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Chair’s Welcome

Welcome to the RGA website.  This is a place created by governors, for governors, to provide you with the latest local and national news, details of upcoming events and access to a wide range of resources.

The RGA is working in collaboration with Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) to agree the priorities for education in Reading and we support the current plan to embrace the Therapeutic Approaches to Learning Behaviour across the local authority.  During 2018/19, we have been working hard to increase the impact of our organisation – please read my latest Chair’s Report for a summary of our key activities this past year.

Whether you’re new to governance or an experienced chair, I hope you’ll find this site informative and we want to hear your views.  If something has gone really well in your school please tell us so we can share your best practice with others.  If you are facing a big challenge or worrying about a difficult decision, please get in touch.  Someone out there has been where you are and we are here to help.

I look forward to seeing you at one of our forthcoming events – please see our 2019/20 annual planner below.

Richard Rolfe


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BFfC Governor Services Winter Newsletter published

3rd December 2019

If your school subscribes to BFfC’s Governor Services, you should have just been sent the Winter Newsletter.  This is an invaluable checklist of the latest updates to governors’ responsibilities and guidance, including the latest requirements from the DfE.  It also contains information on free safeguarding training for governors, updates to the Ofsted inspection framework since September, and links to benchmarking…

Reading’s NEET figures amongst lowest in England

19th November 2019

Reading had one of the best records in England for students in a stable form of work or education last year within 12 months of leaving school, new figures reveal. Department for Education statistics show that just 9% of the 783 students who finished their 16 to 18 study in 2016-17 were not in education, employment or an apprenticeship within…

Exclusions: GDP and IRP training event – 18th March 2020

19th November 2019

Denefield School has commissioned the services of an external trainer to deliver training on the Governors’ Disciplinary Panel and Independent Review Panel processes with regards to school exclusions. In view of the findings of the Timpson Review, the governing board has arranged for Tanya Callman, an experienced Barrister who specialises in education law, to provide training to governors, headteachers, clerks to…