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

Clerks Monthly Briefing,September 2021

Please log in and go to the Clerks section to download a copy. We have included an example board and committee agenda for the autumn term.

Keeping Children Safe in Education

The Department for Education (DfE) has updated the statutory safeguarding and child protection guidance for schools and colleges in England, Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE)1.

The guidance sets out what schools and colleges in England must do to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18.

The briefing outlines the latest changes to the guidance, which came into force on 1st September 2021, including:

further information on child criminal and sexual exploitation
guidance on responding to peer-on-peer abuse, including sexual harassment
additional guidance on online safety, including remote education
a new section on responding to low-level concerns and allegations.
Updated 22nd September 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

New courses for Autumn 2021 & 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.

June 29th 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.

17th June 2021

Department of Education

July School Governance update for Maintained Schools & Academy Boards.

15th July 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.

20th April 2021

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 Autumn 2021 & 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

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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