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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.

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Upcoming webinar on balancing governor support with challenge

28th October 2020

Following on from the topic of how to challenge outcomes without an overreliance on data, which our Disadvantaged network explored last week, Governors For Schools is holding a webinar on Thursday 5th November…

SEND briefing for governors from Director of Education

8th October 2020

All governors are invited to a free SEND briefing from Prof Kate Reynolds, Director of Education at BFfC on Tuesday 3rd November at 18:00.  Kate will lead the session, and is joined by SEND Team Manager Hester Collicutt, together with the SENDCo from a local MAT…

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…

BFfC Governor Services newsletter now out

23rd September 2020

The September newsletter for all governors whose schools or trusts subscribe to BFfC’s Governor Services is now out.

As well as providing checklists for updates in statutory guidance such as safeguarding, SRE, GDPR …

Will NLG recruitment restart after years of being on hold?

10th September 2020

Yesterday the DfE published the results of its NLG advisory group, which was formed earlier this year, more than 2 years after recruitment was suspended by the department.  A separate advisory group on the future of NLEs published its recommendations …