S&GS Fortnightly Friday Update (7 Sept 2018)
Happy new term! Welcome back and welcome to the new academic year. We hope that it is a happy, productive and successful one for you, your schools and, most of all, your pupils. The summer break has flown by and at least the lovely weather we experienced in June and July continued, on the whole, through the six week break.
As well as planning for the year ahead (see below), the beginning of the academic year is the time when most governing boards (GB) consider what training is most likely to improve the effectiveness and contribution of both individual governors and the GB as a whole. As always the Friday update includes details of governor training and development offered by S&GS. Don’t forget that, in addition to the programme of published courses, S&GS also provides bespoke training for GBs and groups of schools on request. Bespoke training is designed to meet the current needs of your school/academy governors. Do contact us to explore your options and see our service offer for more information.
The Friday update published on the 20th July gave notice of a consistent financial reporting process that Birmingham City Council (BCC) expects all its maintained schools to follow with immediate effect. The process requires specific monitoring reports to be completed and presented to the GB by the Headteacher/ School Business Manager/Bursar or the school’s financial services provider twice a year, by the end of October and the end of February. The monitoring reports are available to download from the Schools Financial Procedures Manual and will be included in a separate communication that will be sent to clerks next week.
In the meantime you can find out more information and view the reports via BCC’s weekly Schools Noticeboard, which is published online. The Noticeboard includes a range of useful information, updates and has been given a new and improved look for 2018/19.
Two significant documents referred to in previous updates have now come into effect. Firstly the revised edition of statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE), which schools must follow and is essential for ensuring that safeguarding arrangements are compliant with the law. Secondly the 2018 edition of the Academies Financial Handbook, which came into effect on the 1st September.
See this update for new and updated guidance relating to schools and education, published prior to and during the holiday, which you may have missed. Birmingham City Council’s (BCC) model Code of Conduct for GBs has been updated for the academic year 2018/19. The Code of Conduct and a schedule of the changes made to it has been sent to all clerks.
We look forward to working with you again in 2018/19 and to seeing you at our courses and events. Thank you for all that you do.
Governor Training Programme for Autumn 2018 and Spring 2019
Dear Governor Colleague,
S&GS are pleased to offer this programme of high-quality training (see attached file) that develops skills and knowledge needed for effective governance, whether you are in a maintained school, stand-alone academy or part of a multi-academy trust (MAT). The programme has courses on topics ranging from the core functions of a governing board (GB), to courses on statutory and specific duties that require certain knowledge and skills. Look out for new courses on interpreting Analyse School Performance (ASP) data, Complaints Management for Governors and Clerks, and Managing Risk.
The programme refers to courses that are taking place during the autumn term 2018 and the spring term 2019. Future S&GS governor training programmes will be published in April alongside the S&GS annual subscription offer (see page 4 of attached programme) to provide greater continuity, the opportunity to access training through subscription and support GBs in compiling their training plan and budget allocation.
Places on all the courses listed in this programme are offered on a first come first served basis. However additional courses will be organised if there is sufficient demand.
Don’t forget that S&GS also provides bespoke training to GBs and groups of schools/ academies on request (see page 6 of attached programme). Our terms and conditions are stated on page 22. Thank you for the time and effort that you give on behalf of the children and young people at your schools and academies. We look forward to seeing you at our courses and events.
Governor Services Manager
School & Governor Support
All training requests and enquiries:
Telephone 0121 464 2215