Bringing Reading Schools Closer Together

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.

As with your schools, COVID-19 also radically changed the way in which the RGA has interacted with its members this year.  The move to online training proved a little tricky for us initially (school governors are not usually at the cutting edge of technology, after all!), but we have seen attendance climb steadily throughout the year, and from surveying our members it seems clear that we will be offering a blended approach next year, safety permitting.  The increasing demand for support to our local colleagues has led to the introduction of a new Finance network for governors, and we are looking to extend networking support for clerks next year too.

The remaining Summer events are shown here on our home page, and culminate with our Summer Conference and AGM on 29th June.  AGM papers will be circulated by 15th June, and will also be available via this page.  As the RGA board consists of volunteers, we are continually searching to improve our strength and breadth of experience, and so would be very happy to welcome any new members who would like to extend their impact on local governance, and associated outcomes for Reading children, beyond their own schools.  Do please get in touch with me if this is of interest to you, and 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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Notice of RGA Annual General Meeting

27th April 2021

Dear members,

In accordance with the Reading Governance Association Constitution agreed on 26th June 2019, section 8.(i), the Executive Committee hereby gives notice of the Annual General Meeting, to be held on 29th June 2021, via MS Teams…

New Finance Governor Network date just announced

21st April 2021

Due to popular demand, there will be an additional Finance Governor Network meeting this year, on Monday 14th June at 6:30.  Many governors were unable to attend the March meeting, and so this event will largely repeat the training again, but with the …

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 …