Performance Management Guidance

Dear Colleagues,

Following on from the Executive Director Briefings we have produced guidance for schools and the performance management of teachers.

Please see the attached document, for further information contact the HR Service Desk hrservicedesk@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Performance Management Guidance

Regards,

Hazel

Hazel David

School Improvement Team

Children’s Services

Buckinghamshire Council

4th Floor, County Hall

Walton Street

Aylesbury,

HP20 1UZ

BASG Executive Minutes 12/10/2020

Meeting: BASG EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

 

Date & Time: 12 October 2020 at 18.00 hours

 

Location: Virtual meeting through Zoom

 

Present:

 

 

 

Apologies:

Paul Randall (Chair), Anne Sheddick (Vice Chair), Maggi Bull,

Joanne Marchant, Gwyneth Langley, Bernadette Allison (Secretary)

 

 

Jo Pearce, Peter Learner – received and accepted

 

   

Agenda Subject

   

Action

 

1.

 

Apologies for absence

 

 

Jo Pearce

Peter Learner

 
 

2.

 

Notification of any other business

 

 

Accounts – PR

 
 

3.

 

Declaration of interest

 

 

Maggi Bull – Chair of NGA

Gwyneth Langley – BEP

 
 

4.

 

Approval of minutes from the meeting held on 14.09.2020

 

 

Matters arising

 

AS informed the group, that she and her HT had continued to follow up with PGL regarding monies paid for a service which did not take place because of the COVID situation.

Their further communication with PGL, highlighted that non reimbursement of this money would have a negative impact on the school and the disadvantaged.

AS advised schools to follow up directly with PGL if they are in similar positions and they seek a positive outcome for their school.

Schools are welcome to make contact with her directly at

anne.sheddick@gmail.com

if they wish to discuss it further.

 

Minutes approved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AS

 

5.

 

 

 

Membership

 

 

New members to join BASG Executive Committee – PR intends to send out a communication asking interested governors to make contact with him to discuss further.

 

 

PR

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.

 

BEP update

 

GL on behalf of BEP, thanked PR for his attendance and involvement at the most recent BEP Chairs’ Conference which was held for those who have training membership. Very positive feedback had been received regarding the content of the BEP Conference.

 

GL fed back concerns/queries being raised by governors across Buckinghamshire. This ensures that, as appropriate, this can be fed back through the Consultative Board and its members to ensure a greater understanding of concerns across BUCKS.

 

Issues raised included:

·         Meeting arrangements during the pandemic

·         HTPM process

·         Dealing with Complaints during lockdown

·         Child Protection Policy – whether this is going to be reviewed by BC so a model policy is available for schools to use and adapt for their individual schools. It was felt this would be very supportive for schools.

·         Mental health issues with parents/pupils – mechanisms in place in schools

 

The group was reminded that there is a BEP Chair’s briefing (for all Chairs with or without training membership) on 13.11.2020 from 9.30-11.30

PR will add this information to BASG website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PR-to follow up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PR

 

7.

 

Schools

 

Discussion took place regarding Leadership and wellbeing in schools in the present situation.

The legal requirement for schools to have a Home Learning Plan in place adds to the pressure on schools.

PR will follow up regarding where we are with input from Bucks on this important area.

 

PR informed the group that Headteachers and Chairs of Governors are invited to attend a half day conference on

Closing the Gap in Buckinghamshire’ – Focus – addressing the needs of vulnerable groups

Friday Nov 6th 2020 1:30 – 4:00 pm

(link on SchoolsWeb)

It is an opportunity to hear colleagues and a keynote speaker address the issue of this important area in Buckinghamshire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PR

 

 

8.

 

Networking groups

 

Aylesbury networking group met in a virtual meeting on 30.09.2020.

The meeting was well attended with some new attendees joining the group.

 

Issues discussed included:

·         GDPR

·         Governor meetings

·         Return to school

·         Grouping of pupils

·         On-line learning

·         School costs/income in the present COVID situation

 

Dates for the next Aylesbury meeting are being explored so as to avoid clashes with other BC/BASG events, if possible.

 

Jordans networking group – next virtual meeting is planned for Saturday 7th November, 2020.

 

No news on Chesham or Wendover Networking groups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.

 

BASG events

 

BASG AGM – 14.01.2021 with Keynote speaker Emma Knights OBE (Chief Executive NGA)

 

In addition:

 

BASG Spotlight on Disadvantage with Sam Henson (Director of Policy and Information NGA) on either 30.11.2020 or 01.12.2020 tbc by PR.

 

 

PR/MB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PR

 

10.

 

Communication with BC

 

PR fed back to the group that the BC training programme which is being carried out this term has been very well received.

 

PR continues to keep in regular contact with BC which continues to facilitate a positive and growing trust across the authority for the role of governors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

 

Consultative Board

 

PL is now the Chair of the Consultative Board.

MB will continue within the group. PR (seconded by AS) wished to thank MB for her tireless work and her professional drive as Chair. She has been instrumental in the positive foundations and steps she has achieved for governors across the county within this group.

 

The next Consultative Board meeting will be held on 9th December, 2020.

 

 
12 AOB PR informed the group he will pursue signatory authority for BASG so outstanding invoices may be paid.

 

PR
 

 

 

 

Date and venue of next meeting

 

It was recommended that all meetings continue in the Autumn Term 2020 in a virtual format.

 

The next meeting of the BASG Executive group will be on Monday 9.11.2020 at 18.00

 

Meeting closed at 19.10

 

 

 

DfE School Governance Update October 2020 – updated 8th October 2020

Welcome to the October edition of the governance update. We know this has been an unusual start to the academic year. Governance has never been more critical, and governors and trustees have continued to provide support and strategic challenge within their schools and trusts. The actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak page is regularly updated with information for schools and academy trusts over this period.

Please also see the changes to the school exclusion process during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak page which is recently updated statutory guidance.

1. New school and trust governance role descriptors

We have published new role descriptors designed to provide high-level information about the roles in maintained school and academy trust governance, and the responsibilities of each role.

The maps and descriptions contained in the documents serve as an introduction to, and clarification of, the various roles in the governance system. The descriptors also include links to further support and guidance that you may find helpful. We would encourage you to read and share these descriptors within your governing board.

In addition, Baroness Berridge has written to all academy trust members highlighting the importance of their role in the governance system and to share the role descriptors.

2. Publication of the governance handbook (2020 edition)

The Governance Handbook is updated for 2020 to reflect policy and legislation changes from the past year, or to clarify language where necessary. For example, it includes information about cyber security in schools and the new requirement for trust boards to have a clerk/governance professional. There is also a new foreword by Baroness Berridge, who took over the role of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System in February 2020.

There are references to legislative and policy changes impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19), where this is seen as essential, but otherwise, please continue to use dedicated coronavirus guidance pages on GOV.UK.

3. Governing and trust boards’ role and meetings during coronavirus (COVID-19)

It is important that governing and trust boards continue to support and collaborate with executive leaders and ensure that they are still fulfilling their duties regarding the 3 core functions of governance as set out in the Governance Handbook.

Governing and trust boards should continue to take a pragmatic approach to meetings. We would expect the chair to keep the conversation open with board members on how they wish to meet and make arrangements, as necessary. If any board members do decide to meet in person, then they would need to comply with social distancing, any local health and safety measures and the school and trust’s risk assessment.

Arrangements for meetings must facilitate all members’ needs so that boards can function effectively and in accordance with their legal (and any other governance) requirements, clerks and governance professionals will be essential in facilitating this.

4. Cyber-security for schools

The Department for Education and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has been made aware of an increasing number of cyber-attacks involving ransomware infection affecting the education sector.

We recently wrote to school leaders with guidance on ransomware. Following this guidance will help schools cover the basics. You should:

  • have an incident plan and test it
  • make sure your data is backed up offline and test the recovery of it
  • regularly review your defences and controls

We also worked with the NCSC on cyber security questions for governors and trustees to help inform conversations with school leaders.

5. Funded training and development programmes

Our funded development programmes are now available virtually and are suitable for home working.

The governance leadership programmes are ideal for those in roles such as chair, vice chair or committee chair and will support you to work with your board to increase its effectiveness.

The governance clerking programmes are suitable for all school, academy or trust board clerks and aim to increase clerking expertise.

For further details on these programmes go to our guidance on academy and school governance: professional development.

6. National Leaders of Governance (NLG) reform recommendations

In September 2020, we published the recommendations of our external advisory group on NLG reform. The report sets out the findings and recommendations of the NLG reform external advisory group.

7. National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER): report on school and trust governance

NFER have published a research report on school and trust governance, from a survey of those involved in governance from 1,207 individual schools, academies and trusts, and 30 interviews with individuals.

The report provides an independent picture of various elements of school and trust governance, including:

  • governance structures and the distribution of responsibility
  • size and characteristics of governing bodies
  • recruitment and retention
  • the experiences of and challenges faced by those involved in governance

Conclusions are drawn about the governance system as a whole, as well as about specific types of governing boards, and the report suggests areas where support and guidance for the sector could be improved.

8. Provide or update contact details

School and trust governance details are set out on the get information about schools (GIAS) website. It is important that these details are kept up to date, including email addresses, so the department can send direct communications when necessary. Academy trusts must notify ESFA about the appointment or vacating of governance roles within their trust. This is a requirement in the Academies Financial Handbook.

Contact your clerk or governance professional to add or update information in the governance section of GIAS using the school/trust’s DfE sign-in account.

If you are a clerk, governance professional, or are otherwise unable to upload your details to GIAS, email schoolgovernance.update@education.gov.uk and we will add you to the circulation list for this update manually.

DfE School Governance Update – October 2020 edition

Welcome to the October edition of the governance update. We know this has been an unusual start to the academic year. Governance has never been more critical, and governors and trustees have continued to provide support and strategic challenge within their schools and trusts. The actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak page is regularly updated with information for schools and academy trusts over this period.

Please also see the changes to the school exclusion process during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak page which is recently updated statutory guidance.

1. New school and trust governance role descriptors

We have published new role descriptors designed to provide high-level information about the roles in maintained school and academy trust governance, and the responsibilities of each role.

The maps and descriptions contained in the documents serve as an introduction to, and clarification of, the various roles in the governance system. The descriptors also include links to further support and guidance that you may find helpful. We would encourage you to read and share these descriptors within your governing board.

In addition, Baroness Berridge has written to all academy trust members highlighting the importance of their role in the governance system and to share the role descriptors.

2. Publication of the governance handbook (2020 edition)

The Governance Handbook is updated for 2020 to reflect policy and legislation changes from the past year, or to clarify language where necessary. For example, it includes information about cyber security in schools and the new requirement for trust boards to have a clerk/governance professional. There is also a new foreword by Baroness Berridge, who took over the role of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System in February 2020.

There are references to legislative and policy changes impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19), where this is seen as essential, but otherwise, please continue to use dedicated coronavirus guidance pages on GOV.UK.

3. Governing and trust boards’ role and meetings during coronavirus (COVID-19)

It is important that governing and trust boards continue to support and collaborate with executive leaders and ensure that they are still fulfilling their duties regarding the 3 core functions of governance as set out in the Governance Handbook.

Governing and trust boards should continue to take a pragmatic approach to meetings. We would expect the chair to keep the conversation open with board members on how they wish to meet and make arrangements, as necessary. If any board members do decide to meet in person, then they would need to comply with the rule of 6, social distancing, any local health and safety measures and the school and trust’s risk assessment.

Arrangements for meetings must facilitate all members’ needs so that boards can function effectively and in accordance with their legal (and any other governance) requirements, clerks and governance professionals will be essential in facilitating this.

4. Cyber-security for schools

The Department for Education and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has been made aware of an increasing number of cyber-attacks involving ransomware infection affecting the education sector.

We recently wrote to school leaders with guidance on ransomware. Following this guidance will help schools cover the basics. You should:

  • have an incident plan and test it
  • make sure your data is backed up offline and test the recovery of it
  • regularly review your defences and controls

We also worked with the NCSC on cyber security questions for governors and trustees to help inform conversations with school leaders.

5. Funded training and development programmes

Our funded development programmes are now available virtually and are suitable for home working.

The governance leadership programmes are ideal for those in roles such as chair, vice chair or committee chair and will support you to work with your board to increase its effectiveness.

The governance clerking programmes are suitable for all school, academy or trust board clerks and aim to increase clerking expertise.

For further details on these programmes go to our guidance on academy and school governance: professional development.

6. National Leaders of Governance (NLG) reform recommendations

In September 2020, we published the recommendations of our external advisory group on NLG reform. The report sets out the findings and recommendations of the NLG reform external advisory group.

7. National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER): report on school and trust governance

NFER have published a research report on school and trust governance, from a survey of those involved in governance from 1,207 individual schools, academies and trusts, and 30 interviews with individuals.

The report provides an independent picture of various elements of school and trust governance, including:

  • governance structures and the distribution of responsibility
  • size and characteristics of governing bodies
  • recruitment and retention
  • the experiences of and challenges faced by those involved in governance

Conclusions are drawn about the governance system as a whole, as well as about specific types of governing boards, and the report suggests areas where support and guidance for the sector could be improved.

8. Provide or update contact details

School and trust governance details are set out on the get information about schools (GIAS) website. It is important that these details are kept up to date, including email addresses, so the department can send direct communications when necessary. Academy trusts must notify ESFA about the appointment or vacating of governance roles within their trust. This is a requirement in the Academies Financial Handbook.

Contact your clerk or governance professional to add or update information in the governance section of GIAS using the school/trust’s DfE sign-in account.

If you are a clerk, governance professional, or are otherwise unable to upload your details to GIAS, email schoolgovernance.update@education.gov.uk and we will add you to the circulation list for this update manually.

NGA – Interim Ofsted Visits in the Autumn Term

During the partial closure of schools in the summer term, routine Ofsted inspections were suspended. As schools have now fully reopened, Ofsted have begun a phased return to full inspections; carrying out interim visits in schools across England.

 

This information sheet covers: NGA_COVID-19_Information-sheet_Ofsted_autumn_term_Oct_2020

  • the purpose of Ofsted interim visits
  • an outline of what the interim visits will look like this autumn
  • what school leaders and governing boards can expect if their schools are visited by Ofsted

Interim visits will not result in any evaluation or graded judgement of a school, nor will they use the education inspection framework and school inspection handbook. School leaders are not required to make any specific preparations for these visits.

 

Further reading

Free Governor Training Sessions – Update

Dear Colleagues,

Please see the attached document which contains the dates for the online Governor training, Autumn 2020 and the links to the Eventbrite registration pages.

Governor training programme Autumn 2020

You are required to register via Eventbrite (links attached) as we use the contact list for communicating updates and documentation. If you do not register on

Eventbrite you may miss out on important information, such as cancellations, updates or documentation.

It is advisable to register at least 72 hours before the start of the course; a course may be cancelled if there are low numbers and, again, you may miss out on

vital information.

The next session is PREVENT on Tuesday 6th October at 6.30pm.

Also attached are instructions for using MS Teams. For any session it is recommended you join the meeting 10-15 minutes beforehand, in case you encounter

any problems and need to message schoolgovernance@buckinghamshire.gov.uk for assistance.

Teams Instructions For Particpants

I apologise for any confusion that may have arisen regarding registering for these training sessions, if you would like any further information please contact me.

 

Kind regards,

 

Hazel David

School Improvement Team

Children’s Services

 

Buckinghamshire Council

4th Floor, County Hall

Walton Street

Aylesbury,

HP20 1UZ

Cyber Security Alert from the National Cyber Security Centre(NCSC) concerning a National rise in Ransomware attacks on UK Schools, Colleges and Universities

Sent on behalf of Simon James, Service Director, Education

Dear Colleagues,

The NCSC has today posted on their web site an Alert concerning a National rise of Ransomware attacks of UK Schools, Colleges and Universities.

This is accessible via this link or you can read the item as below https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/alert-issued-following-rising-attacks-on-uk-academia

“17th September 2020. Cyber security alert issued following rising attacks on UK academia

The NCSC has issued an alert to the academic sector following a spate of online attacks against UK schools, colleges and universities.

  • The National Cyber Security Centre, a part of GCHQ, is supporting establishments to keep criminals out of their networks after a spike in ransomware attacks.
  • The rise in attacks was recorded in August as cyber criminals turn their attention to a sector focused on the return of students.
  • The advice has been created with the input of the sector, and is the latest in a series of support packages for academia.

Cyber security experts have today (Thursday) stepped up support for UK schools, colleges, and universities following a spate of online attacks with the potential to de-rail their preparations for the new term.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) issued an alert to the sector containing a number of steps they can take to keep cyber criminals out of their networks, following a recent spike in ransomware attacks.

The NCSC dealt with several ransomware attacks against education establishments in August, which caused varying levels of disruption, depending on the level of security establishments had in place.

Ransomware attacks typically involve the encryption of an organisation’s data by cyber criminals, who then demand money in exchange for its recovery.

With institutions either welcoming pupils and students back for a new term, or preparing to do so, the NCSC’s alert urges them to take immediate steps such as ensuring data is backed up and also stored on copies offline.

They are also urged to read the NCSC’s newly-updated guidance on mitigating malware and ransomware attacks, and to develop an incident response plan which they regularly test.

Paul Chichester, Director of Operations at the NCSC, said:

“This criminal targeting of the education sector, particularly at such a challenging time, is utterly reprehensible.

“While these have been isolated incidents, I would strongly urge all academic institutions to take heed of our alert and put in place the steps we suggest, to help ensure young people are able to return to education undisrupted.

“We are absolutely committed to ensuring UK academia is as safe as possible from cyber threats, and will not hesitate to act when that threat evolves.”

The new alert, Targeted ransomware attacks on the UK education sector by cyber criminals, supplements existing support that the NCSC, which is a part of GCHQ, provides academic institutions across the UK.

Examples of this include advice on the questions governing bodies and trustees should ask school leaders to improve a school’s understanding of cyber security risks, and the distribution of information cards which help staff understand how they can raise their school’s resilience to attack.

David Corke, Director of Education and Skills Policy at the Association of Colleges, said:

“As the last six months have shown us, it has never been more important for colleges to have the right digital infrastructure in order to be able to protect their systems and keep learning happening, whatever the circumstance.

“This needs a whole college approach and for a focus wider than just systems, it needs to include supporting leaders, teachers and students to recognise threats, mitigate against them, and act decisively when something goes wrong.

“This guidance will prove incredibly useful for colleges to ensure that they can do just that.”

Steve Kennett, Executive Director of e-infrastructure at the higher education support body Jisc, said:

“Jisc welcome the NCSC support in dealing with the current spate of ransomware impacting the UK Education and Research community.

“We encourage everyone to review the latest guidance from the NCSC and take the time to assess the risks to their organisation.”

Institutions that have been infected with ransomware have seen their ability to operate effectively and deliver services significantly obstructed and, depending on an organisation’s level of resilience, it can take weeks – and in some cases months – for services to return to normal.

Often the aim of cyber criminals deploying ransomware is to encrypt data that will have the most impact on an organisation’s services. This can affect access to computer networks as well as services including telephone systems and websites.

The NCSC has recently updated its ransomware and malware guidance, which is generally applicable to organisations in all industries in the UK. Additions to this include updated information on attackers’ modus operandi and advice on preparing for an incident.

Further information:

  • Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents you from accessing your computer (or the data that is stored on it). The computer itself may become locked, or the data on it might be stolen, deleted, or encrypted.
  • Exercising is one of the most effective ways an organisation can test how it responds to cyber incidents and identify areas for improvement. Exercise in a Box is a free online tool from the NCSCwhich helps organisations test and practise their response to a cyber-attack, including ransomware attacks”

The NCSC are dealing directly with the relevant academic sectors, establishments and the above item contains the appropriate guidance and mitigation. This link is direct to their comprehensive guidance.https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/alert-targeted-ransomware-attacks-on-uk-education-sector

If there are any questions concerning this, please make contact direct with the NCSC via their contact process: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/section/about-this-website/contact-us

As a reminder, Cyber Attacks are to be reported to Action Fraud and not the local Police Force: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

Regards,

Simon James

Service Director: Education

 

Children’s Services

Buckinghamshire Council

County Hall, Walton Street, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP20 1UZ

Simon.james@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Executive Assistant – Helen Carnie

Helen.Carnie@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Tel: 01296 382184.

BASG Executive Minutes 14/9/2020

 

Meeting: BASG EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

 

Date & Time: 14 September 2020 at 18.00 hours

 

Location: Virtual meeting through Zoom

 

Present:

 

 

 

Apologies:

Paul Randall (Chair), Anne Sheddick (Vice Chair), Maggi Bull,

Joanne Marchant, Peter Lerner, Gwyneth Langley, Bernadette Allison (Secretary)

 

Jo Pearce

 

   

Agenda Subject

   

Action

 

1.

 

Apologies for absence

 

 

Jo Pearce

 
 

2.

 

Notification of any other business

 

 

Communication – PR with BC/governors

(covered under Agenda item 10)

 
 

3.

 

Declaration of interest

 

 

Maggi Bull – Chair of NGA

Gwyneth Langley – BEP

 
 

4.

 

Approval of minutes from the meeting held on 17.08.2020

 

 

Minutes approved

 

Follow up is on-going and addressed within the agenda

 

AS has been involved with the on-going follow up with PGL

 

If any schools are in the process of this, AS is happy to share her experiences about a possible resolution

Contact: anne.sheddick@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.

 

 

 

Membership

 

 

PR informed the group that Tomas Pukalski has requested that he does not attend meetings at present. He is happy to support with the maintenance of website and technical support, if required.

 

The Executive group wished to thank TP for his work for BASG and his contribution to the refreshed website.

 

The group discussed new membership to the committee and routes to take in order to achieve this. Networking groups may be a possible route, communication through BEP may be another.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.

 

BEP update

 

GL gave comprehensive feedback of queries/questions BEP have received from other governors within Buckinghamshire.

 

These are:

·         Concerns about procedural matters during the present pandemic and how the virtual situation can proceed

·         Governor elections

·         Safeguarding

·         Provision of training for Managing allegations

·         SFVS – when will the deadline be this year (31.12.2020?)

·         Expectations from BC for Home Learning (DfE has issued a document outlining this)

·         Attendance – clarification that Home Learning is not an option if pupil does not need to isolate

·         LA appointment of governors

 

It is useful to have this overview of concerns across the authority and MB will make sure that the Consultative Board are kept up to date, so the voice of governors is being heard and a cyclical approach to communication is being actioned.

 

 

 

 

 

7.

 

Schools opening for more pupils

 

It has been encouraging to see positive reports through the media although there does still seem to be some confusion in social media.

 

There do seem to be some issues with social distancing outside schools at the end of the school day.

Good information is also being communicated through risk assessments including for Before and After School activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.

 

Networking groups

 

Aylesbury networking group is planning a virtual meeting on 30.09.2020.

 

AS will communicate about the next South Bucks networking group.

 

It would be good if these can be signposted as these groups are part of the processes in place within Bucks to help and support for governor communication across the county and are part of the network to ensure governors’ thoughts are being supplied.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.

 

AGM 2020

 

BASG AGM – 14.01.2021 with Keynote speaker Emma Knights OBE (Chief Executive NGA)

 

In addition:

 

BASG Spotlight on Disadvantage with Sam Henson (Director of Policy and Information NGA) on either 30.11.2020 or 01.12.2020 TBC.

 

The group wished to express their thanks to AR for her on-going work to support the updating of the BASG website and social media avenues with current governor new/events.

 

 

PR/MB

 

10.

 

Communication with BC

 

The group thanked PR for sharing with the committee the letter he sent out to governors explaining about the confusion which had inadvertently arisen regarding agendas and the template used for FGB’s in the Autumn Term. The Committee thanked PR for the swift follow up he had provided on the matter and his accompanying explanation.

 

PR highlighted the work which has taken place with BC on:

 

·         Training (overview of virtual training for governors provided by BC)

·         Agenda coverage for FGB’s for Autumn 2020

·         Work with HT’s

·         Induction

·         Leadership briefings run by BC (due to take place September/October)

 

PR continues to work closely with BC to ensure the relationship is productive.

 

The question was asked as to whether Leadership Briefings could be opened up to all governors beyond Heads and Chairs.

Thank you to JM for following up on this. It was clarified that these meetings need to remain as access for Heads and Chairs only.

 

However, it was stated that Chairs should ensure if their attendance is not possible that their Board is represented at the ‘meeting’ by anther fellow governor.

Also, Chairs should ensure their Board is updated on the information provided at the briefing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JM

 

 

11

 

Consultative Board

 

MB is working with BC on finalizing the Agenda for the next Consultative meeting and will take into account input from the agenda items from this meeting. The template agenda will be used but anticipates Safeguarding and Public health will be present as an agenda item.

 

MB informed the group that she intends to step down from her role as Chair of the Consultative Board and has proposed PL to take over the role. PL has extensive knowledge as a manager of working with local councils at a senior level. MB intends to approach a HT to second this. She will also make contact with other members of the Consultative Board.

 

 
 

 

 

 

Date and venue of next meeting

 

It was recommended that all meetings continue in the Autumn Term 2020 in a virtual format.

 

Monday 12.10.2020 at 18.00

 

Meeting closed at 19.25

 

 

 

Governor Training Sessions Autumn 2020 – New dates

Governor training programme for the Autumn 2020 term 2

Teams Instructions For Particpants

Dear Colleagues,

The training sessions for governors in the second half of the Autumn term have been added to Eventbrite and you may now book your place.  All sessions are being conducted via MS Teams and I have also attached instructions.

Please see the attached document which contains all the links to the sessions with dates and times.

If you have any queries please contact me.

Kind regards,

Hazel David

School Improvement Team

Children’s Services

Buckinghamshire Council

4th Floor, County Hall

Walton Street

Aylesbury,

HP20 1UZ

 07824 482570

Hazel.David@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

NGA Annual School Subscription for 2020/21 – Learning Link

Dear Colleagues,

As you are aware, Buckinghamshire Council have renewed the NGA membership, for Buckinghamshire maintained schools 2020-2021. The package for 2020-2021 covers the Standard membership and Learning Link for all Governors and Clerks in maintained schools.

Maintained schools that wish to upgrade to the Gold package will be charged the difference of £158.

Academies

Buckinghamshire Council offer membership at the discounted rate of £87 for the Standard package.  The NGA do recommend that academies take the Gold package, which is discounted at £245.  If you are unsure which package you have opted for please contact me at schoolgovernance@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

If you wish to purchase Learning Link the cost is £59 per school.  Further information is located on the NGA website:  https://www.nga.org.uk/Membership.aspx

To confirm purchase of your annual membership and the package required, please contact Hazel David by Friday 11th September 2020 at schoolgovernance@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Regards,

Hazel David

Education Team

Children’s Services

Buckinghamshire Council

4th Floor, County Hall

Walton Street

Aylesbury,

HP20 1UZ

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