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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.

The switch to remote learning raises important questions for us as governors.  For example, has your school got a Remote Learning Policy in place?  Many school leaders are understandably worried about the safeguarding concerns around children and staff online, but this should not become an excuse to diminish the quality of education on offer.  There is some detailed advice on this from the DfE which can be found here.  Do you know how many of your school’s children have access to suitable devices and internet connections at home?  Most importantly, have governors been appraised of their school’s plans for remote learning?  How will you be kept up to date with the level of engagement with it and the impact it is having?

As always the RGA is here to collaborate with you and share advice and examples of best practice.  Keep looking at this page for all the latest news and updates.

Richard Rolfe

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Finance Governor Network

28th March 2021

The new network for Finance Governors met for the first time on 8th March and feedback from those who attended was very positive.  It was agreed that this is a much-needed training resource for all governors who have completed their initial induction into finance as …

Polling Station Issue Update

28th March 2021

We were contacted recently by RGA members struggling to balance instruction from the DFE to keep all schools open to keyworker and vulnerable children whilst acting as polling stations on 6th May.  Risk assessments indicated the two activities were …

How and why should school governors support staff mental health and wellbeing?

11th February 2021

By now you’ll be all too aware of the pressures the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on all those involved in education. As schools are confronted with more challenging weeks ahead, Governors for Schools has launched a Wellbeing Governors campaign, focusing …

RGA launches a new network for Finance Governors

11th February 2021

Due to demand from members, your RGA is launching a new network to support governors with specific responsibility for monitoring finances. Led by Matt Espley, who is  Business Manager/CFO at Ditton Park Academy…

Hello From Our New Clerk

10th December 2020

Hello, my name is Hazel Archer and I have recently joined the RGA team as Clerk. Those of you who have been Clerks or Governors for some years will remember me from my time with Governor Services for Reading Borough Council. I am currently working as …