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Guest blog: Managing staff workload – a governor’s perspective

Wednesday, 08 August 2018, with 0 comments

This blog was originally posted on the Department for Education's website as part of their focus on the teaching workload challenge. Judith Rutherford is Chair of Governors at Hiltingbury Junior School. It didn’t begin as a project about managing workload. It was about effective governance. Having recently been appointed as chair of governors at Hiltingbury Junior School, a three-form entry school in Hampshire, one of my first tasks was to manage the extensive action plan we had following a rigorous governing body self-evaluation.


Guest blog: Special Educational Needs and Disability – the big question

Thursday, 05 July 2018, with 0 comments

I hope the presence of Damian Hinds and his Labour counterpart,  Angela Rayner, at NGA’s recent conference will put to bed any suggestion that governors and trustees are not worth their salt. Yet, even I was surprised to hear their calls for better governor learning and development, especially in relation to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). In my experience such calls are long overdue. Fortunately for us at Driver Youth Trust this could not come at a better time as we prepared to launch a brand-new resource for governors; the SEND Governance Review Guide.


The catch-22 with defining disadvantage

Monday, 02 July 2018, with 0 comments

Tom Fellows, NGA's Senior Research Lead, explores the difficulties around defining educational disadvantage and what scope those governing and senior leaders have to define disadvantage in their own school.


NGA Summer Conference: Key things we learnt from the Secretary of State's speech

Friday, 15 June 2018, with 2 comments

Delegates at NGA’s summer conference on 9 June had the benefit of hearing from both the Secretary of State for Education (the Right Honourable Damian Hinds MP) and the Shadow Education Secretary (Angela Rayner MP).


Laying bare the challenges of MAT governance is a bold and powerful move

Friday, 18 May 2018, with 1 comments

We like sharing real stories at NGA: it is after all one of the best ways we communicate, and education is all about learning and applying the lessons of others. The way MATs have developed in recent years has been truly fascinating to watch. The system was never really planned out and trusts have evolved over time, sometimes in a rather messy or complicated fashion. But the problem is that the vast majority of these narratives remain untold, leaving new trusts to repeat mistakes made by others. There have been a number of MAT case studies focusing on good practice, but we haven’t seen many brave enough to publicise mistakes.   

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