School-led model for School Improvement Service

I’ve just come back from a meeting of Heads and Governors where a group of Headteachers who have been working on a replacement for Haringey’s school improvement service were presenting their progress so far and asking for our input.

You can see a scan of the handout/presentation here:

School Led School Improvement

Dawn Ferdinand talked us through the model used in Barnet. You can read more about that here:

Governors’ and Headteachers’ Conference 2017

The Children and Young People’s Service

Governance Services
Saturday 25 March 2017 – 9.00am–12.45pm (followed by buffet lunch)
‘Looking to the Future – Sustainable Governance’

Professional Development Centre, Downhills Park Road, London N17 6AR

Two Key Note Speakers

  • Maggie Farrar, CBE, Education Development Trust – “School Led models of School  Improvement”
  • Andrew Dodge, Independent Governor Trainer/Consultant –“Alternative models of Governance”

There will be an opportunity to discuss the challenges facing schools and how this may impact on governance, to share good practice and ideas.

Book your place now though the online booking system at

All schools are entitled to one free place so make sure that your school is represented.

Schools that buy into Governors Services training and support have unlimited free places.

HGA Meeting 7th March, 7pm

You are welcome to the HGA meeting on





  • The schools and local authority black achievement project – Jane Blakey
  • Primary reading challenge and strategy – Jane Blakey
  • National Funding Formula – an impending crisis for schools? – Will Wawn
  • Fair Funding for all schools Campaign – Celia Dignan

Governors will be able to ask questions, share ideas , listen to others and bring other issues which matter to them.

How to book

Book online via   with the login details sent to you by Governor Services or your school governing body clerk

If you have forgotten your password, the system can automatically generate your details.  To request a password reminder,  select ‘forgotten password’ at the login screen using your email address as your Username

If you are experiencing problems accessing the online booking system contact Brenda Bruno on 0208 489 5074 or [email protected].

National Funding Formula – how you can help

As you (hopefully) all know, the Government’s proposed National Funding Formula will hit Haringey schools very hard. These funding cuts will inevitably mean schools having to make the decision to reduce the service they can offer to pupils and families.

This recent letter from the leader of Haringey Council, Cllr. Claire Kober, sets out some things we can all do to help fight for our pupils, families and schools.

Here is her advice:

Spread the word amongst your parents, staff and governors – and encourage them to have their say.

Respond to the online consultation, here:

Wherever possible, write personalised letters – spell out the specific situation in your school, including how much funding you stand to lose and what kind of decisions you may face as a result, whether that’s staffing reductions, a lack of new facilities, less one-to-one support for pupils or a reduction in extra-curricular activities that families rely on.

Write to one person at a time (rather than using a “cc list” and vary who you write to. For example, your Chair of Governors may write to one minster, while your Parents’ Association writes to another.

You can write to:

  • The Rt Honourable Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for Education, House

of Commons, London SW1A OAA [email protected]

The Rt Honourable Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards, House

of Commons, London SW1A OAA

[email protected]

Neil Carmichael, Chair of the Education Committee, House of Commons, London SW1A0AA

The Rt Honourable Philip Hammond MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Correspondence and Enquiry Unit, 1 Horse Guards Road, London SW1A 2HQ [email protected]

Also, don’t forget the parent-organised meeting about the Fair Funding For All campaign at Park View tonight, 7.30pm.

Slides from the Future of School Improvement in Haringey

Slides and the LA’s vision statement from the event a couple of weeks ago at the PDC where the LA and their consultants presented their work so far on what school improvement might look like in Haringey in the future.

Fair funding for all schools

A parent-led campaign meeting at Park View School, Tuesday 28th February, 7.30pm for all those concerned about the cuts coming to Haringey schools.

The role of the Clerk

A good clerk is essential for an effective governing body.

This is the role description used by Haringey Council for their clerks.

It may be useful for governing bodies to ensure a good working relationship with their clerk.

Generic role of a School Governing body Clerk (Word)

More useful data on schools in England

This site provides easy access to the many sources of on-line data about education in England. New information is added regularly.

From spending on schools and pupil numbers to figures for attendance and attainment, keep up to date with RISE’s 25 key statistics about state education in England.

Haringey Governance Conference: Book Now

Looking into the Future- Sustainable Governance

25/03/2017 | 09:00 – 13:30

There will be 2 exciting keynote speakers and discussions in Network Learning Communities (NLC)s on school improvement models and alternative governance arrangements.

Book now on the Haringey Governors’ Portal:

Planning and Recording Governor Training

This is a format we use to help us plan and record what training we as a governing body have undertaken and need to do:
Governor Training Record & Plan (Excel)

All governors need to be trained so that we can adequately support and challenge our schools. It’s not essential that all governors go on all training, but key information from training should be shared at GB meetings. This is the format we use:
Governor Training Template (Word)

We use a similar format for reporting on governor visits to the school:
Governor Visit Template

Please fell free to use and adapt these for your schools and suggest any improvements in the comments below.