Welcome to the Governor Support Service

The Governor Support Service is an independent service offering governor training, advice, guidance and support to all Hillingdon Schools. With over 20 years’ combined experience working within local authorities in Governor Support roles, we are able to offer local and legislative advice, support and training to school governors and clerks.

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Our services

Advice & Guidance

We provide governing bodies and schools with information, support, and advice to proactively promote and achieve outstanding governance.
Schools can access our full range of services by purchasing a service level agreement with us for 2021/2022, or schools can access the training on a ‘pay as you go’ basis. Please contact us for further information

National School Governors` Awareness Day

Tuesday 22nd February 2022
The day is all about raising awareness of school governance and celebrating the contribution that governors and trustees make to improving the lives of children and young people.
A structured day of events, free to access for all, preceded by a multi- media campaign to promote the event.

DfE

Face coverings
From 20 January, face coverings are no longer advised for children, staff and visitors in classrooms or during indoor activities.
From 27 January, face coverings are no longer advised for children, staff and visitors in communal areas. Until 27 January, adults and children aged 11 and above attending out of school settings or wraparound childcare in community premises where there is a mandatory requirement to wear a face covering (for example community centres, youth centres, public libraries, and places of worship) must continue to comply with any legal requirements on the use of face coverings in these premises where these apply. These requirements may not apply if a child or staff member is exempt or they have a reasonable excuse.
From 27 January, staff and children should follow wider advice on face coverings outside of their out-of-school setting, including on transport to and from the setting.

19th January 2022

DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education

Consultation
**We are proposing to strengthen KCSIE and explicitly set out that all governors and trustees should receive safeguarding and child protection training (including online safety) at induction. We will also say the training should be regularly updated.
++We have added a new paragraph suggesting schools as part of their due diligence, should consider carrying out an online search (including social media) on shortlisted candidates. This would explore anything that is publicly available online which may be worth testing at interview.
Have your say: consultation closes on 11th March 2022

DfE and Ofsted-Update

Ofsted will have a full team of inspectors to call on again
from 31st January after reduced activity.
Ofsted’s deferral policy “remains in place and they will continue to remind providers about it for the remainder of this half-term”.
19th January 2022

DfE Contingency Framework-Education & Childcare Settings

The contingency framework describes the principles of managing local outbreaks of coronavirus (COVID-19) (including responding to variants of concern) in education and childcare settings.
Updated:
3rd December 2021

Clerks Monthly Briefing Meeting

Copies of the January 2022 meeting notes and handouts are available to download in the “Clerks” section once logged in.

10th January 2022

School Uniforms

Cost of school uniforms
Statutory guidance. Schools and their governing boards must have regard to it when developing and implementing their school and trust uniform policies. It should be read alongside the non-statutory guidance on school uniforms.
** This policy must be published on the school website**

19th November 2021

Parent and staff governor elections

We have updated the documents.
Log in and go to the model documents section

28th May 2021

Virtual Training Courses

Courses for the Spring 2022 can be found on our booking site. Please follow the link above.

Governance Annual Statement/Being Strategic

See our revised Annual Governance Statement Template, in “Model Documents” section once logged in.
Also read the report from the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) & NGA on “Being Strategic” The guide offers leaders and governing boards in schools and trusts a robust annual cycle for creating, monitoring and reviewing strategy.

Updated in October 2020.

Ofsted

Changes to Inspection Handbook from September 2021
Summary of changes can be found on our News page once logged in.

1st October 2021

Academies

Academies Financial Handbook (AFH) becomes the
Academy Trust Handbook
from 1 September 2021.

The key changes can be found on page 9 of the PDF version.

Department of Education

November School Governance update for Maintained Schools & Academy Boards.

November 2021

Department for Education

Governing boards need to be assured their school has an
‘Outbreak Management Plan’
The DfE guidance states schools should have “outbreak management plans”, outlining “how they would operate” if any of the measures described in the guidance were recommended for their setting or area.

21st June 2021

Department for Education

Pupil Premium
To comply with School Information regulations, maintained schools are required to publish an updated pupil premium strategy annually. All schools must use the templates available on GOV.UK to publish their 2021 to 2022 pupil premium strategy, by the end of December 2021.
There are model templates for primary, secondary & special schools.

17th June 2021

Department for Education

School Governance updates
Important news relating to governance in maintained schools and academy trusts
** Please note**
The DfE advises a pragmatic approach to governing board meetings. Boards should continue with their alternative meeting arrangements where possible.

From September 2021 statutory induction for teachers will change and they will be entitled to two years development and training.

DfE What maintained schools must publish online

Clerks to governing boards must remind their boards about the updated regulations.

12th February 2021

DfE Governance Handbook

Governing boards and clerks please note the handbook has been updated on 1st October 2020.
Changes can be found on pages 8-12.

Our Courses

The Governor Support Service provides a programme of training and development sessions each term that governors, headteachers, senior leadership teams, associate members and clerks can access to help them carry out their duties effectively.

We run a varied range of training courses and briefing sessions covering subjects such as Safeguarding, Exclusions, the Curriculum and HR Matters in addition to regular termly briefing sessions for clerks and chairs and an induction programme for those who are new or fairly new to school governance including all categories of governors, senior leaders, clerks and associate members.

COURSE BOOKING ARRANGEMENTS

Details of all our training courses can be accessed by clicking here and selecting Governor Support Courses.

New and existing users to the course booking service will need to complete the registration process to create a personal account where their bookings can then be viewed and amended as necessary.

During the initial registration please make sure that you select the Governor Support Service course booker option at the top of the page.

Once you have entered your registration details you will receive a confirmation email.( Just in case, please check your junk mail/spam folder)

*Have a look at our Spring term 2022 webinar courses by clicking on the link here*

If you need any support with using the new course booking service please contact us on 01895 717321 or by email at office@governor.support

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