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Chris caroe df e presentation governorlive 25062013


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Chris Caroe, Head of School Governance Unit, DfE. Presentation at Modern Governor's #GovernorLive unconference event for school governors, held on 25th June 2013.

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Chris caroe df e presentation governorlive 25062013

  1. 1. School & AcademyGovernanceA policy overview25 June 2013Chris Caroe, Head of the School Governance Unit
  2. 2. High quality governance is crucial To children’s education and life chances To holding heads and schools to account To making the most of dedicated volunteers To the future of schools1Yet Ofsted find too many schools have mediocre governance
  3. 3. We want all GBs to operate as non-executive boardsfocused on three core functions – as reflected inOfsted’s inspection criteria2 clarity of vision and ethos engaging stakeholders meeting statutory dutiesSetting strategicdirectionCreating robustaccountabilityEnsuring financialprobity accountability for teaching, achievement, behaviour and safety strengthening school leadership performance managing the headteacher contributing to school self-evaluation solvency and effective financial management use of Pupil Premium and other resources to overcomebarriers to learning
  4. 4. A range of policy ambitions underpin this vision ofmore ‘professionalised’ school governance31. To raise the profile of governance and set a clear policy framework2. To see GB constitution focused more on skills3. To liberate and empower GBs4. To build the capacity and effectiveness of GBs5. To ensure GBs are held to account for their effectiveness
  5. 5. We have aimed to clarify our policy expectations asgovernance has continued to rise up the agenda4Aim 1: Profile and clarityHigher profile Governors’ Handbook Core functions Policy note on payment Academies Financial Handbook Response to Select CommitteeinquiryClear policy In Parliament From HMCI and Ofsted From the Minister
  6. 6. We want GBs to focus on constituting and recruitingto secure the skills they need to carry out theirdemanding functions5Aim 2: Focus on skills Categories do not guarantee good stakeholder engagement; can inflate sizeand restrict ability to recruit governors with necessary skills Considerable freedom for academies – transition to academy status keyopportunity to review and refresh GB From Sept 2012, maintained schools may opt into less prescriptiveregulations and so focus more on appointing governors for their skills
  7. 7. We want GBs to feel liberated and empowered tofocus on holding their headteacher to account6Aim 3: Liberate and empower New regs on Roles, Procedures and Allowances from Sept 2013 Duties removed or simplified Less prescriptive model academy ArticlesReducingbureaucracy New sources of objective data Questions for GBs to ask National College workshopsEmpoweringaccountability
  8. 8. We are committed to continuing, and looking at howwe can increase, our support to GBs7Aim 4: Build capacitySupport, training and advice Governor recruitment No plans to mandate governortraining Aiming to expand role of NationalCollege GovernorLine contract expires inDecember 13 Promoting the importance of clerking Funding for SGOSS committed to2015 to enable growth Lord Nash discussion with employersin Sept on employee volunteering No plans to start paying governors
  9. 9. 8 Explicit focus in every inspection External review in Category 3 schools Re-inspection of Category 3 schools within two yearsInspection Warning notices and IEBs Termination of academy funding agreements Help for failing schools to find high quality academy sponsorInterventionVolunteer doesn’t mean amateur, GBs need to be heldto account for their effectiveness, under-performancewill be addressedAim 5: Sharpen accountability
  10. 10. GBs will also want to consider the implications ofsome interesting emerging practice Benefits of MATs, UTs, school sponsors,federations, diocese, etc9Is the standalone GBideal? Executive heads / Trust CEOs providing professionalchallenge and performance management of schoolleadersIs there a role for someprofessionalaccountability?
  11. 11. For more information please or comments can be sent