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Governor Services Portal is now live

Haringey Council’s Governor Services have a new website that features of all of the training and support available to governors of Haringey schools.

It’s here: http://governors.haringey.gov.uk/

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

Outstanding governors?

Haringey Council write:

You may already be aware of Haringey’s Outstanding for All Awards, celebrating excellent teaching and learning in Haringey schools.
Nominations are open for 10 categories, one of which is the Governor of the Year award. Please would you  share this with the Association to encourage nominations?

For all the awards categories, and to nominate, visit http://www.haringey.gov.uk/ofa-nominate

New Haringey Schools Bulletin

Read all about it: http://www.haringey.gov.uk/schoolsbulletin

Governors managing austerity: HGA meeting 8th June

All governors are welcome to the HGA meeting on

WEDNESDAY 8TH JUNE 7PM-9PM AT THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CENTRE, DOWNHILLS PARK ROAD, N15

Elin Weston, the new Cabinet member responsible for Children and Families and Rory Kennedy, Assistant Director , Schools and Learning – have been invited to meet governors.

GOVERNORS MANAGING AUSTERITY

All Governing bodies will have been working on their 2016-17 budgets, many finding it difficult to set a balanced budget.

From next year we will have a National Funding Formula and are likely to have less money. Every Governing Body will operate differently.

This evening is open to all governors to discuss:

  • Making difficult decisions
  • Deciding priorities
  • Reducing staff?
  • Reducing the curriculum?
  • Sharing resources
  • Accessing other funding

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

To Book online: log onto Haringey London via the governors’ Login page http://governors.haringey.gov.uk

Reclaiming Education

The Reclaiming Education Alliance is holding a meeting on the 25th May 2016 6pm-8pm in Committee Room 10 in the House of Commons to discuss the Government’s proposals in the White Paper

Speakers are:

  • Christine Blower  (NUT)
  • Roy Perry (LGA)
  • Richard Watts (Islington LA)
  • Fiona Forrest (parent)

There will be plenty of time for debate and discussion

For more information please go to: www.reclaimingeducation.org.uk

CASE briefing on forced academies

These briefings from the Campaign for State Education (CASE) and the Local Schools Network may be of interest to governors.

CASE briefing forced academisation

http://www.localschoolsnetwork.org.uk/2015/09/10-academy-myths-and-the-facts-that-disprove-them

Respond now: national funding formula

The Government is consulting on a national funding formula for schools.

This will mean that Haringey schools will lose significant amounts of money and lose the ability to decide on how money is distributed between schools in Haringey.

The consultation period is very short so please discuss it with your governing bodies and respond now:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/schools-national-funding-formula

 

HGA meeting 9th March

HARINGEY GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION

INVITATION TO ALL GOVERNORS

TO THE

HGA MEETING ON THE 9TH MARCH 7pm-8.30pm

AT

THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CENTRE,Downhills Park Road , N15

Councillor Ann Waters,

Cabinet member for Children and Families

will speak about Haringey’s policy for Schools in these changing times and answer your questions.
This will be followed by discussion and workshops looking at recruitment, retention and recognition of governors – what information and support do governors need?
An ideal opportunity to meet governors from other schools and share ideas and issues.

DO COME AND BRING OTHERS