Hello and welcome to issue ten of GoverNews.  I would like to begin by thanking every single one of our governors for their dedication and support during the last academic year. As a team we found that attendance at meetings was better then ever and the support offered to our senior leaders in schools was exceptional. I hope you managed a summer break during what still is a difficult time.    

Your School Support Officers continue to work from home, keeping safe and working hard to support you with anything you may need. Last term a document was sent to you all explaining how we altered our service to you, as governors, for the summer term. That document can be found here for any of you who did not receive it.  This term our service will continue to run in the same way and all meetings will continue to be virtual following advice from management and the NGA.  The NGA’s position is that governing boards should continue to meet and govern remotely in order to support the considerable efforts that schools are making to maintain effective control measures and remain open amid the rise in daily cases and confirmed local outbreaks and we agree with this wholeheartedly.  

We have finalised the autumn term FGB agenda, which looks more like the standard agendas you are used to, as we try to return to some regular school business and statutory items.  If the ongoing situation changes and we have to shift our focus then we will and you will be fully informed along the way.  Things you will be expected to cover this term include:

  • An update from the Headteacher on the current situation
  • Budget information
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education
  • SFVS preparations
  • Safeguarding
  • Specific school accountability items

Some more useful links for you to follow at this time are:

DfE Updates on School Governance

Advice and Guidance from the National Governance Association

Northumberland Education Coronavirus Updates

Over the summer Paula Brown retired after over 20 years as part of our team, I know a lot of you worked with Paula and will join us in wishing her all the best for her retirement, which she is thoroughly enjoying so far.  A new appointment to the team has been made and we look forward to introducing our new SSO to you all in the future.

Best wishes and stay safe,

Vicki Evans (Acting Governor Support Manager)