Welcome to the fifth issue of GoverNews, and the second of the 2018 – 19 academic year. Each term we aim to keep you up to date with information pertinent to governors in all Northumberland schools.

A new financial year is upon us and you will have been spending time considering where to spend your money to get the best outcomes for children. Whilst there s a great deal of noise about underfunding it feels that Brexit has kept this issue, and numerous, others further down the pecking order…

Elections for the Mayor of North of Tyne will take place shortly. We will update governors in September exactly what the benefits for schools will be. September will also see the introduction of a new OfSTED framework. The consultation period has now ended so we wait to see what changes to the draft framework have been made.

Whatever changes may be thrust upon us the role of governors continues to be:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

We will continue to offer training to governors – details of the training available will be posted on the training offer page of the website. If there are particular training sessions that you would like to see please let your Clerk know.

We are always looking out for good news stories on how governing bodies are working effectively – please do pass any examples to me.

The Governor Support Team should be your first port of call with any queries you may have. Their contact details can be found here.

Best wishes.

Sandra Hunter (Governor Support Manager)