Professor Chris James, University of Bath, is undertaking research into the state of school governing.
Six years ago, he surveyed school governors in England to find out about the state of school governing but now there have been a number of changes to the education landscape many of which have affected the important work school governors undertake. The survey is being undertaken in partnership with the National Governors Association. Of course other organisations with an interest in school governing are supporting the survey — ASCL, the Education and Employers Taskforce, the CBI, National Co-ordinators of Governor Services, and Governors for Schools (SGOSS), and HASG will be looking closely at the results.
All governors are invited to complete the research questionnaire. It is available here until 14th April: https://www.survey.bath.ac.uk/schoolgovs. All your responses to the research questionnaire will be completely confidential.
A report of the survey findings will be available on the National Governors Association website –http://www.nga.org.uk/ – in mid-May 2014.
The Department for Education has issued an advice document on this subject. In summary:
What legislation does this advice relate to?
The Children and Families Bill places a legal duty on state-funded schools in England, including academies and free schools, to offer a free school lunch to all pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2. Subject to Royal Assent, which is expected in March 2014, the duty will come into force from September 2014.
Who is this advice for?
This advice is for:
School leaders and governing bodies in all maintained schools, academies, free schools, pupil referral units and alternative provision with children in reception, year 1 and year 2
In the 2014 to 2015 academic year schools will be paid funding at a flat rate of £2.30 for each meal taken by newly eligible pupils. Initial provisional allocations will be based on an estimate of national take-up and then adjusted once the department has details of the actual number of meals taken in individual schools
Additional one-off funding will be provided in the 2014 to 2015 financial year to small schools (those with up to 150 pupils in total) to help with transitional costs
The government is providing £150 million of capital funding in the 2014 to 2015 financial year to support the rollout of UIFSM
Targeted advice and support will be provided to schools and local authorities through the UIFSM implementation support service.
Summaries of Herts for Learning’s 2014/15 contract services (previously known as traded contract summaries), will be issued to schools this week. HfL confirm they are holding prices at their current level for the 2014/15 financial year.
Two copies of the contracts will be sent to each school/academy, one marked for the attention of the headteacher and one for the chair of governors. Each will contain a copy of the schools’ 2014/15 contract for all services currently provided by HfL along with a more detailed breakdown of the schools’ 2014/15 contract for School IT Systems Support (SITSS).
To support the contracts, a copy of Herts for Learning’s new contract services brochure will be included. The brochure contains details of all contract services available to schools through Herts for Learning and includes a number of new services for 2014/15.
Specific contact details for all services are detailed on your contract or within the brochure, however if you have any queries regarding your school’s contract or wish to make any changes to it, please contact HfL.Finance@nullhertsforlearning.co.uk.
HfL have said:
Schools will be sent two copies of the contracts and brochure, one for the attention of the CoG and one for the head.
Herts Coach Education Week 2014 sees the launch of the Herts Sports Science Programme. Rob Hardwick, Coaching Development Manager with Herts Sports Partnership, commented:
Increasingly, sports science is used by top level coaches to achieve the best results possible.
We’re delighted to be launching our sports science programme during Coach Education Week. These short workshops will help coaches to understand how they can get the best out of their athletes and teams.
There’ll be more workshops running through the year, offering coaches a real opportunity to raise their awareness of sports science.
Running 15th to 22nd February this event offers 70 courses in 20 sports for up to 1,500 coaches, teachers & students looking to develop their coaching qualifications & leadership skills.
Herts for Learning launch new best practice programme for Hertfordshire schools
Exchanging Excellence is an exciting new programme being run by Herts for Learning (HfL) for Hertfordshire schools. It is the umbrella programme for all of the work HfL are doing and plan to do in the future, to find and share best practice and professional learning with their customers on a range of current and relevant topics.
HfL are launching the programme with a cross phase project to find practice that is having most impact in improving outcomes for pupils eligible for pupil premium; whilst ensuring that other groups continue to be stretched and achieve at least expected progress.
This first project within the Exchanging Excellence programme is called “Closing Gaps” and will be taking place over the next few months.
The project is being led by David Birch and Marc Rowland. They will be working with the Teaching Alliances, other school leaders and HfL staff, identifying practice where there is evidence of most impact, in schools and settings in different circumstances and geographical areas across the county. They will draw upon work that is already taking place in specific phases, such as the primary phase RANGe project (Raising Achievement Narrowing Gaps effectively) and work being led by the Teaching Alliances; bringing all of the relevant professional learning together, identifying common themes and threads and supplementing that with evidence based research taking place nationally.
Information about the project and its findings will be shared and exchanged under the Exchanging Excellence section of the HfL website and regularly updated. There will be opportunities to attend conferences in the summer term to hear more about the findings and to examine the practice that might be most relevant and useful to your school or setting.
Do you have something to say about the Government’s consultation on a new SEN code of practice? If so remember the SEN consultation period closes on 9th December 2013.
The Children and Families Bill, currently in Parliament, will bring changes to the special educational needs (SEN) framework, subject to royal assent.
This consultation proposes replacing SEN statements (for schools) and learning difficulty assessments (for young people in further education and training) with single 0 to 25 education, health and care plans.
To review all the documents and participate in this consultation you need to go online at:
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