The year ahead in education:the issues for school governors               Emma Knights              Chief Executive      N...
The past year•   More data and less guidance•   More emphasis on school-to-school support•   Education Act 2011 – NGA brie...
Key issues for governors•   School improvement•   School leadership•   School structures•   Improving the effectiveness of...
School improvement• Higher aspirations and emphasis on attainment with  rising floor targets   – Primary: 60% pupils achie...
School improvement con’d• Are we doing the best we can for all our children and  young people? If not, why not?• Are we pr...
School leadership• Performance management of the Head• Good relationships – support & challenge• Management structure fit ...
School structures• Is our school’s structure fit for purpose?• The driver can be improving standards or recruitment of  a ...
Effective governance1. The right people round the table2. Understanding role & responsibilities3. Good chairing4. Professi...
Size & composition of GBs• From September 2012 LA maintained GBs will be able to  change their size & composition if they ...
Governors are leadersLord Hill, under-secretary of state for education inJuly’s Governing Matters : the governing body is ...
Join usStandard NGA membership for a school GB is £70,  and you receive:• weekly e-newsletter for all governors,• five cop...
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A presentation given by Emma Kinghts of the National Governors Association, to the AGM of the Birmingham Governors Network.

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Emma Knight - National Governors Association - year ahead for school governors

  1. 1. The year ahead in education:the issues for school governors Emma Knights Chief Executive National Governors’ Association www.nga.org.uk 0121 237 3780
  2. 2. The past year• More data and less guidance• More emphasis on school-to-school support• Education Act 2011 – NGA briefing for members• School funding update• Pupil premium & ‘closing the gap’• New admissions code• Special educational needs & disabilities• Curriculum reviews• DfE governance review
  3. 3. Key issues for governors• School improvement• School leadership• School structures• Improving the effectiveness of governanceThese issues inter-relate
  4. 4. School improvement• Higher aspirations and emphasis on attainment with rising floor targets – Primary: 60% pupils achieving level 4 in English and Maths (plus at least the national average making the expected levels of progress between KS1 and KS 2 in English and Maths) – Secondary: raised to 40% pupils getting 5 A-C in 2012, going up to 50% by 2015• Do we understand the school’s performance data, including progress for different groups of children? – See NGA’s Briefing notes 1 & 2 RAISEonline for governors• Do we know the school’s strengths & weaknesses? – How do we seek views from stakeholders? – What do we know about the quality of teaching?
  5. 5. School improvement con’d• Are we doing the best we can for all our children and young people? If not, why not?• Are we providing the right offer for all the children?• What are the levers the governing body has for change?• Are our agendas driven by the school’s development• New appraisal policy: – The Head’s appraisal and setting the culture for all the staff – Ensuring CPD• Expert advice & support; who should we work with?• Changes in Ofsted inspection from September
  6. 6. School leadership• Performance management of the Head• Good relationships – support & challenge• Management structure fit for purpose?• Skills to cover the full range of roles – in particular HR, business management• Recruiting: – new guide published with National College• The next generation
  7. 7. School structures• Is our school’s structure fit for purpose?• The driver can be improving standards or recruitment of a new head• For maintained schools, will converting to an academy improve the outcomes for children?• More diversity: need to understand the range of options, including federations and multi-academies• Federation has been shown to improve outcomes for children and governance, and can reduce costs• Which other schools could we work with - and how?• Choosing a sponsor
  8. 8. Effective governance1. The right people round the table2. Understanding role & responsibilities3. Good chairing4. Professional clerking5. Good relationships based on trust6. Knowing the school – the data, the staff, the parents, the children, the community7. Committed to asking challenging questions8. Confident to have courageous conversations in the interests of the children and young people
  9. 9. Size & composition of GBs• From September 2012 LA maintained GBs will be able to change their size & composition if they wish (academies already this freedom)• The legislation is permissive – you can change within limits if you want but you do not have to• A minimum of two parent governors, the head; one staff governor, one authority governor, and no ratios apart from foundation governors• Minimum size to be lowered to seven• More emphasis on skills: undertake a skills audit• Review your size, composition & committee structure
  10. 10. Governors are leadersLord Hill, under-secretary of state for education inJuly’s Governing Matters : the governing body is ‘the top strategic body in the school’.It’s up to us to hold school leaders to account: Stay strategic and focussed on school improvement Have confidence; don’t wait to be toldGet involved in the National College’s developmentprogramme for chairs Good luck with the year ahead
  11. 11. Join usStandard NGA membership for a school GB is £70, and you receive:• weekly e-newsletter for all governors,• five copies of the bi-monthly 40 page NGA members’ magazine Governing Matters,• access to the members’ area of the website,• a free place at NGA member regional events and national conferencesGOLD package for £250 includes legal advice and other enhanced benefits e.g. Welcome to Governance

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