BASG AGM and Mick Waters – 27th November

On Wednesday 27th November 2019 the Buckinghamshire Association of School Governors (BASG) held their AGM; the main focus of the evening was for Mick Waters to talk about the Governors Role in Curriculum Effectiveness Balance in all Respects.

BASG had planned this event during the Summer Term, once they had heard about Ofsted’s approach to the changes to their Inspection Framework from September 2019, with a focus on the quality of education and the curriculum and its intent, implementation and impact.

There was a great turnout for the AGM, most notably to listen to Mick’s knowledge and experience on the curriculum.  Mick has a vast amount of experience as an Education Consultant and his previous role as the Director of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

Teachers, Headteachers, Governors, Chairs of Governors and even the Head of Achievement & Learning from Buckinghamshire County Council were in the audience.

Mick Waters spent two hours discussing the curriculum and taking questions at the end. The audience sat in silence as he discussed the importance of how you could use moments of news for the potential of learning and that pupils learn all of the time, whether we want them to or not! Mick spoke about what the curriculum is about, not just lessons, but routines, events, learning outside the classroom, what happens out of school and environments that children are involved in.

It was clear to the large number of Governors present that Governors, when visiting their Schools and talking to teaching staff, should check for themselves how much the children are gaining from every minute of their school-time experiences – it’s about more than the formal teaching of the curriculum inside the classroom.

Mick spent time focussing on what are we trying to achieve – intent. How do we organise – implementation. How do you know it is successful – impact and the leadership around these areas, Intent being integrity, implementation being to improve and impact to have insight.

The presentation had its moments of humour and was also thought provoking and inspirational.

Initial feedback on this event has been extremely positive, BASG will now aim to hold an event during the Spring Term with another high-quality speaker.

Why does our Board need to employ a clerk?

The School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013 require that ‘the governing body must appoint a clerk with a view to ensuring their efficient functioning and must have regard to advice from the clerk as to the nature of the governing body’s functions.’

What does the clerk to the GB do?

  • Professional governance advisor – advising on procedure, regulations and best practice.
  • Administrative support to the Board and Committees including minute taking and convening meetings and provision of focussed agendas
  • Ensure that the governing board is properly constituted
  • Manage all GB information effectively in accordance with legal requirements
  • Advise of statutory changes and education policy

Recruiting a Clerk

  • Recruitment to be undertaken by the Board with the assistance of the Headteacher
  • Should be someone independent of the school, trustworthy and good communication skills (both written and verbal).
  • Consider the use of the NGA person/job spec.
  • Consider the use of the DfE Competency Framework to assess their suitability to the role.
  • Consider how you employ the clerk. See advice from the LA or your company financial provider.

Supporting and Training Your Clerk

  • Ensure your clerk has access to appropriate support and resources to learn and develop in their role.
  • Consider investing in an experienced mentor for your clerk.
  • Encourage your clerk to attend local network opportunities such as LA Exec Director Briefings, Clerks Briefings, online networking to build their local knowledge.
  • Performance management to be put in place, delivered by the GB.


Committee Meetings Dates Autumn 2019

Autumn 2019 September – December

Normally we would meet half termly, but due to the development of the new website, preparations for our Annual General Meeting and a review of how the Association works more strategically for all governors in Buckinghamshire have seen us meeting monthly.

Our next committee meeting dates are:

Monday 9th September 2019 19.00 to 21.00 at TBC
Tuesday 15th October 2019 19.00 to 21.00 at TBC
Monday 4th November 2019 19.00 to 21.00 at TBC
Wednesday 27th November 2019 AGM 18.30 – 22.00 at St Michael’s Catholic School, Daws Hill Lane, High Wycombe HP11 1PW.
Tuesday 10th December 2019 19.00 to 21.00 at TBC

If you have any items that you would like to raise with us as an Association to discuss at our meetings please contact us