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: https://consult.education.gov.uk/funding-policy-unit/schools-national-funding-formula2/
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
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.
Ofsted produced this report at the end of 2016.
Worth a read by all governors: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/improving-governance
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.
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/
Having just released their inspection handbook at the end of last academic year, Oftsed have already updated it!
Here are the important changes about governance:
Ofsted Handbook Further update – September 2015
Inspectors will consider whether governors:
- work effectively with leaders to communicate the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school and develop a culture of ambition
- provide a balance of challenge and support to leaders, understanding the strengths and areas needing improvement at the school
- provide support for an effective headteacher or are hindering school improvement because of a lack of understanding of the issues facing the school
- understand how the school makes decisions about teachers’ salary progression and performance
- performance manage the headteacher rigorously
- understand the impact of teaching, learning and assessment on the progress of pupils currently in the school
- ensure that assessment information from leaders provides governors with sufficient and accurate information to ask probing questions about outcomes for pupils
- ensure that the school’s finances are properly managed and can evaluate how the school is using the pupil premium and the primary PE and sport premium
- are transparent and accountable, including in recruitment of staff, governance structures, attendance at meetings and contact with parents.
P.S. I know it been ages since this website was updated. Other commitments have got in the way, but it will be making a comeback over the next few weeks.
I’m just back from a training session at my school run by Melian Mansfield on effective governance. This was delivered as part of our SLA with Haringey Governor Services. Whilst there wasn’t much in the training that was completely new to me it reminded me of all the things that I should be doing that I’ve neglected (this website being one of them).
It’s very easy to become complacent, especially when your school is doing well, but training reminds us that there’s always more to do and that nothing ever stands still in education.
So whatever your expertise, level of experience of confidence in your school, have a look at the training brochure and book a session now. It doesn’t even really matter which, all of them will give you a little reminder of a way you could be doing something to help make your school better for its pupils.