This update refers to changes to the Ofsted inspection timeframes that were announced last
month but too late for inclusion in the update published on the 20th April. Governors at schools
expecting a visit from Ofsted should already know the strengths and weaknesses well enough to
answer any questions, but our preparing your governing board (GB) for Ofsted training
course on the 19th May will help you identify what will be expected of you.
Ofsted also expects GBs to ensure the school is meeting its legal duty to “actively promote
the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual
respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”. Our Promoting British
Values training course taking place on the 16th May will help you understand and
ensure the school delivers on this important statutory duty placed on schools.
This update also refers to a S&GS briefing paper on the role of the Special Educational Needs
and Disability (SEND) Governor, which is available to all schools on the Birmingham City
Council (BCC) website and has recently been updated. On a separate, but related, note you may
have seen in the news that the Education Select Committee has launched an inquiry into changes
to the SEND system that were made in 2014 and the impact they have had in meeting the
challenges faced by children and young people with SEND. The Committee has invited written
evidence and you can find out more by visiting www.parliament.uk.
S&GS are looking forward to visiting Al Furqan Primary School in Tyseley next week and
leading an awareness raising session for parents on the roles and responsibilities of GBs and
governor volunteering. We welcome all opportunities to discuss the benefits that serving as a
governor brings (both to individuals and schools), the importance of school governance and how it,
when it is working well, can be an overwhelming force for good at a school.
We hope you continue to find this update useful and we welcome any feedback you wish to give, by phone to 0121 464 2222 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a good (long) weekend and thank you for all that you do.