Governor Support Team - Welcome and Notices

The information and links on this website will support you and your school in becoming more effective and in improving the outcomes for children.

The information contained on our website, in the first instance relates to Local Authority maintained schools.  Where there is no legal requirement, we advise on the basis of best practice based on the principles of effective governance, which could be applied to all categories of schools.  We hope our website will help you to make the most effective and efficient use of your valuable time. 

Our aim is to provide an outstanding service - your feedback on how we can improve is always welcomed.

Notices

In recognition of the frequent changes within the education world, we would like to signpost you to some useful information and reminders: -

  • The Staffing and employment guidance for schools has been updated.  This guidance is for school leaders, staff, governing boards, academy trusts and local authorities.  This guidance offers help with managing staff and employment issues.

  • Approaches to preventing and tackling bullying provides anti-bullying practices used by schools to prevent and tackle bullying, including case studies relating to racial, special educational needs and disability, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and cyber bullying.

  • Inspiring Governance and the National Governance Association have launched a joint campaign, Everyone on Board.  This features a film with six serving governors and trustees sharing their personal insight into why volunteers governing schools need to be diverse in order to be successful for all pupils.

  • General Data Protection Regulations came into place on 25 May 2018.  The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) have produced a package of tools and resources to help you get ready for the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).  The DfE have produced suggested Data protection; privacy notice model documents to issue to staff, parents and pupils about the collection of data.  The LA have prepared some guidance and example Privacy Notices for schools, these are available on the School Portal.  If you do not have access to the portal, contact your headteacher who will be able to provide the documents for you.

  • The NGA has recently updated its guide The Right People Around the Table.  The guide contains practical guidance and suggestions of good practice for the recruitment of governors and trustees.