Governor Support - Latest notices

Governance has never been more critical, and governors and trustees have continued to provide support and strategic challenge within their schools and trusts.

In recognition of the frequent changes within the education world, governors and trustees can find regular up-to-date information from various sources: 

The Local Authority (LA) continue to circulate communications via email, to leaders in schools.  These updates contain up-to-date information for schools and early years setting, some of which may also be useful to school governors and trustees.  All Covid-19 Schools updates can be viewed on the Cumbria County Council (CCC) website. 

The National Governance Association (NGA) latest COVID-19 information and guidance for governors, trustees and clerks provides a wealth of information.

The Department for Education (DfE) continue to regularly update guidance for educational settings. The actions for school during the coronavirus outbreak page is a useful resource which is kept up to date with information for schools and academy trusts over this period. 

We hope the information and links above will provide support during this time, however, If you have further queries please contact: gst@cumbria.gov.uk.

NGA learning link elearning (PDF 532KB)The learning improvement service are delighted to announce that all schools in Cumbria are able to access NGA learning link elearning platform free of charge. Schools will be able to sign up from 19 April 2021.

Clerks will be invited to orientation meetings early in the summer term, which will enable clerks to support governing boards to sign up and make the most effective use of the training modules. These will take place: 

  • Monday 26 April at 2pm 
  • Thursday 29 April at 6pm 
  • Friday 30 April at 10am

Places for these events can be booked through the School Development Team school.development@cumbria.gov.uk 

SLA online system

New vodcasts on the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS): The Department for Education (DfE) published the new Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework to be used from 1 September 2021 and a summary of amendments to the safety and welfare requirements in the EYFS. More information can be found here.

The first vodcast is aimed at headteachers, senior leadership and governors, and includes presentations and a QandA from DfE and Ofsted as well as an interview with Clare Lishman, Director of Early Years at the Northumberland Church of England Academy Trust, about her experiences as a senior leader during the early adopter year.

Early Years Foundation Stage Briefing papers: Over the coming months to prepare for the implementation of the Revised EYFS framework in September 2021. The early years team will be providing monthly briefing papers and webinars to support schools preparations.

They aim to:

  • Select key themes that will support the transition from one framework to another. 
  • Share materials and resources schools will be able to use to support and review their practice and provision to meet the revised framework requirements. 
  • Draw on helpful information from our early adopter schools to share their learning and key points for implementation.
  • Provide accessible tools, recorded webinar presentations/training that headteachers, managers, governors and staff can access to support the preparation in settings and schools.

In revising the EYFS framework it was intended that the key areas for consideration and review were data, workload, curriculum, development matters and the role of assessment

Please follow the link for the Draft Early Years Foundation Stage implementation September 2021, for comment EYFS STAT Framework 2018 Pilot 

School governance update: The DfE has released the April 2021 edition of the governance update.