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HASG Sponsors the Outstanding Governors Awards

2014 Winners Announced

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David Owen - The Discovery Show

David Owen – The Discovery Show

Governance is on the radio!

On Friday 26 June, between 4 – 6 pm David Owen (Governance Trainer and Disc Jockey) will be playing an interview recorded with Kathy Dunnett, in her role as Vice Chair of Herts Association of School Governors) talking about governance and how to be a governor.  It will be played around 4.45 – 5pm.

The station is internet based and you can listen via:

There will be a catch up of the interview online via the show’s webpage after Friday:

If anyone knows anyone with a fascinating story or passion for a subject, David is always looking for people to interview!
Contact David Owen on   thediscoveryshow@nullgmail.com

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twitterWhat is UKGovChat?

UKGovChat is a weekly Twitter discussion normally taking place between 8:45 and 9:15 every Sunday evening, providing a home for Governors  to learn, share, challenge and support each other and improve the governance of all of schools to the benefit of the children and young people. From the original concept being born in 2013, well, as the website says:

Exactly a week later #UkGovChat was born, delivered to over 400 eager followers in a fast and furious chat encompassing “top tips” for new governors and the biggest challenges to effective governance.

The website remains totally independent of any government or commercial interest.  To find out more visit UKGovChat at ukgovchat.wordpress.com, search Twitter for hashtag #ukgovchat or follow the group @UKGovChat.  The site also has an impressive list of inks to a range of useful blogs and archives of weekly chats going back to 2013.  Recent chats were on subjects such as:

  • What is the GBs responsibility as far as Health and Safety is concerned?
  • What are your hopes for the newly announced Foundation for Leadership in Education?
  • What is your school doing about the DfE challenge of ‘character education’?
  • What is a Coasting School?
  • What will inspection of governance look like under the new framework? Ofsted Special with Sean Harford.
  • Your Hopes and Fears for the Next 5 Years.

Some recent news updates from UKGovChat

Head teacher Appraisal; an external advisor’s view

This is a post written by Paul Garvey who supports governing bodies as an external advisor during the process of appraising the headteacher’s performance. The original article can be read here. HT Appraisal: something that is ‘done’ annually, or a … Continue reading

The role of governors in a school-led system

John Stephens, Deputy Director, Teaching Schools and School Improvement has published a post on the National College of Teaching and Leadership blog. He mentions #ukgovchat as one way by which governors can support each other and share good practice. We … Continue reading

Academies, have you had your review of governance yet?

The following article was written by Phil Reynolds of Kreston Reeves and is reproduced here with his permission. The original article can be read here. Academy Trusts may remember that the 2014 financial statements required Trusts to comment upon an … Continue reading

Conflicts of interest-the importance of knowing

The following post was written by Phil Reynolds of Kreston Reeves and is being reproduced here with his permission. The original article can be read here. A recent publicised investigation report into an academy trust by the EFA has once … Continue reading

Schools need to up their game to attract the best governors By Chris James, University of Bath If a school has a good governing body it has a better chance of being a good school. But any governing body will … Continue reading
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Counter-Terrorism-&-Security-Act-2015New Statutory Duties – July 1st 2015

Schools should be aware that they have a new statutory duty from 1st July 2015 to have due regard to the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism. (Schools should be alert to issues around staff, pupils and parents).

The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 was published on 12th March 2015.  Section 26 of the Act places a duty on schools in England (and Wales) to prevent people being drawn into terrorism. This duty applies to all schools, whether publicly-funded or independent, and organisations covered by the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. Statutory guidance has been published.  See:

Schools leaders (including governors) must:

  • establish or use existing mechanisms for understanding the risk of extremism,
  • ensure staff understand the risk and build capabilities to deal with it,
  • communicate and promote the importance of the duty,
  • ensure staff implement the duty effectively.

Other duties on schools include:

  • effective partnership working with other local agencies, eg. LSCB, police, health, etc.,
  • information sharing,
  • maintaining appropriate records,
  • assessing local risk of extremism (including Far Right extremism),
  • demonstrating they are protecting children,
  • developing clear protocols for visiting speakers,
  • safeguarding policies that take account of LSCB policies and procedures,
  • training staff to give them knowledge and confidence,
  • ensuring there are robust ICT protocols that filter out extremist materials,
  • school buildings must not be used to give a platform to extremists.

Ofsted are responsible for monitoring how well schools are implementing this duty.

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Governor Recruitment at County Hall

Governor Recruitment at County Hall

Governor Recruitment Roadshow Comes to County Hall

Schools and Academies from across Hertfordshire were rallied with the support of the Hertfordshire Association of School Governors (HASG) and Herts for Learning, to recruit people for their governing bodies.  They held a Governor Recruitment Event last Tuesday, a close event for the staff at County Hall in Hertford, and there are other events planned for the Apsley site and Farnham House, Stevenage which will take place later in June.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a school or academy governor, email kathy.dunnett@nullhertsforlearning.co.uk or alternatively check out the website at www.hertsdirect.org/governors.

Mike Scandrett, Chair of HASG      chair@nullhertsgovernors.org.

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Deputy Mayor Councillor John Lloyd and volunteer from Homerswood School, Letchworth.

Deputy Mayor Councillor John Lloyd and volunteer from Homerswood School, Letchworth.

Deputy Mayoress, Councillor Mrs Joan Lloyd with Michael Scandrett, Chair of Hertfordshire Association of School Governors, and governor volunteers from Stevenage Schools

Deputy Mayoress, Councillor Mrs Joan Lloyd with Michael Scandrett, Chair of Hertfordshire Association of School Governors, and governor volunteers from Stevenage Schools

Local MP Stephen McPartland and Kathy Dunnett, Vice Chair from HASG and local potential recruit.

Local MP Stephen McPartland and Kathy Dunnett, Vice Chair from HASG and local potential recruit.

Governor Recruitment Roadshow Comes to Stevenage – 6th June, Daneshill House

Schools and Academies in the Stevenage area were rallied with the support of the Hertfordshire Association of School Governors (HASG) and Herts for Learning, to recruit people for their governing bodies. They held a Governor Recruitment Event last Saturday at the Council Offices in Stevenage Town Centre; and there are several other events which will take place throughout June in other areas across Hertfordshire.

The district of Stevenage has been identified as having recruitment problems currently, which is why HASG are delighted that the Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress, Councillor John Lloyd CC and Councillor Mrs Joan Lloyd and the local MP Stephen McPartland  supported this event, to raise the profile of the role and encourage people to volunteer.

Mike Scandrett, Chair of the Hertfordshire Association of School Governors stated…

Being a Governor is not just about attending meetings.  It is much more about being part of your local school and local community while making a contribution towards the development and learning of young people who are the citizens of tomorrow.  Governors are there to ensure that schools are run well, to shape their future and that children thrive and enjoy learning.  Being part of that is a reward in itself.  Be proud to be a Governor.  I am.

As a school governor you are part of the strategic leadership team for the school.  You will steer the school vision, aims and objectives, ensure financial best value and support and enable the staff to provide an excellent learning environment.  Could you be a school governor?

  • If you have the time and commitment to help improve the education of the pupils in your chosen school
  • If you are prepared to attend governors’ meetings and visit the school
  • If you are prepared to attend training to ensure that you fully understand your role

Then you would make an ideal school or academy governor!

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a school or academy governor, email kathy.dunnett@nullhertsforlearning.co.uk or alternatively check out the website at www.hertsdirect.org/governors.

Mike Scandrett, Chair of HASG      chair@nullhertsgovernors.org

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Training Times - Post ElectionTraining Times – Post Election – where now for education?

The June edition of Training Times is now in schools, with a spotlight on the general election and Herts for Learning’s Schools’ (HfL) HR team.   The online version can be found at:

This HfL monthly newspaper has something for governors and staff based in schools, whether looking for a little light reading on current educational news or for courses to further your professional development.

This edition includes:

  • HfL governor roadshows –
    6th, 9th, 15th, 27th & 29th June;
  • General election 2015 – where now for education?
    “This month HfL spoke with some of Hertfordshire’s leaders to hear their impact of the result for schools.”
  • Schools’ HR – how can this team support you?
    “The Schools’ HR advisory service provides specialist professional advice and support for headteachers and governors on all aspects of employment law.”
  • Research from HfL’s new Education Policy and Practice Intern, Jasleen Dhillon-
    Analysis of Finnish education;
  • Hertfordshire schools’ news and much more!

If your Chair of governors would like to receive extra copies for the governing body please get in touch.  HfL welcome any feedback or content suggestions for future editions.   Please contact their Journalist Jessica Broadbent at jessica.broadbent@nullhertsforlearning.co.uk with your feedback or if you would like your school to be included.

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Herts for Learning - AssessmentNew Approaches to Assessment

Herts for Learning (HfL) recently undertook briefings on the their new Assessment Framework for Primary Schools. It was presented to over 400 school Governors. Ben Fuller’s 45 minute briefing is now available for wider viewing and can be seen below:

This presentation addresses the following key themes:

  • why have ‘levels’ gone?
  • how will children be assessed in statutory national assessments without levels?
  • how might schools track pupil progress without levels?
  • what information could governors expect to see to support them with the task of holding the school leadership to account?

(Alternate link – http://vimeo.com/128528519).

For further information of the HfL approach to Assessment please review the download below or contact Ben Fuller, Lead Assessment Adviser, Herts For Learning Ltd., by email on Ben.Fuller@nullhertsforlearning.co.uk.

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Kathy Dunnett Vice Chair of HASG and Mayor of Broxbourne

Kathy Dunnett Vice Chair of HASG and Mayor of Broxbourne

Vice Chair of HASG MP Broxbourne and interested volunteer

Vice Chair of HASG MP Broxbourne and interested volunteer

Governor Recruitment Roadshow Comes to Cheshunt – 16th May, Wolsey Hall.

Schools and Academies in the Cheshunt, Broxbourne and Waltham Cross areas were rallied with the support of the Hertfordshire Association of School Governors (HASG) to recruit people for their governing bodies. They held a successful Governor Recruitment Roadshow Event at the Wolsey Hall last Saturday 16th May. This was one of a series of events which will take place throughout May and June in other areas across Hertfordshire.

The national organisation which supports governor recruitment – School Governors One Stop Shop (SGOSS) and the local governance team from Herts for Learning also supported the event. The Mayor of Broxbourne Mayor, Cllr Mrs Bren Perryman attended in the morning and local MP Charles Walker during the afternoon (both pictured right), and both were delighted to meet experienced and potential governors from the locality.

Mike Scandrett, Chair of the Hertfordshire Association of School Governors stated…

Being a Governor is not just about attending meetings.  It is much more about being part of your local school and local community while making a contribution towards the development and learning of young people who are the citizens of tomorrow.  Governors are there to ensure that schools are run well, to shape their future and that children thrive and enjoy learning.  Being part of that is a reward in itself.  Be proud to be a Governor.  I am.

As a school governor you are part of the strategic leadership team for the school. You will steer the school vision, aims and objectives, ensure financial best value and support and enable the staff to provide an excellent learning environment. Could you be a school governor?

  • If you have the time and commitment to help improve the education of the pupils in your chosen school
  • If you are prepared to attend governors’ meetings and visit the school
  • If you are prepared to attend training to ensure that you fully understand your role

Then you would make an ideal school or academy governor!

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a school or academy governor, please try and attend the events at Stevenage on the 6th June at the council offices by the bus station and 27th June at Hemel Hempstead in the volunteer centre at Marlowes Shopping Centre.

Mike Scandrett, Chair of HASG chair@nullhertsgovernors.org

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FFTFree FFT Governor Dashboard Webinars

The FFT Governor Dashboard is now available in FFT Aspire.  FFT are holding free webinars to explain how they can help governors support and challenge the school leadership team.

The FFT Governor Dashboard has been developed in partnership with the National Governors’ Association and the Wellcome Trust.  It clearly displays information about results and pupil progress, subject performance, progress of pupil groups, attendance and school context. Using our platform, school’s performance can be viewed instantly, and flagging up issues that governors can investigate. The Dashboard will also help governors get to grips with government’s new Attainment 8 measure, and from 2016 dashboards will also include Progress 8 analysis.

The Governor Dashboard was developed by governors for governors because we wanted to focus our design on presenting complex information in a way that would be clear and meaningful to you.

All subscribing schools can download the Governor Dashboard from FFT Aspire, and share it easily with governors. Alternatively, governors can be provided with their own account, giving access to not only the Governor Dashboard but also a range of other information to aid their ‘support and challenge’ role. The new Aspire has also been enhanced to include overviews of all key stages, providing a wealth of information in an accessible format.

FFT are holding free webinars for Governors to outline the new Governor Dashboard.

  • Tuesday 12 May
  • Tuesday 9 June
  • Tuesday 23 June

The webinar lasts forty five minutes.  To book your free place please visit  www.fft.org.uk/training-events/Webinar.aspx.

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Herts Governor Summer Edition Issue 79‘Hertfordshire Governor’ – Summer Edition

The summer edition of Hertfordshire Governor published by Herts for Learning (HfL) is now on-line and can be accessed online by logging on at www.hertsdirect.org/governors (select ‘Hertfordshire Governor – current issue’ under ‘Signpost’ at the foot of the page) or click the picture.

The Introduction:

Message from Governance

Dear Governors

As we enter into the summer term and head towards the end of the 2014/15 academic year it is a good time to reflect on the work carried out this year and the impact it has had on the progress and attainment of pupils.  The pace is fast so we are very often only looking forward and thinking what needs to be done next, however as the academic year comes to an end it is important that you celebrate past success as well as identifying key actions for addressing in the future.

This term we have received feedback on an eSafety focus during recent Ofsted inspections within primary schools and academies, with governors knowledge being put to the test.  Our eSafety Adviser has provided a useful summary for governors which you can find in the News section.  Have a go at answering the questions included in the article and if you don’t know the answer that’s an action after Easter.

Also in the News section we have included a Health & Safety update on abestos.  This is particulary relevant as we head towards the summer holiday season and many large building projects are planned in schools/academies.

We are also pleased to inform you of our forthcoming Governor Recruitment Roadshow supported and sponsored by Governance Team, Hertfordshire Association of School Governors (HASG), and School Governors’ One Stop Shop (SGOSS). Do you have vacancies on your governing body? If so, why not come along and help to recruit new governors and promote the role of governance in schools and academies –  raise the profile of governors and give it  the status it deserves!

The edition includes

  • Governor Recruitment: Details of forthcoming ‘Governor Recruitment Roadshows’.
  • eSafety (tips from the eSafety Adviser following feedback from recent Ofsted inspections).
  • Health & Safety update ahead of building projects over the summer: Managing asbestos in your School.
  • Summary of changes to recently updated DfE statutory guidance – ‘Keeping children safe in education’ and ‘Working together to safeguard children’.
  • Changes to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.

Contact Cathy Irons Cathy.Irons@nullHertsforlearning.co.uk of the HfL Governance Unit for any questions or if you would wish to contribute to a future on-line edition.

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