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 2020/2021, or schools can access the training on a ‘pay as you go’ basis. Please contact us for further information

Virtual Training Courses

New courses for Spring 2021 have been released.
Dates for the New Governor Induction course for the spring term are 2nd and 9th March 2021 6.00pm-8.00pm (we recommend attending both sessions).

DfE National Covid-19 restrictions

Face coverings
In schools where pupils in year 7 and above are educated, face coverings should be worn by adults and pupils when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas where social distancing cannot easily be maintained.
Read the full guidance by clicking the link above.

Keeping Children Safe in Education

Keeping Children Safe in Education
Updated following UK leaving EU.
See annex H for advice on how schools can check past conduct of individuals who have worked or lived overseas following UKs withdrawal from EU.
18th January 2021

DfE Schools financial value standard (SFVS)

The checklist asks questions of governing boards in 6 areas of resource management. It provides clarification for each question, examples of good practice, and details of further support available to assist schools in addressing specific issues.

The SFVS document, checklist and dashboard guidance, and additional resource documents are appropriate for the 2020 to 2021 reporting year.

22nd January 2021

Department for Education

School Governance updates
Important news relating to governance in maintained schools and academy trusts
** Please note**
The DfE therefore advises against governing boards meeting in person, and to instead adopt alternative arrangements, for example by using video or teleconferencing applications.

2nd December 2020

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.

Ofsted visits-Spring term 2021

During the national lockdown Ofsted will carry out their work remotely until after the February half term, only going on site where it is necessary to do so, or in response to urgent concerns.

A range of typical questions and lines of inquiry can be found by logging in and selecting “Guidance Centre” then click on Ofsted resources.
22nd January 2021

Governance Annual Statement

See our revised Annual Governance Statement Template, in “Model Documents” section once logged in.
12th November 2020

HSE Spot Checks

Governors should be aware of the fact that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has confirmed that it will be carrying out spot-checks in schools as they return to full capacity.

Governors should ensure that school duty holders are aware of the HSE spot checks and know about the school’s risk assessment and have it to hand if they receive a call from the HSE. Where the initial call raises concerns about a school’s approach, it will be referred for a further intervention which may include a visit to the school.
4th September 2020

NGA - COVID 19 Information for Governing Boards

A summary of the monitoring priorities for governing boards:
•Risk management and safeguarding
•Wellbeing of staff and pupils
•Remote education
•Maintaining the curriculum and continuity of learning for all pupils
•Support to reduce the impact of lockdown on disadvantaged pupils
•Resource allocation and management
•Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for all pupils and staff (updated 22 January)

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.

*NEW  COURSE BOOKING ARRANGEMENTS* From January 2021 please see below:

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.

*Have a look at our Spring term 2021 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

Schools we work with often have vacancies for school governor volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, why not find out more?

Apply through GSS directly by completing the form below or click on the link below to volunteer through a charity we work with, Governors for Schools:

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