Updates, News & Resources
Chairs' Briefing 14 May 2018
The Governance Services Team would like to invite all Bolton Chairs of Governors to our termly Chairs’ Briefing Session. The purpose of the briefing is to prepare Chairs for their forthcoming governing board meetings and to equip them with the knowledge, information and advice needed to effectively undertake their role.
Governor and Trustee Recruitment
In a bid to generate interest in the vacant governor potions in Bolton, the Governance Services Team have provided a flyer which provides information about the role and the support available for new governors. Please feel free to downloaded, print and provide these to prospective governors in your local community (print PDF to 'actual size'). Paper copies may be provided on request from your clerk to governors.
If you are experiencing difficulties in recruiting to vacant positions, as well as accessing support through the Governance Services Team, the following external providers may be able to assist :
Governors for School (SGOSS): www.governorsforschools.org.uk
Inspiring Governance: www.inspiringgovernance.org
Academy Ambassadors www.academyambassadors.org
Careers Guidance and Access for Education and Training Providers
The Department for Education has recently published the ‘Careers Guidance and Access for Education and Training Provider’. The statutory guidance which is for governing boards, school leaders and staff, reflects policy changes announced in the Government’s careers strategy published on 4 December 2017.
The Bolton Connexions Service have summarised the key points from the guidance and a copy of the summary may be downloaded below.
Ofsted Confirms New Arrangements for Short Inspections
Ofsted have provided a press release highlighting the new arrangements for short inspections which are proposed to ensure responsible interventions that minimise the burden on schools. These intend to be much more supportive and collaborative.
This means that from January 2018 inspectors will continue to convert short inspections, usually within 48 hours, if they have serious concerns about safeguarding or behaviour, or if they think the quality of education provided by a school has declined to inadequate.
When there are no significant issues with safeguarding or behaviour, but inspectors identify potential concerns about either the quality of education or leadership and management, the inspection will not convert. Instead, Ofsted will publish a letter setting out the school’s strengths and areas for improvement. A section 5 inspection will then take place later, typically within 1 to 2 years. This will give the school time to address any weaknesses and seek support from appropriate bodies. In the meantime, the letter will be clear that the school’s current overall effectiveness judgement has not changed.
For further information and to view the full press release, please visit the www.gov.uk website using the following LINK
Recruiting a Head Teacher – DfE Guidance 2017
This publication provides non-statutory guidance from the Department for Education and replaced ‘A guide to recruiting and selecting a new head teacher’ published in 2012.
The guidance aims to support the recruitment and selection of head teachers in England and should be read in combination with the head teacher recruitment toolkit.
The guidance has been produced jointly with the National Governance Association (NGA), with support from the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), Freedom and Autonomy for Schools - National Association (FASNA), the Local Government Association (LGA) and a range of other stakeholders.
Pupil Absence in Bolton Schools – Summary Briefing
The Local Authority’s Early Intervention Service had provides a summary of the Bolton, England and statistical neighbour pupil absence in state funded primary and secondary schools during the autumn term 2016 and the spring term 2017.
The information is taken from the National statistics pupil absence release which was published by the Department for Education. Final absence statistics relating to the full 2016/17 school year are intended for publication in March 2018.
A copy of this summary may be downloaded below for information.
Published Information on School and Academy Websites - 2017/18
Every maintained school must publish specific information on its website to comply with ‘The School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations’. This has been revised to in order to include the need to publish Equality Objectives and revisions to KS4 results and SEN. Revised guidance about the information that must be published can be found via the www.gov.uk website using the following ‘Link’.
If you are an academy or free school, you will need to check your funding agreement to find out what you should publish on your website; however, the Department for Education has provided an overview which can be found via the www.gov.uk website using the following ‘Link’.
The Governor Services Team have produced a website compliance checklist for both maintained schools and academies. This will be shared via the spring term 2018 meetings. Please contact your Clerk to Governors directly for an advanced copy.
Get Information About Schools (GIAS)
'Get information about schools (GIAS)' will replace EduBase from Monday 18 September 2017.
Any interested parties can search for information about individual schools and academies, including information about governors appointed or elected and their terms of office.
All existing account details managed through the ‘Secure Access’ for schools and academies will continue to be valid in the new service and provide the same access levels.
Access to the new service can be found via the following LINK
Exclusions from Maintained Schools, Academies and Pupil Referral Units in England
The Department for Education has rewritten the statutory guidance to the legislation that governs the exclusion of pupils from maintained schools, pupil referral units, academy schools (including free schools, studio schools and university technology colleges) and alternative provision academies (including alternative provision free schools) in England.
The document also provides guidance to which head teachers, governing boards, local authorities, academy trusts, independent review panel members and special educational needs (SEN) experts must have regard when carrying out their functions in relation to exclusions. Clerks to independent review panels must also be trained to know and understand this guidance.
A copy of this guidance may be downloaded below.