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Chair’s Welcome

Welcome to the RGA website.  This is a place created by governors, for governors.

COVID-19 has changed the way we govern, perhaps forever.  To help you we are using this website to share the latest local and national news as well as updated guidance from Brighter Futures for Children and the DfE.

Whether it’s the full re-opening in September, challenges around safeguarding or supporting your most disadvantaged pupils, please keep an eye on our latest news column, to the right of this page.  We will also send out a Newsletter (via your clerks) in the Autumn term.

Finance is another big concern for all of us.  We can expect more demand than ever with additional needs as children re-enter the classroom and with the pressure to make up for lost learning it will be interesting to see what the Government can deliver with the pledged £1bn of financial support.

Details are still scant but the the Education Endowment Fund (EEF) have published a good guide to the £350m National Tutoring Programme which you can read here.  It is equally unclear how the £650m ‘additional funding’ will be distributed.  For now, it seems the DfE are investing heavily in on line resources through the Oak national academy which is free for Teachers and Parents to use.  Visit the national academy.

Richard Rolfe

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30GB data SIMs available free from Vodafone

18th November 2020

Vodafone has today launched a ‘Schools Connected’ initiative, giving away free 30GB data SIMs to disadvantaged children via their school.

This offer is only available to UK state schools, via order by the Headteacher.  The offer is subject to availability and limited to 250,000 so order NOW…

Updates from The Schools & Academies Show are available now

18th November 2020

This month’s SAAS runs from 17-20 November, and is being held remotely.  For those of you who have not been able to access some of the events, but are interested in hearing the latest views across senior players in the education system, we have …

Improving the diversity of your governing board

17th November 2020

Governors for Schools, in collaboration with Diverse Educators, is running a series of free webinars on why we should and how we can diversify governing and trust boards.  Initially, the series will focus on how your current board can develop, moving on to supporting …

Useful resources for Safeguarding Governors

29th October 2020

West Berkshire LA recently ran a safeguarding course for governors and have kindly agreed to let us share an online recording of the course as well as their excellent safeguarding toolkit.  Please note, that safeguarding governors are required to complete formal training …

Balancing the Budget is governors’ biggest challenge in 2020

30th September 2020

The NGA have just published the results of its 2020 School Governance survey, with governors and trustees in the SE reporting that their top five issues are …