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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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LA Advice to Schools on Re-opening

3rd January 2021

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Hello From Our New Clerk

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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 …