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.
Parent2Parent® (P2P) is a new and exciting programme that has been developed and is being piloted by Herts for Learning (HfL), to support parents in understanding how to make a real difference to the learning of their children.
As educators, they know that parental involvement in children’s education from an early age has significant effect on educational achievement, and continues to do so into adolescence and adulthood. This programme has been developed in response to feedback from schools that have highlighted the challenges parents face in supporting their child’s learning at home.
What makes Parent2Parent® different?
The Parent2Parent® programme lifts the lid on some useful teaching techniques and explores what teachers know about education and how we learn best. The key to its success is that the programme is being delivered by parents for parents. Trained by Herts for Learning’s expert advisers, parents will lead Parent2Parent® sessions and reveal the simple ways in which parents can support their children’s education and aid their learning – both in school and at home. Training will be delivered in a series of eight modules, each focused on a different learning technique.
Three pilot programmes are being run across Hertfordshire during 2014. The first pilot, involving 15 link schools in Hemel Hempstead and the Link Family Services Centre launched in May and two parents are currently being trained to deliver the first P2P modules. Two further pilot programmes will run during the autumn term across London Colney and Radlett, with Parent2Parent® launching to all Hertfordshire schools during the spring term 2015.
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.