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Autumn Term 2015

From this page you can access information on key action points which governing bodies should address during the current term, updates on a variety of governor topics, consultation papers published by Government and other news which may be of relevance to you as a governor.

Reconstitution of Governing Bodies - Maintained Schools
All governing bodies of maintained schools have reconstituted under School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012. Statutory guidance published in August 2015 and will need to do so by 1st September 2015. The guidance paper outlines the requirements, but is also useful for all maintained school governing bodies as it highlights the need for governors to be appointed based on their skills and experience.

 icon Constitution of governing bodies.pdf (144.42k)
Last modified: 12/09/2014 08:50:46

Admission Arrangements for 2017/2018

As the admissions authority for community and voluntary controlled schools within the Borough, the paper below consults on proposed admission arrangements for the 2016/17 school year. The paper also reminds admission authorities for other categories of school, for example foundation and academy, of consultation requirements.

Schools and academies which are their own admission authority need only consult every seven years, unless they want to make any change to their admission policy. If they want to make changes then they must consult for the year in which they want to make the change e.g. if they want to make changes for 2017/18 then they must consult for a minimum of six weeks and the consultation must take place between 1st October 2015 and 31st January 2016.

Ofsted - Governance Criteria

The School Inspection Handbook issued by Ofsted in August 2015 describes the main activities undertaken during inspections of schools in England under section 5 of the Education Act 2005. It sets out the evaluation criteria that inspectors use to make their judgements on four key areas, and on which they report:

Effectiveness of leadership and management including governance
  • The impact of leaders work in developing an ambitious culture and vision
  • Tackling mediocrity and using robust performance measures to improve staff performance
  • Ensuring safeguarding arrangements to protect pupils and prevent radicalisation and extremism

Teaching, learning and assessment
  • The importance of developing pupils knowledge, understanding and skills in all aspects of the curriculum
  • The use of robust assessment throughout the school

Personal development, behaviour and welfare
  • Physical and emotional well-being, including healthy eating, fitness and mental health awareness
  • Staying safe on line and from bullying
  • Pupils self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Behaviours that show respect for the school and other pupils
  • Conduct and self-discipline

  • In judging outcomes, inspectors will give most weight to the progress of pupils within the school
  • Inspectors will consider the progress in all year groups

Inspectors will also make judgements on the effectiveness of early years and sixth form provision, where such provision is offered.

You can access the handbook through the link below. Also below is an overview of changes introduced to the inspection framework. You should note that governance is inspected within the Leadership and Management section.

 icon Ofsted inspection Sept 2015.ppt (0.55Mb)
Last modified: 27/04/2015 14:34:48

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