Chairs’s Networking Opportunity – Jordans – Saturday 7th November 2020 at 9.30am

Dear everyone

Welcome to the invite for this term’s Jordan’s meeting.  We decided to delay our meeting to just after half term in the hope that as we would be preoccupied with the immediacy of full school return there would be more certainty about the future by now in troubled times.  Well,  in some sense there is now ;- we know we are going to be in a COVID world of ‘bubbles’ and now ‘tiers’ and also tears (sorry – pun intended!) for the long haul.

This of course presents challenges for how to do governance within this new normal.  We now have to do all the governance stuff that was put on the ‘back burner’  last spring.  So it seems timely to be sharing our ideas and experiences in the light of DFE/NGA advice received of how we are doing this, what is happening in our schools so we can raise questions, share concerns and build on local good practice.
Jordans Chairs Group Meeting

Saturday 7th November 2020 9.30-10.45am via MS Teams

Click here to join the meeting

As ever we have put together a loose topic led agenda to inform the discussion:

1. Staying Strategic in current times

2. Focus of your Boards Agenda’s and Headteacher Reports on areas of focus for your schools

3. Remote Education

4. High Needs Update

5. Headteachers Standards updated

6. Ofsted!

7. Free school Meals – Christmas/Easter holidays?

Please can you email me ( if you would like to share any experiences, raise questions  by anything on the list in advance of the meeting as this will aid chairing the meeting on-line.

Please do invite any other chairs/Vice chairs with whom you are in touch

The meeting will be on MS teams and the invite link is here:  Click here to join the meeting

Anne Sheddick

Governor Training Programme Autumn 2020 – update

Dear Colleagues,


Due to GDPR protocol we are unable to ask participants to sign in online, so I have created Eventbrite sessions for each date. Please register if you wish to attend.


Topic Date Time Day Eventbrite Link
Welcome to Buckinghamshire 16th Sept 18.30 – 19.30 Wed Welcome to Buckinghamshire


The Primary Governor’s Role in School Improvement 22nd Sept 18.30 – 19.30 Tue The Primary Governor’s Role in School Improvement


The Secondary Governor’s Role in School Improvement 1st Oct 18.30 – 19.30 Thu The Secondary Governor’s Role in School Improvement


Prevent Duty – Guidance for Governors 6th Oct 18.30 – 19.30 Tue PREVENT Duty – Guidance for Governors


The Role of the Governing Board 7th Oct 18.30 – 19.30 Wed The Role of the Governing Board


Developing Relationships with the Senior Leadership Team 14th Oct 18.30 – 19.30 Wed Developing Relationships with the Senior Leadership Team


Public Health Guidance and COVID-19 Updates for Governors 20th Oct 18.30 – 19.30 Tue Public Health Guidelines and COVID-19 Updates for Governors



I shall send out the Teams links again, closer to the dates.


Governor training programme for the Autumn 2020 term


Teams Instructions For Particpants


If you have any queries regarding the training sessions please contact





Hazel David

School Improvement Team

Children’s Services


Buckinghamshire Council

4th Floor, County Hall

Walton Street


HP20 1UZ

Governor Training Programme Autumn 2020

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the School Improvement Team have compiled a training programme for Governors for the Autumn term.  This is free to all Buckinghamshire school governors.  Further details, including links to the online sessions, are attached.

Governor training programme for the Autumn 2020 term

Teams Instructions For Particpants

As the meetings are online there is no need to book, however, if you require notes or documentation from the meeting you will be asked to sign in, providing your name, school, role and email address.

The meetings will be conducted using MS Teams and instructions for participants are attached.

If you have any queries regarding the briefings please contact




Hazel David

School Improvement Team

Children’s Services


Buckinghamshire Council

4th Floor, County Hall

Walton Street


HP20 1UZ

Postponed: BASG Spring Networking and Conference Spotlight on Disadvantaged

Based on the government’s declaration that the Coronavirus (COVID -19) is a public health emergency with increasing concerns, we at Buckinghamshire Association of School Governors have taken the decision to postpone our Spring Networking and Conference Spotlight on Disadvantaged. We feel that this decision is the most sensibly one based on the current unprecedented situation that continues to develop in this country and worldwide.

We will work hard over the next week or two to rearrange a suitable date that works for the National Governance Association and their speaker as well as the venue school, Booker Park Community School and send details out to you once this has been done.

In the meantime, there is no need for you to do anything regarding your booking on Eventbrite. You will be automatically booked onto the new date when announced and can make any changes to your booking preferences then.

Meanwhile keep safe in these uncertain times.

Autism Conference on 23rd March 2020

I am hosting a day Conference on Autism on behalf of Joint Commissioning and the SEN Team on 23rd March at Green Park in Aston Clinton.
It is the second time we have run this and it was well received last year.
I was wondering if you thought your SEND Governors or Chairs of Governors might be interested in attending? The programme is around autism friendly schools including the sensory classroom and autism in girls with Guest speaker Gareth Morewood and two local Special School head Teachers, Alison Rooney and Tara Deakes.

The conference is £49 and lunch is included. Booking is via Eventbrite.

We would be very grateful if you could circulate the information to your governing contacts

Kind regards


Sarah Tilston
Designated Clinical Officer for SEND
Autism Champion
Buckinghamshire County Council
Tuesday – Thursday 9:00 – 17:00
County Hall
Walton Street, Aylesbury, HP10 1UA

Please note that I am part-time and I don’t usually work Mondays and Fridays.

Making governance work – Workshop for new Governors

Making governance work – workshop for new Governors
Book Now for Networking follow up workshop
open to those who attended Induction training Autumn term 2019
2 dates and locations
Aylesbury- Green Park Aston Clinton, Saturday March 21st 9.30 -12.30

High Wycombe Cressex School Thursday 19th March 6-9pm

Apologies that due to venue availability we hace had to move the dates forward by one week
Please book early to avoid disappointment
Best wishes
Paul and Anne.

Buckinghamshire Schools Traded Services Forum for Buckinghamshire Governors & Headteachers

Buckinghamshire County Council are inviting all Buckinghamshire School Governors and Headteachers to attend their upcoming Schools Traded Service Forum events.

These two upcoming events, will share important updates and information about the current buyback period for schools on services on offer through Bucks.

The first of the Schools Traded Service Forum is being held on the 10th March at Harleyford Golf Club, Henley Road, Marlow, SL7 2SP. This the smaller of the two events.

The second event is on the 17th March at Green Park Training & Conference Centre, Stablebridge Road, Aston Clinton, HP22 5NE. This event will hold more attendees and have more services present for networking opportunities.

Please find attached the link to book through Eventbrite.

Forum Agenda 17th March Aylesbury[21193]



Free Governor Training for all Buckinghamshire Governors – Next Two Booking Date’s Open

The Schools Team have arranged several twilight workshops which are free to all Buckinghamshire governors:

17th March Safeguarding – Georgina Masefield and ESAS
2nd April Ofsted –
Naureen Kausar
29th April Safer Recruitment –
Pat Stappard
5th May Equalities –
Yvette Thomas
12th May PSHE –
Carol Stottor
3rd June SEND –
Belinda Nunn/Hero Slinn
9th June Finance –
Janaki Try
18th June Educational Visits –
Mike Harwin

The first 3 dates are available to book now, the rest will follow shortly. Please book your place following the links below:

17th March Safeguarding
2nd April Ofsted
29th April Safer Recruitment

5th May Equalities

12th May PSHE & RSE

All sessions will be held in the Mezz rooms at County Hall Aylesbury and will be from 6.30 to 8pm unless otherwise stated.


The Ofsted Inspection Framework with Lee Selby HMI. 23rd March 2020

Dear Chairs of Governors and Clerks,

You may remember that last year, our regional HMI, Lee Selby, came to speak to colleagues regarding the implementation of the new Ofsted framework. This meeting was very well received by Head Teachers across the county.

Although Lee has significant pressures on his time, he has offered to return to Bucks next month to share thoughts on the new inspection framework and to take feedback from colleagues.

In order to maximise his time, we have agreed that he will run two hour long sessions 9am to 10am and 10.30am to 11.30am on the 23rd March at the Gateway in Aylesbury.

Please follow the links below to book your place:



Any problems registering contact Hazel David



BASG Newsletter No. 1 February 2020

Bringing you a round-up of news and updates on BASG activities this first half term of 2020. And there is plenty to report on! January kicked off with the Buckinghamshire County Council Executive Director’s Briefings, where governors and headteachers gathered at County Hall and at Millbrook Combined School to hear updates on education and social care from the senior leaders in Children’s Services. The Chair of BASG, Paul Randall, made the most of his slot on the agenda to highlight the work BASG is doing with the Local Authority to keep governance in the spotlight and high up on the agenda in current and future planning. Click here to see the presentation slides from the briefings.

Keep an eye on our website for dates of the next briefings:

In February we have seen this term’s round of local Governor Network meetings, where governors from schools across the local area (or sometimes across the county!) come together in an informal setting to discuss wider issues around school governance and education and to share thoughts and concerns on local and national agendas. Feedback is gathered and the key points – safeguarding, SEND, governor training, funding and school improvement support – are escalated to the County Council Member for Education & Skills via the School Governance Consultative Board. Local Governor Network meetings are held termly in the following areas, usually over an abundance of coffee and cake!

• South Bucks

• High Wycombe

• Marlow

• Great Kingshill

• Aylesbury

• Amersham & Chesham – starting soon!

Please check the BASG website for dates of next term’s meetings and do come along and join in. Here is a snapshot of South Bucks governors in action at the meeting held on 8 February 2020 at the Quaker Meeting House in Jordans.

Meanwhile, the BASG Committee continues to meet monthly, keeping an oversight of the whole governance picture across Bucks, attending meetings with the LA and, most importantly at the moment, planning the BASG Spring Event, to which every governor in Buckinghamshire is invited! Here we are during half term, organising final details:

Do come along to hear Sam Henson of the National Governance Association talk about Spotlight on Disadvantage. The NGA’s Spotlight on Disadvantage campaign is informed by research undertaken to explore the Governing Board’s role in spending, monitoring and evaluating the Pupil Premium since its introduction in April 2011. Tickets are going quickly – get yours here:

A subject close to all our hearts – governor training. A reminder that the County Council is hosting a series of twilight workshops, which are free of charge to all Buckinghamshire governors. All sessions are delivered by BCC specialists and held in the Mezz rooms at County Hall in Aylesbury from 18:30 to 20:00 unless otherwise stated.

• 17 March 2020: Safeguarding, led by Georgina Masefield and ESAS

• 2 April 2020: Ofsted, led by Naureen Kausar

• 29 April 2020: Safer Recruitment, led by Pat Stappard

• 5 May 2020: Equalities, led by Yvette Thomas

• 12 May 2020: PSHE, led by Carol Stottor

• 3 June 2020: SEND, led by Hero Slinn and Belinda Nunn

• 9 June 2020: Schools Finance, led by Janaki Try

• 18 June 2020: Educational Visits, led by Mike Harwin


The first 2 dates are available to book now:



Recommended reading: as governors we are all pressed for time, but this article on the NGA website really is worth a read: If we needed further confirmation on the importance of what we do, it is heartening to hear Ofsted acknowledge that “Improving governance helps break the cycle of ‘stuck’ schools”. Something we would all 100% agree with, and to have Ofsted validating our work as we move into the next half term is reassuring.

Thank you to everyone who responded to the DfE consultation on the Removal of the Outstanding Exemption. The overwhelming consensus was that the exemption should be removed and BASG have sent a collective response to the DfE confirming this.N