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 2022/2023, or schools can access the training on a ‘pay as you go’ basis. Please contact us for further information

Clerks monthly briefing meeting

Copies of the November meeting Powerpoint and briefing notes are available.
Please log in to download the material.
23rd November 2022

DfE Federations Guidance

All categories of maintained school, including voluntary-aided, foundation schools and maintained school nurseries can federate together under one governing body.
Follow link to find out more details
Updated 27th September 2022

DfE What maintained schools must publish online

Clerks to governing boards must remind their boards about the updated regulations. These include school uniform and school opening times.

5th September 2022

DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education

Revised guidance effective from September 2022.

See Annex F for a summary of changes.

20th May 2022

DfE `View My Financial Insights` Tool

View my financial insights (VMFI) is an online tool which helps schools and governing boards view and improve their financial performance. It provides users with an automated assessment of their data based on similar schools.
Governing boards will need to ask their Headteacher or Business Manager to set up registration.
Log into our website with your user name and password to see the PowerPoint presentation & YouTube Video. Then look on the Latest News page for the links.

July 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 Autumn term 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

Please the framework was updated in July 2022.

Also includes a summary of changes.

Academies

Academy Trust Handbook
from 1 September 2022.

Department of Education

November School Governance update for Maintained Schools & Academy Boards.

November 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

DfE Governance Handbook

Governing boards and clerks please note the handbook has been updated was last updated in October 2020

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 term 2022 & Spring term 2023 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 [email protected]

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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