Emma begun by explaining the role of the NGA.
She thanked schools and the BASG for what is being done for pupils and communities, especially during COVID times.
NGA aims to be our voice with the DfE and other national agencies.
She discussed the top six priorities which governors have identified during lockdown as:
Ø Balancing the budget 40%
Ø Staff wellbeing including workload 36%
Ø Ensuring a broad and balanced curriculum 28%
Ø Improving attainment 28%
Ø Pupil wellbeing 28%
Ø Support for pupils with SEND 22%
Emma shared with us what she saw as positive legacy from COVID
Ø Some new ways of governing will be retained in part: improving attendance & efficiency
Ø The central importance of schools to their community
Ø Better collaboration across the localities, including with other agencies
Ø Is there evidence of formal groups of schools (MAT or federation) providing support, especially for smaller schools
However, there are concerns, especially:
Ø Recruitment & retention of school leaders
Ø Disadvantaged gap
Her thoughts for the future:
Ø Stronger relationships with parents
Ø Renewed emphasis on different groups of children
Ø Curriculum to remain central stage
Ø School improvement via CPD
Ø More diverse board
Ø More sharing of tasks and responsibility
Emma talked about creating a strategy to turn vision into reality by taking control of your own destiny. Good governance is ethical, effective and accountable.
She also spoke about the Visible Governance Campaign which promotes the value that good governance brings to the school system and the Outstanding Governance Awards 2021.
In part, the future of schools is in the hands of governors.
Emma also made us aware that not all authorities have such a group as BASG. She thanked the BASG for the invitation.
Emma then answered a variety of questions covering:
• Diversity of Boards
• Remote Education
• Service Providers