Governor Training Programme 2013-14

Here’s the training programme for this academic year from Haringey LA.

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How our schools can help children affected by benefits cuts

The Haringey Governors’ Association is very concerned about the looming changes to welfare benefits under the 2012 Act, some of which are being trialled early in Haringey now. Changes include the imposition of the Benefits Cap which covers among other things local housing benefit, child benefit, child tax credit, the bedroom tax, reduction in the social fund, carer’s allowance, new charges for council tax and more. Continue reading “How our schools can help children affected by benefits cuts”

Haringey Schools Bulletin 27 March 2013

The third edition of the Schools Bulletin produced by Haringey Council (not HGA) that contains useful information for governors and schools.

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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”

Vision, induction, headteachers’ reports, finance and learning

At this evening’s HGA meeting we shared our experiences of all of these and came up with some ideas/recommendations that we hope will be of use to all Haringey schools, governing bodies and governors. Below are all the notes from the meeting.

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A different approach to HGA meetings

The next HGA meeting will be on Thursday, 7th March. We’re trying a different format for the HGA meeting this time. We want it to be more about sharing good practice and getting to know other governors than a lecture from the front. We will be looking at:

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Concerns about spending on academies

The National Audit Office has recently published this report on the finances of the Government’s academies programme:

http://www.nao.org.uk/publications/1213/academies_expansion.aspx

Its two major points seem to be:

  • There needs to be greater caution with academy finances than the Government has so far shown because of the “light-touch oversight regime”.
  • There has been a significant over-spend on academies as a whole.

Given the first point, academy governors need to be extra careful with their school’s finances as they don’t have the more stringent oversight to back them up that maintained (LA) schools have.

The second point is particularly worrying because that money will need to be recouped from all schools in some way or another.

A quick guide on how to raise attainment

This is a really important piece of research that all governors should have a read of and use as part of discussions with their headteachers.

It very simply summarises 20 popular methods of raising attainment and weighs the research in to them. A simple table lays out the cost, likely benefit and the strength of the research in to each. It then goes on to give a one page summary of each of the methods and the research. It’s concise and very readable and some of the results are surprising.

So if you are looking to raise attainment for disadvantaged students in your school (and if not, why not) you really need to read this.

Read more about the report from the Education Endowment Foundation.

Download the report directly.

The report was originally called the Pupil Premium Toolkit, this is an updated version.