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.

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:

CALLING ALL PARENTS: Fair Funding for All Schools

A message from:

@HaringeyParents –


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


  • 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
Tickets cost £27.50 (£30 on the door)

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

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