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HASG Sponsors the Outstanding Governors Awards

2020 Nominations Now Held Over to 2021

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Annual Conference Cancelled

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Training Times Dec 2014Training Times – December 2014 Edition

The final, Festive, Training Times of the autumn term is in schools with a spotlight on Herts for Learning’s Early Years team.  The link to the on-line version can be found at, or click the picture.

See page 7 for the HASG Outstanding Governors of the Year as awarded in November!  Other articles are on CPD, HfL’s Parent2Parent ® programme, Website refresh, Funding for Closing Gaps, the North Herts Transition Project and selected school news.

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.  It aims to keep you up to date with what’s on offer from HfL, to share news from local schools, explore current issues from the education sector and to inform you a little more about your Schools’ Company – who we are and what we do.

Extra copies or feedback?

If your chair of governors would like to receive extra copies for the governing body please get in touch. We welcome any feedback or content suggestions for future editions.

Please contact our journalist Jessica Broadbent at your feedback or if you would like your school to be included.


Herts for Learning - Closing GapsGovernance Update – March 2015

This update from Kathy Dunnett covers three topics:

External Reviews of Governance

These are fast becoming a useful tool to demonstrate and improve the effectiveness of your governing body. The review was originally designed for ‘Requires Improvement’ (RI) schools and is led by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. It has become more popular with governing bodies wanting to be Outstanding, and Outstanding governing bodies needing to run a ‘health check’ to ensure they are in line with the current framework.

In Hertfordshire the framework has been modified over the last two years, and a team of external reviewers have been trained and mentored. This good practice has been nationally recognised and, more recently, Hertfordshire (HfL Governance) has been involved in updating the national guidance and training which is currently being rolled out.

The Hertfordshire reviews are rigorously quality assured by the governance team, and the reviewers (all selected through an interview process) are given regular updates to ensure their work is of a high standard. Kathy Dunnett, Governance Officer and a National Leader of Governance, is leading on the process. She said, “More and more is being asked and expected of governors.  A review can encourage a governing body to reflect and regroup.  It is developmental and enables governors to know they are on the right track.” 

To book or enquire about an External Review of Governance, please contact:

For more information see:

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Governor Recruitment Roadshow

HfL’s Governance Team are linking up with Hertfordshire Association of School Governors (HASG – and SGOSS Governors for Schools (voluntary governor recruitment agency – to run a series of weekend roadshows during May and June to support schools in recruiting governors, and to raise the profile of the role.

The responsibility of a school governor has changed dramatically over the last five years and so have the expectations. School governance is now a professional role, and governors therefore need the right skills and training to make the greatest impact. With current demands on everyday working life, recruiting good governors has become more and more difficult in some parts of the county.

To support governing bodies and schools, six dates have been confirmed with possibility of the Hertfordshire County Show (to be confirmed):

(9am – 4pm)

  • 16th May – Wolsey Hall, Cheshunt
  • 6th June – District Council Offices, Stevenage
  • 27th June – The Roundhouse Volunteer Centre, Hemel Hempstead

HCC Offices (10am – 3pm)

  • 9th June – County Hall, Hertford
  • 15th June – Apsley, Kings Langley
  • 29th June – Stevenage

If you would like to book a slot at one of these events or get involved in raising the profile of the governor role, please contact:

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Outstanding School Governor Awards 2015

Sponsored by the Hertfordshire Association of School Governors, and organised in association with Herts for Learning

These awards aim to celebrate outstanding and distinguished service of school governors in Hertfordshire, and are an opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to governors that demonstrate exceptional practice. The winners will be announced at the Hertfordshire Governors’ Annual Conference in November 2015.

Awards & Prizes

  • each winning governor (total of three) will be awarded a £50 prize
  • prizes of £500 will be awarded to the schools of the three winning governors. The £500 is to be spent so it directly benefits the students; it is not to be spent on teaching or teachers as we would like the money to be spent on something the school has not included in its budget
  • all nominators will be put into a prize draw and three will be drawn at random and be awarded a £25 prize.


The awards are for individual school governors’ work, service, or commitment and not that of a governing body as a whole; the submission therefore needs to make clear the specific role that was played by the governor. Nominated governors will need to have given a total of at least five years’ service within Hertfordshire schools. However, this is not restricted to governorship at any one school.

Closing date for nominations: Friday 22nd May 2015

Nominations must be emailed/posted to HASG; entry forms  and information on where to send them can be found here:

Shortlisting will take place during the summer of 2015.  A member of the judging panel will then visit finalists’ schools for discussions with the nominator(s).

Further information has also been sent out via the Chairs Service; if you have any other queries please contact: or

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Herts for Learning - Closing GapsEmbedding British Values…

… is the Headline Article for the recent edition of Training Times now out in schools, reporting on HfL’s first National Conference held on 3rd December 2014, focussing on “preparing young people for life in modern Britain” and opened by Sir Trevor McDonald OBE.

This bumper January/February edition also spotlights HfL’s Financial Services for Schools team, reports on some upcoming events and a comprehensive training programme overview, as well as numerous news updates and introducing HfL’s new Coaching Service.  The link to the online version is:

This Herts fro Learning (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. It aims to keep you up to date with what’s on offer from HfL, to share news from local schools, explore current issues from the education sector and to inform you a little more about your Schools’ Company – who we are and what we do.

If you are in a Hertfordshire school and your chair of governors would like to receive extra copies for the governing body please get in touch with Jessica Broadbent at with your feedback or if you would like your school to be included.



Herts for Learning - Closing GapsTeacher Recruitment Fair to be hosted by HfL

Herts for Learning will be hosting a teacher recruitment fair on Saturday 14th March 2015 at the Hertfordshire Development Centre in Stevenage to help schools address the issue of recruiting quality teaching staff.

This event is being promoted through a national and local advertising campaign and is aimed at attracting current, past or new teachers, or anyone thinking of entering teaching as a profession.  Every school in Hertfordshire has been invited to host a free exhibition stand and meet with attendees to discuss current and future teaching opportunities.

If you are a current, past or new teacher, or interested in teaching as a profession this is an essential event for you to attend.

Where can you meet 100s of schools face to face and talk about real jobs? Representatives from 100s of Hertfordshire schools will be available to discuss current and future teaching opportunities. Schools Direct and other teacher training providers will also be attending.

  • Free to attend.
  • Free on-site parking.
  • Inspiring workshops.
  • Free shuttle bus from Stevenage train station.
  • Event sponsored by Herts for Learning.

Come along and attend free workshops:

Teach in Herts

  • Unmissable tips on applying for your first teaching job,
  • Train to Teach (run by the National College of Teaching and Leadership),
  • Returning to teaching,
  • Thinking of a new career path? Re-train as a teacher from another profession,
  • Induction, support and training programmes for newly qualified teachers (NQTs) in Herts,
  • Fast tracking programme – increase your subject knowledge,
  • Progress your leadership career in Herts,
  • Why Teach in Hertfordshire?

Further information can be obtained from Lynnette Dexter, Head of Marketing at Herts for Learning Ltd., via email on  HfL website is


You can download a copy of a poster below:

Outgoing & Incoming Chairs (Paul Rosen (l) & Mike Scandrett (r)) with the winners

The 2014 winners

Hertfordshire Outstanding Governor Awards 2015 Nominations Open

Following the success of the 2014 awards the HASG are happy to announce that nominations have opened for the 2015 awards. We aim to celebrate outstanding and distinguished service by school governors in Hertfordshire. The winners of these awards will be announced at the Hertfordshire Governors’ Annual Conference in November 2015.

About the Awards

This is an award for an individual school governor’s work, service, or commitment and not that of a governing body as a whole.  The submission therefore needs to make clear the specific role that was played by the school governor, as opposed to any other body or person involved in the school.

You may wish e.g. to nominate the governor who:

  • regularly goes above and beyond a school governor’s typical commitment,
  • has successfully dealt with a crisis or has been recently successful with a specific project or initiative, which was driven by the individual governor,
  • has contributed to improvement in the schools sector – for example, by supporting other governing bodies to improve.

These are only examples and should not be considered as entry categories – other ways of outstanding or distinguished service will be equally worthy of consideration.

Awards & Prizes

  • Each winning governor (total of three) will be awarded a £50 prize
  • Prizes of £500 will be awarded to the schools of the three winning governors, as given on the nomination form. The £500 is to be spent so it benefits directly the students; it is not to be spent on teaching or teachers as we would like the money to be spent on something the school has not included in its budget.
  • All nominators will be put into a prize draw and three will be drawn at random and be awarded a £25 prize.

The nomination form is downloadable from here:

Nominations close Friday 22nd May 2015


Herts-Sports-PartnershipHerts Primary PE & Sport Conference – January 2015

HASG was invited to participate in this event by the Herts Sports Partnership (Sport Performance & Development Centre, de Havilland Campus, Hatfield AL10 9EU, the following report is from David Royle who attended:

Key Messages from the Conference

  • High-quality physical education (PE) and school sport can make a difference to the lives of young people and the development of the whole child; whole-school improvement can be led by PE.
  • The £150m p.a. ring-fenced Primary PE and Sport Premium is guaranteed to 2020 (if the present government is re-elected): most money goes on coaches but important not to swap coaches for teachers in terms of generating self-sustaining solutions (especially if funding stops); website statement required on impact and allocation of Premium.
    Governors have a role in monitoring and evaluating effective expenditure.
    Youth Sports Trust has an impact template, a self-review tool and a factsheet on Ofsted-related accountability measures; see below).
    The Association for Physical Education also has advice on the use of the Premium.
  • The Youth Sports Trust survey of PE and sport indicated that the average time spent on PE is less than two hours a week;
    there is no DfE minimum (or maximum);
    some EU countries specify 5 hours;
    however quality is most important;
    there is a potential dividend in taking time ‘away’ from other subjects as PE can contribute to whole-school improvement.
  • The new National Curriculum for PE is short on detail but the purpose of PE is made clear with key words like
    • ‘high-quality’,
    • ‘inspires all pupils’ (inclusion),
    • ‘competitive’,
    • ‘physically-demanding’,
    • ‘physically confident’,
    • ‘health and fitness’,
    • ‘character’,
    • ‘fairness and respect’.
  • The Youth Sport Trust and Association for Physical Education provide a lot of support through membership and also free downloadable resources, for example YST has a Physical Literacy Framework, AfPE has advice on the new National Curriculum including assessment.




herts-county-councilHASG Manages Governor Elections to Schools Forum and ICT Working Partnership Group

The Hertfordshire Association of School Governors was asked recently to help Hertfordshire County Council by organising elections to two key Committees.

The first election, between all Hertfordshire Schools was for appointment to the statutory Schools Forum.  There were three vacancies arising at the beginning of 2015 as a result of terms of office of current members expiring.   The following were elected:

  • Carole Connelly of Sarrett Primary School;
  • Don Leavy of Hertford St Andrews Primary School; and
  • Jackie Webby from Ashlyns Secondary School, Berkhamsted

For more information about the Schools Forum in Hertfordshire see

The second election, between HASG Member schools, was to elect a Governor to the ICT Partnership Working Group.  Originally one vacancy was arising as a result of the current incumbent standing down.  HASG recommended that the number of Governors should be increased to two to ensure a better balance of representation between Primary and Secondary Schools.  This was agreed.

The two candidates elected were:

  • Karl Newstead of Camps Hill Community Primary and Marriotts Secondary at Stevenage; and
  • Geoff Strack of St Nicholas Primary Elstree and Parkside Primary Borehamwood

Further details of the ICT Group can be found here:

HASG wishes them all every success in their new roles.


Herts for Learning - Primary PE ConferenceYouth-Sport-Trust

Primary PE Conference 2015

On Tuesday the 20th of January 2015 Hertfordshire Sports Partnership will deliver the second Primary PE Conference in partnership with Youth Sport Trust and Herts for Learning.

The focus for this year’s conference is ‘PE and school sport supporting whole school improvement’ and is aimed at both Headteachers and PE subject leads.

The conference will be opened by keynote speakers: Ali Oliver interim CEO for Youth Sports Trust and Sue Wilkinson Strategic Lead for Association for Physical Education (afPE)

This full day will comprise of a mixture of key note addresses, interactive workshops looking at areas such as ‘How to assess an outstanding PE lesson’, ‘Using apprentices within your school’ and Health & Safety in primary schools’. After the opening address Headteachers will have a targeted workshop followed by question and answer sessions where representatives for afPE, DfE, CSPN among others will be present. PE subject leads will have a choice of 15 practical and theoretical workshops to learn more about the focus areas that are most relevant to their professional and school needs.

Throughout the day there will be a ‘Demo Zone marketplace’ set up where local organisations, projects and National Governing Bodies of sport will showcase the products, services and support they have available to work in partnership with primary schools and enhance the activity provision.

Please click to see the PE CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS document to view all the workshops that will be taking place.

Cost: £142 – 2 for 1 when Headteacher and subject lead book on.

To book on to the conference log on to



Training Times – November 2014 Edition

The penultimate Training Times of the autumn term is in schools, with a spotlight on Herts for Learning’s Governance team. The link to the online version can be found at (or click the picture).

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. It aims to keep you up to date with what’s on offer from HfL, to share news from local schools, explore current issues from the education sector and to inform you a little more about your Schools’ Company – who we are and what we do. Next edition: look out for the HASG Outstanding Governors of the Year as awarded in November!

Extra copies or feedback?

If your chair of governors would like to receive extra copies for the governing body please email Jessica Broadbent who would  welcome any feedback or content suggestions for future editions.

Please contact Jessica Broadbent at with your feedback or if you would like your school to be included.


Childcare Disqualification Requirements

The DfE has recently issued supplementary advice regarding school staff and volunteers (including governors) of schools/academies which have children under the age of 8.

The changes come into effect immediately.

If you are the Chair of a primary or nursery  school/academy – the advice from DfE is that it applies to all staff and volunteers.

If you are the Chair of a secondary school/academy – the advice is that it will only apply to staff  who may carry out teaching in primary schools or children’s centres.

What to do –

All existing governors in primary/nursery schools and academies will have to complete a governor declaration form and give it to either the Chair or Headteacher to countersign.

A copy of the Governor Declaration Form can be downloaded below: section 2 on this form is new – it covers  the  additional areas which the declaration by governors now has to cover.  The other 3 supplementary documents cover the DfE’s advice and  frequently asked questions (“FAQs”) which governors may ask . It is essential that all existing governors complete the declaration form. You may find it easiest for these documents  to be issued in advance of a GB meeting and then returned completed by governors at  the meeting.

All new governors in primary/nursery schools and academies – will be sent the new form to complete by HfL Governance.

Head teachers have been written to separately by HfL Schools HR with regard to how these changes affect school staff.

Supplementary Documents

The documents referred to above are provided here either in ‘cut-and-paste’ form or as downloadable documents:

Childcare Disqualification Requirements – FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Note: In the following we use “staff” to cover staff, volunteers and governors

1.  Why has this advice only just been issued when the Regulations have been in force since 2009?

The DfE have not provided a satisfactory answer to this – they simply said “The Department was asked to clarify what the position was for schools and it became clear that some supplementary advice to sit alongside the Keeping children safe in education guidance would be helpful for schools.”

2.  Given the fact that these Regulations have been in force since 2009, has the DfE taken advice about the employment law risk of effecting a dismissal on the basis of these Regulations now, in respect of someone who has been employed for a number of years?

The DfE said: These regulations have been in force for a number of years and we would expect that schools will take appropriate action where individuals may be caught by the requirement, or where they are made aware that someone working at the school should be disqualified.  Legal advice confirms that the Regulations must be enforced and HR will support schools with action arising from any positive declarations.

3.  For existing staff, volunteers and governors – is the advice that a self-declaration is sufficient or is any declaration expected to be verified wherever possible, for example by viewing a current DBS check or obtaining a new one, and are employers expected to verify the absence of any Orders or restrictions

There is no requirement to check DBS certificates for existing staff/governors and there is no evident process for verifying if someone has a childcare order or other restriction against them.  It seems that self-declarations are acceptable.  For new staff, the individual should sign a declaration and the DBS certificate should be checked against the list of offences in the Schedules.  Of course, other offences may also lead to non-employment under normal DBS assessment processes.
Note: Governors of maintained schools should only be asked to complete a DBS form where the GB has agreed that all new governors complete these; all governors in academies and free schools are required under the academies regulations to complete DBS forms.

4.  How can we do checks on “householders”

The DfE’s response: It is not the employer’s role to carry out a check on individuals other than those they employ, however employers should have effective systems in place to ensure that staff are suitable to work in childcare.  Employees who work in the specified early and later years provision should be asked to provide the necessary information about any person who lives in the same household as them.

5.  How do these Regulations sit with the Data Protection Act, particularly in respect sensitive personal data relating to someone not employed in the school (i.e. a householder) and the school passing information to OFSTED,?

The DfE simply indicates that information must be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act.  The Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations require employers to pass information to OFSTED and such statutory duties are allowed under the Data Protection Act.  Clearly schools must handle and store all information in school carefully, in accordance with normal Data Protection rules.

6.  The DfE guidance refers to “staff who work in the relevant provision” – does this include all staff employed eg including the caretaker or only those directly involved in care and supervision?.  If the latter, in a Primary/Junior School, does this include the Year 6 teacher/LSA who may on not teach under 8s but may at any time be involved in their care or supervision (eg trips, playground duty etc).

The DfE says: The Childcare Act stipulates that a disqualified person should not be employed in connection with early or later years childcare and that they should not be directly concerned in the management of that provision.  A person who sometimes works in the relevant childcare provision would be included in this definition; however, decisions need to be taken by schools on a case by case basis subject to their individual circumstances.

7.  What about contractors and agency staff?

Employers are responsible for ensuring that persons caring for children are suitable to work with children. In the case of workers that are supplied by an agency or third party organisation, schools should ensure that the agency or organisation has carried out the relevant checks.

8.  How long will it take to process an application for a disqualification waiver?

The DfE says: It is a matter for Ofsted who have the responsibility for granting a waiver or not. The time it will take to process a waiver application will undoubtedly vary from case-to-case; whilst many should be straightforward, others will unfortunately be more complex and take time to resolve.

9.  Does this check need to be on the Single Central Record (SCR)?

Neither the DFE Guidance, nor the Regulations, require this check to be on the SCR although schools may feel more secure adding it on.

10  Who do the regulations apply to?

a)    Do Governors need to be asked to complete a disqualification declaration?
The Regulations are unclear but we conclude that Governors fall under the category “those who are directly concerned in the management of such early or later years provision” and are therefore covered by the Regulations.
Governorance will be issuing, via Clerks, an updated Governor Self-Declaration Form (dated November 2014) which all Governors should sign and which should be used for new Governors.
Secondary school Governors would only be covered by the Regulations if the school provides child care for under 8s.

b)    What constitutes childcare outside of the normal school day?
Child care includes breakfast clubs, homework clubs, nursery and crèche provision provided by the school.
Where activities are run by other providers on school premises but not managed by the school (eg lettings, football clubs), these are not covered as they are not child care provision.

11        What convictions/cautions etc have to be declared?

a)    Where are the disclosable offences set out?
The relevant crimes are listed in Schedules 2 and 3 although it is appreciated that these are complex to understand. The key offences are any offences against or involving children and any sexual offence against an adult.  We believe that in the vast majority of cases, people with relevant offences will have been declined employment through the DBS process but we appreciate this may not always be the case (particularly in the case of long standing staff who may never have had a DBS check).

b)     Are offences like GBH and ABH of adults included?
We have recently clarified that violent offences against adult which do not have a sexual element are not grounds for disqualification.  So only offences such as rape, sexual assault etc would be covered.

c)    The reference to Burglary in Schedule 2 seems anomalous – why is it  there?
This refers to Burglary under the 1968 Theft Act which was actually Burglary involving rape so would only be applicable if someone was charged with this specific offence – which in turn comes under key offences outline in Q4.

d)     Schedule 2 refers to repealed statutory offences – does this mean they         do not apply?
No – “repealed” does not mean these no longer apply, it means they have been superseded by other legislation but would still be a cause for disqualification if someone has been convicted of, cautioned etc. for any of these offences.

e)    What if a person is not sure whether they have a relevant offence?
We would advise declaration of anything that they think may be relevant and schools can check with the DfE ( or we can seek advice from legal.

12        General

a)    How is it that it has only just been decided to apply these Regulations in schools?
We understand that the Regulations were designed for child care organisations – aimed at protecting children e.g. where people are doing child care in their home etc.  The DfE had therefore determined that they were not applicable to educational organisations.  This has now been overturned and so the DfE has had to advise on their implementation in schools.

b)    Who is going to check that schools comply?
This is unclear but we imagine that OFSTED will include this as part of their overall safeguarding/Single Central Record checks.

c)    Are people required to ask their householders if they are disqualified?
No we do not believe there is any requirement for this.  Staff are required to declare “to the best of their knowledge” and schools can accept declaration at face value.

d)    Is the Disciplinary Procedure being updated?
We are looking at this but do not envisage many, if any, changes are necessary.

Childcare Disqualification Requirements – Guidance for Schools

We have received supplementary advice to the “Keeping Children Safe” Statutory Guidance from the DfE detailing a new requirement for childcare disqualification checks to be carried out on relevant staff working in schools and academies.

These checks arise from the Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2009, which in turn arose out of the Education Act 2006.

The Regulations prohibit anyone who is disqualified themselves under the Regulations, or who lives in the same household as a disqualified person, from working in a relevant settings, including in schools.

What are relevant staff and relevant settings?

The following categories of staff in nursery, primary or secondary school settings are covered by the Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2009.

  • staff who work in early years provision (including teachers and support staff working in school nursery and reception classes);
  • staff working in later years provision for children who have not attained the age of 8 including before school settings, such as breakfast clubs, and after school provision;
  • staff who are directly concerned in the management of such early or later years provision.

The Regulations refer to employing a person “in connection with” these provisions and we therefore conclude that:

In Infant and Nursery Schools – All staff will be covered

Primary/Junior Schools – All staff are covered as it is unlikely in such settings that staff are always exclusively working with those over the age of 8.

Secondary Schools – will need to undertake checks on relevant staff (including managers) where any services are provided where under 8s may be in attendance eg childcare facilities, before or after school clubs

“Staff” includes volunteers and, therefore, includes governors

Who is disqualified?

A person is disqualified if any of the following apply:

  • they have been cautioned for, or convicted of certain violent or sexual criminal offences against  adults and any offences against children;
  • they are the subject of an Order, direction or similar in respect of childcare, including orders made in respect of their own children’
  • that have had registration refused or cancelled in relation to childcare of children’s homes or have been disqualified from private fostering;
  • they live in the same household where another person who is disqualified lives or works (disqualification ‘by association’).  This means that the householder has an order, restriction, conviction, caution etc. set out in the Legislation.  It is accepted that staff may not necessarily know this information – the declaration requires them to answer “to the best of their knowledge”

Full details of what constitutes “disqualification” are in the Schedules to the Regulations

What should schools do now?

There are four key actions required

  1. All relevant staff (including volunteers and governors) in relevant settings must be asked to complete a declaration as soon as possible, affirming that they are not disqualified.  A declaration form is attached.  Schools should print the Schedules to the Regulations (which detail the disqualification orders, offences etc) and make these available for staff (either with each form or in a central place) for reference.  The links are here:

  1. Schools should contact their Schools’ HR Advisor  immediately if they

i.        know now of anyone in their employment who is or may be disqualified

ii.        receive a positive declaration from any member of staff/governor

Anyone who is disqualified will need to be immediately removed from the relevant setting (probably through suspension in the case of employees) and OFSTED must be notified within 14 days.

  1. All new appointments (including new volunteers/governors) in relevant settings, from this point onwards, must be required to complete the declaration prior to commencing work and DBS certificates should be checked with reference to list of relevant offences in the Act (Schedules 2&3).  In the case of new governors, schools must make sure they are using the updated Governor Pre-Appointment Declaration form
  2. Schools must ensure that any external agency providing relevant staff in relevant settings carry out these checks prior to placing them in the school.

You will need to set a short deadline for the return of the form – one week would be reasonable.  Where a member of staff or volunteers/governors do not complete and return the form, it may be necessary to take action to remove them from work.  Please seek Schools’ HR Advice in these cases.

Schools’ HR will make contact with Trade Unions and Professional Associations regarding this matter so that they are aware of our advice.

Disqualified Workers

The Schools’ HR team (01438 844873) will support schools in dealing with cases where a disqualified person is identified.  A disqualified person can apply to OFSTED for a waiver.

OFSTED may grant a full or partial waiver, including a waiver that would allow an individual to work in a relevant school setting.  Whilst a waiver application is under consideration the individual must not continue to work in these settings.

Where a waiver is not granted, the employee will need to be dismissed unless redeployment options are available.