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

Successful Governance

Headline webinar Tuesday 12th January 2021 - 19:00-19:45

Join us to get the insight into what is important and topical as we break several issues down into what governors need to know, ask and do.

This webinar is completely free to join in and is suitable for governors/trustees/school leaders from Academies/Free Schools, Special Schools and Maintained Schools. It will last approximately 45 minutes.

Topics we will be covering during this session will include:
1. OFSTED 2021 - what to expect
2. COVID disruption - minimising the impact
3. Effective Governance - continued success during COVID

For more information and to register, click here:

I look forward to seeing you on the 12th.

Best Wishes,
Ruth Murton

A Message from our CEO Maria Dawes

Teaching is a gift not a job

Teachers go to work every day to transform and inspire young people.

I have always genuinely believed that teaching is a vocation and pupils know when their school community cares about them and works tirelessly to shape their minds, inspire them and provide them with the skills to survive the ever changing world around them. Never has this been more true than in 2020, where the world for all of us, but maybe even more so for our children and young people, has tilted on its axis and become even more challenging.

This year has been very different from any I have known. But despite having to paddle through unchartered waters, schools have coped amazingly, rapidly responding to the challenges that COVID-19 presents whilst simultaneously dealing with the pre-Covid pressures of the job.

As Teachers and Leaders, you have managed the changes brilliantly and all of us working alongside schools recognise this.

Ofsted’s recent annual report and briefings highlight how much Heads are doing to support their staff and communities. I have seen countless examples of this in our Surrey schools with Heads increasing their teaching commitment to take the pressure off others, dealing with ever-changing Public Health guidance, putting in place and monitoring systems to keep everyone safe, alleviating the concerns of worried parents and carers - I could go on. All of this whilst juggling the ‘normal’ challenges of leadership.

We know how relentless and challenging at times this has been.

One of the most significant roles that schools have played during the year has been the extra mile (or 10 miles!) that schools have gone to support their wider communities and in particular the most vulnerable and marginalised families, including ensuring that children are fed, have access to resources, and the emotional support needed to manage through these difficult times.

Too often the crucial role that schools play within their local communities, including through the support they offer for pupil health and welfare, is underacknowledged – this cannot be the case moving forward.

I am so lucky and privileged to work with amazing schools, teachers, and Heads that are doing incredible work. This has been an incredibly tough year and you might not see it yet, but the work you are doing is really making a difference to the children you work with every day.

Every day you give innumerable gifts to your pupils and communities; I hope that during the Christmas break you can give the gift of time and relaxation to yourselves and your families.

As we head into the New Year with the beginning of the end in sight - and simply because a little positivity goes a long way- I share a poem by Laura Kelly Fanucci.

When this is over, may we never again take for granted
A handshake with a stranger
Full shelves at the shops
Conversations with neighbours
A crowded theatre
Friday night out
Communal prayers

A routine check-up
The school rush each morning
Coffee with a friend
The stadium roaring
Each deep breath
A boring Tuesday
Life itself.

When this ends
may we find
that we have become
more like the people
we wanted to be
we were called to be
we hoped to be
and may we stay
that way — better
for each other
because of the worst.

Thank you for everything that you are doing. All of us at SAfE wish you a restful and happy Christmas, and look forward to working with you next year.

Maria Dawes

Strictly programme

Dear Governor/Clerk

Kind regards

Lisa James | Governance Training Co-ordinator
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

Statutory Policies for Schools

School Inspection Handbook

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.

Find, join or create a network for school business professionals

How business professionals working in schools can find, join or create a network of local school business professionals. Updated ‘Find a school business professional network’ – added new online forum section, added 4 new networks, removed 2 networks and updated contact details for 2 networks.
16 November 2020

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.

Looking ahead to 2021 with SAfE

There's something for everyone and a Leadership Summit for all!

Working in partnership with Phase Councils, we offer every Headteacher and CEO a warm invitation to join colleagues at Surrey's Leadership Summit.

Book your place today!

If you have already registered, you will have received confirmation of your reserved place via email from the team.

TALIS video study: teaching of mathematics in secondary schools

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

Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings

What all special schools and other specialist settings will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from the start of the autumn term to support the return of children and young people with special education needs and disability (SEND). Updated guidance on SEND legislation (to reflect that temporary changes have now ceased), the system of controls, residential settings, attendance, workforce, safeguarding, wraparound provision and extra-curricular activity, curriculum expectations, behaviour expectations and contingency planning for remote education.
20 November 2020

Four Governance training sessions

From 23rd November four Governance training sessions will be held and there is still time to register for these, by using the links embedded in the titles below:

New to Governance - an introduction to the role (Strictly Education 4S)
Monday 23rd November 12.00 (noon)
This session will explore the role and responsibilities of governors who have recently joined their Governing Body/Trust Board. We will focus on the expectations that the Department for Education has of governors and ensure that you are equipped with an understanding of the support and guidance that is available to you.

Good Questions for Governors to ask (Better Governor)
Tuesday 24th November 12.00 (noon)
This webinar will explore good practice in the questions that governors in maintained schools and academies should ask as a key means of demonstrating accountability. With Covid-19 and the restrictions in places on how governance functions at present, we will focus on key aspects of school provision that those in governance can prioritise and how questions can help fuel our strategic oversight.

Clerking in an Academy (Strictly Education 4S)
Wednesday 25th November 12.00 (noon)
This session will focus on the role of clerking in an academy trust in 2020, moving into 2021. We will explore the expectations of the professional clerk within the context of trust governance, with an emphasis on how the role differs from that in the maintained school sector.

Understanding the Single Central Record (Strictly Education 4S)
Thursday 26th November 19.00
This session will focus on the role of the Single Central Record (SCR) and its statutory status. We will explore its content and the safer recruitment checks that are required to ensure compliance. We will also clarify the expectations of governance in ensuring it is complete, accurate and maintained.

The following networks and programmes will continue to run next term and all information is available in the current brochure via the website link.

If you would like to join one of our networks or ongoing programmes please contact us directly at

All events and networks places can be booked directly via our Upcoming Events page.

Nursery Network
EYFS Profile Workshop Training
Primary English network
Primary Phonics network
Primary Deputy Heads
Primary Pupil Premium Network
Secondary Subject networks
Secondary Pastoral KS3 network
Secondary Pastoral KS4 network
Secondary Deputy Heads network
Heads of Sixth Form network
Give your Head a Break network
Heads Up - Conversations about Leadership events
SENCo network (school aged)
Whole Education SEND CPD
Whole School SEND Distributive Leadership workshops
SAfE and Marc Rowland: Raising outcomes for disadvantaged learners in secondary schools
Governor webinars
Please be reminded that SAfE subscribers are eligible for:
free attendance at all subject networks and pastoral networks
free attendance at COVID-19 events
a 20% cost discount against all other (non-statutory) listed events
If you would like your school to subscribe to SAE please contact

Please note that the Spring Term brochure will be issued directly to all schools via email during the second week of next term. The revised brochure will also be available online at Schools Alliance for Excellence | Our Offer



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 :


Teacher training: physical health and fitness

Practical training materials for primary and secondary schools to use to train staff to teach about physical health and fitness.
19 November 2020

Teaching about relationships, sex and health

Support and training materials for schools to help train teachers on relationships, sex and health education.
19 November 2020

Teacher training: healthy eating

Practical training materials for primary and secondary schools to use to train staff to teach about healthy eating.
19 November 2020

Package of support for students who have to defer their studies

Details on a range of opportunities to gain new skills, undertake work placements, additional learning and career development support.
19 November 2020

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. We have attached the letter sent by Vicky Ford MP to children and young people with SEND, their families and carers, and those who work to support them for your information.

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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

Coming Events



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

in its third year, the National Governance Association is delighted to announce the return of our growing and successful Community MATs Network.

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

The NEW Directory of Education Services for Academies, MATs and Non-Maintained Schools 2019-20

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.

The Nolan Principles

1. 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.

Guidance for school governor virtual meetings

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

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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