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.

http://riseinformationcentre.org.uk/

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: http://governors.haringey.gov.uk/Event/41598

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.

Ofsted Report on Improving Governance

Ofsted produced this report at the end of 2016.

Worth a read by all governors: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/improving-governance

Stage 2 consultation: Schools National Funding Formula

This will have a massive impact on schools in Haringey.

Please submit views (personal, from the GB and from the school) by 22nd March: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/schools-national-funding-formula-stage-2

CALLING ALL PARENTS: Fair Funding for All Schools

A message from:

@HaringeyParents – facebook.com/FairFundingForAllSchools

FAIR FUNDING FOR ALL SCHOOLS – PLEASE COME TO OUR MEETING

Schools in Haringey are really up against it. We are facing a funding crisis as a result of government cuts. Haringey schools could be losing up to 10 per cent in real terms by 2020.

We are a group of parents in Haringey and we want to stop the cuts to our schools. Please come to our meeting and find out how we can join forces to get our voice heard for Fair Funding for All Schools.

Tuesday 17 January, 8.00pm – 9.30pm

Rhodes Avenue Primary School, Rhodes Avenue, London, N22 7UT

SPEAKERS TO INCLUDE

  • Catherine West MP Claire Kober, Leader of Haringey Council
  • Kevin Courtney, General Secretary, National Union of Teachers
  • Matt Dykes, Fair Funding for all Schools

Download flyer: fair-funding-a5-4-jan

No return to selection

In 2016 we planned to celebrate fifty years of comprehensive schools beginning to replace the old selective system of grammar schools and secondary moderns under which children were declared failures at age 11.

Now this Conservative Government has announced increased selection in the form of:

  • More new grammar schools
  • Extensions to existing grammars
  • Forcing Multi-Academy Trusts to create a new form of back-door selection through “Centres of Excellence”.

We cannot let this go unopposed and have now retitled our 12th November conference (originally called “The Stalled Revolution”) as “No Return to Selection”.

A strong line-up of speakers will lead the discussion on what has been achieved – and what remains to be done to save and complete the comprehensive revolution.

Speakers will include:-

  • Anne West, Director of Education Research at LSE
  • Melissa Benn, journalist and author
  • Roy Perry, Conservative Leader of Hampshire County Council
  • Joanne Bartley, parent and Education campaigner in Kent
  • Richy Thomson of Fair Admissions Campaign

10:00 – 15:45 on Saturday, 12th November 2016 at Mander Hall, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9BD

Online booking is available at www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/287985
Tickets cost £27.50 (£30 on the door)

Download the flyer: no-return-to-selection-flyer-3

School Cuts – how much is your school going to lose?

The NUT/ATL has today launched its School Cuts website at http://www.schoolcuts.org.uk

As you probably know the government is adjusting the way schools are funded – and this site allows you to find schools close to you and to see what the impact of funding cuts will be in real terms to 2020.

I’m not sure how accurate this site is, if at all, however it does make grim reading.

Thanks to Justin Hinchcliffe for spotting this.

Comparing school data – a useful tool

Just had this website highlighted to me. It has a number of useful ways to compare data across schools. Worth having a play with:

https://www.schooldash.com