schools or how many schools they govern, have three core functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.