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A new vision for Religious Education

Monday, 10 September 2018, with 1 comments

Governing boards have the role of ensuring that the school meets its statutory responsibility to teach pupils RE. In a new blog, Emma Knights outlines recommendations from the final report of the Commission on RE which sets out a National Plan to ensure that all pupils receive their entitlement to a high quality academically rigorous and rich study of religious and non-religious worldviews. 


Guest blog: Redressing the democratic deficit within academised governance

Thursday, 30 August 2018, with 1 comments

For a number of years, NGA has been highlighting concerns that we can concentrating the power in academy trusts in the hands of too few people (their members) and in some cases boards which are distant from their schools and communities. We are therefore pleased that Dr Andy Allen has offered to share a model he has been studying - a look at a Co-operative Academy through the research lens of empowered participatory governance.


Learning from others

Wednesday, 22 August 2018, with 0 comments

In setting our policy positions and writing guidance NGA looks not just to the education sector, but at governance across all sectors. Following the issue of a formal warning notice to the RSPCA by the Charity Commission, Gillian Allcroft examines the lessons for all those governing.


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.

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