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Upcoming webinar on balancing governor support with challenge

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… Read more →

SEND briefing for governors from Director of Education

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… Read more →

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Balancing the Budget is governors’ biggest challenge in 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… Read more →

BFfC Governor Services newsletter now out

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 … Read more →

Will NLG recruitment restart after years of being on hold?

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 … Read more →

Do you have a Wellbeing Governor?

It’s hard to imagine a time when mental health and wellbeing has been more important in schools.

Today, Governors for Schools is launching Wellbeing Governors – a year-long campaign to highlight … Read more →

COVID-19 Catch-Up Premium

The government has now announced that mainstream schools will all receive £80 per pupil paid in three instalments through the 2020-21 academic year.

Given their role in ensuring schools spend funding appropriately and in holding schools to account … Read more →

RGA training events 2020/21 launch online

In these challenging times, governors may be feeling somewhat removed from how Reading schools and governors are operating.  Your RGA is responding to these extra pressures by facilitating remote meetings … Read more →

Exclusions from Reading schools continue to decline

Contrary to a shameful editorial heading in yesterday’s Reading Chronicle, there were NOT “Thousands of Reading students excluded for violence”. Read more →

New ‘River Academy’ Secondary set to open September 2021

As secondary pupil numbers continue to rise in Reading, there is a clear need for more capacity from 2021 onwards. Most existing secondaries have already … Read more →