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:

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.

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:

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:


Government consultation on changes to governance

All governors and governing bodies should respond to this DfE (Department for Education) consultation:

This consultation sets out proposed changes to the regulations and guidance that govern the constitution of governing bodies in maintained schools and federations of maintained schools in England.

Induction pack for new governors

Along with a couple of other governors I’m trying to develop a new induction pack for our school. I think it needs to have a one page tick list of all the things the school will do, the new governor will do and what information we are providing them with.

This is what we have so far. What do you think? Is anything essential missing? Is it too long? What do you have in yours?

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Schools bulletin – 23 April 2013

Sorry I’m only just posting this, but I just received it today myself .

In this issue (links to stories):

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Haringey Council schools bulletin for governors

Last week, Jon Abbey, Haringey’s new Assistant Director for School Improvement sent his first schools bulletin.It’s a really useful source of information for governors (and others). I’ve been meaning to post it here, but before I had the chance there’s already another one out! I’ve pulled out the most useful info for governors below. Continue reading “Haringey Council schools bulletin for governors”

An alternative Education Vision for Haringey

At this week’s HGA we heard from Les Craggs about Haringey’s proposed Vision for Education. It seemed to me that the general feeling in the room was that it was:

  • Too waffly
  • Not practical enough

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Governors needed to feed into education commission

We have been invited to ask 25 governors to meet the Comissioners on the 31st October 10.30am-12pm.
Please email [email protected] if you would like to attend.

An update from the Outstanding for All commission is below:

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