December 2018


Thanks, gifts, and laughs

Friday, 21 December 2018, with 0 comments

Here at GovernorHQ we have a lot to be thankful for, with a growing membership which allows us in turn to produce more – and I hope better – information for governors, trustees and clerks to draw on. We are of course always aiming to improve, just as our schools are. But continuously trying to be better, to go the extra mile, to put the next idea into practice can be exhausting, especially towards the end of term – we mustn’t forget to celebrate those things that went well this year.  


Guest blog: the role of governance in creativity and school improvement

Thursday, 13 December 2018, with 1 comments

This month, NGA  launched a new eLearning module for school governors and trustees; Arts and cultural education: improving your school and its curriculum, with support from Arts Council England. The Arts Council’s CEO Darren Henley is also a school governor and talks to us about how arts and cultural education can be used for school improvement and enhancing the curriculum.


Walking the talk of succession planning

Friday, 07 December 2018, with 0 comments

Having been chair for six years, in September 2017 it was time for me to walk the talk; I had to start to plan for my own successor and by July 2018, it was time to say farewell to the first school I had ever governed in and that both my children had attended. NGA is today publishing revised guidance with practical steps to ensure a culture of succession, but my blog is not about what you SHOULD be doing; it is about actually doing it and how it feels to step down.