Governor Support Team - latest notices

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

  • Cumbria County Council's legal team are running free training on exclusions and the Independent Review Panel (IRP) process on Monday 28th October 2019 from 9.30am-1.30pm at Kendal County Hall.
    The training is aimed at those who sit on IRPs, Headteachers and Governors who would like to start sitting on IRPs, and Governors and SMT staff who may be involved in dealing with exclusions.  Whether you are experienced in dealing with exclusions or are yet to attend an IRP, come along to update your knowledge, discuss the statutory exclusion guidance and gain insight into how IRPs work.
    If you are interested in attending please contact Jane Gilbertson at
  • The DfE have recently updated the statutory guidance Keeping children safe in education (PDF 8.5MB).  Governing boards are advised to take notice of the recommendation from the DfE that all members of the governing board should have undertaken a section 128 check.
  • The healthy schools rating scheme is a self-assessment tool designed to help schools improve the health and wellbeing of their pupils.
  • The training brochure for 2019/20 is now available and can be found on our Training and development page along with details of cluster training opportunities.
  • Data protection: privacy notice model documents the Department for Education have amended the suggested: Privacy notice: suggested text for school and trust governance roles.
  • Careers guidance and access for education and training providers is statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff.  The guidance also includes information and guidance around the Gatsby Benchmarks which every school should be met by the end of 2020.
  • Ofsted has published the outcome of the consultation on its new education inspection framework. The consultation was the result of nearly 2 years of research and engagement with teachers, headteachers, governors, unions, academics and parents. The new framework and inspection handbooks will be used across all education inspections from September 2019.
  • The DfE has recently published an updated version of the Governance Handbook.  
  • The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is an independent charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement.  Their website contains free reports, evidence-based resources and toolkits to support teachers and leaders improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils.  The EEF have recently produced an accessible guide to becoming an evidence informed school governor or trustee.
  • Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education: FAQs.  Information from the Department for Education about the introduction of compulsory relationships education and RSE from September 2020.