Governors have a great chance to improve pupils opportunities for taking part in physical activity, with the government’s school sport strategy

Schools and colleges that work in partnership provide a better offer to their students, make faster progress and improve their performance, says Robert Hill

After celebrating her 80th birthday, Joan Sallis looks back and makes a plea for stability

Michele Robbins asks what issues arise most frequently in governor training sessions, and looks at how governors are responding to changes in performance management

Is there a lack of leadership initiative in your governing body? David Marriott looks at the importance of leadership development for governors

Can individual governors really make a difference? Joan Sallis looks at how and why governors should get under the skin of their school

Mark Blois provides an update and overview on governing body structure and the complex demands made of governors – and possible changes on the horizon

Joan Sallis gives advice for governing bodies on appointing a headteacher

Recent research into the experiences of parent governor representatives (PGRs) found confusion over the role, lack of respect and communication difficulties, writes David Gordon

If you thought that Circle Time was just for children, think again! Jenny Mosley explains why the Whole School Quality Circle Time Model focuses first on enhancing the mental health of the adults

While academies have some characteristics of maintained schools, they retain independent status in law. So which rules apply? Richard Gold clarifies

A raft of small changes add up to important new duties for all parties to the exclusion process. Ingrid Sutherland runs through what you need to know, in part two of this series

Many of the difficulties faced by governing bodies stem from the unresolved tensions between three competing rationales for their work, writes Alan Dyson

How can governors overcome a perceived conflict between being united on the school’s behalf and representing distinct interest groups?

Joan Sallis continues her series looking at the issues that concern governors, by focusing on the use of biometric technology in schools

Former headteacher and current chair of governors Mike Walton argues that a closer relationship between parents and governors will benefit the whole school community

Liz Rowbotham looks at how extended services have worked for one community college

Joan Sallis tackles another of the issues that are important to governors

Mo Laycock, Headteacher, Firth Park Community Arts College describes the effective model of governance which has contributed to three Ofsted results of ‘outstanding’ leadership at the school

Rather than see governors as a nuisance to be endured, schools instead should be working with them as an invaluable source of help and advice, argues Colleen Arnold of the National Governors Association

Professor Kay Hampton looks back on what has been achieved since the Macpherson report, and sets out the contents of a good race equality policy

Joan Sallis considers the relationship between the headteacher and governor, and explores mutual expectations and issues of respect

Gifted and talented provision faces competition from many other areas for a share of personalisation funding. Josephine Smith and Paul Ainsworth share their tips for raising awareness of G&T in your school

No organisation can operate effectively without good quality information, provided in good time. Governors need the right sort of information, provided in an accessible format, to play their full part in effective governance. Martin Pounce reports

Joan Sallis examines some of the different issues that affect governors in primary and secondary schools

The National Assembly elections on May 3 2007 marked the completion of the second four-year term of devolved government in Wales. Allan Tait presents some of the key issues facing school governors in Wales

New guidance on behaviour and discipline in schools hit the headlines during Easter 2007 – largely because of its suggestions on the importance of rewarding good behaviour as well as punishing bad

School governors can play a crucial role in safeguarding the future leadership of schools by taking a more systematic approach to the recruitment and appointment of headteachers.

An independent report compiled for the government has suggested that a number of key aspects of school governance need to be reformed.

In two respects the focus of education has shifted in the 2000s.

Nina Siddle explains how her school is working to improve the effectiveness of the governing body with respect to the new financial management standard for schools.

In a recent edition of School Governor Update David Marriott explored whether there was a future for governance.

Many governors’ influence in their schools falls short of the model suggested by law, regulations, training, and the perceptions of politicians and the press.

The title of this article may seem far-fetched given the high profile of governor power in the past 25 years and the volume of paper – statutes, regulations, circulars, guides and magazine articles – drowning us.

Who is responsible for what? When do you delegate — and where do responsibilities overlap? Richard Gold explains.

Sue Moores, headteacher of a secondary school in the Isle of Man, compares the island’s educational system with that of England and concludes that she won’t be moving back here!

Headteacher Anne Clarke takes a close look at the roles and responsibilities of school governors and highlights the importance of creating a positive and trusting relationship with them.

A review of the attitudes of the whole school towards global citizenship resulted in changes to the School Development Plan.

Many communities are keen to know what is happening in local schools and the profile of your school can be raised and presented in a positive light by successful use of the media. This counters a great deal of the damage done to the public view of education by more generalised central reporting, where sensationalism is the main criterion for publishing/reporting. By Linda Trapnell

There is always room for enhancing the curriculum through the creation and development of special events in school that pull teachers, pupils, local businesses and the wider community together, writes Rosemary Cairns

The Government has just published an Independent Study into School Leadership, which includes recommendations on training and recruitment of leaders. This article examines the current shortage of leadership candidates, and contrasts this with the surplus of NQTs.

Ofsted has criticised the level of support many schools are receiving from their governing bodies to help them implement the government’s programme for remodelling the school workforce.

Some time this term your school will be sent an email which will give a site reference and password for downloading the template of your school profile.

Spring 2006 heralds the arrival of the National Governors’ Association (NGA) as the National Association of School Governors (NASG) and the National Governors’ Council (NGC) have merged into a single entity.

According to the DfES: ‘Governing Bodies are and will be school leaders.’ (Governing the School of the Future, 2005).

The DfES has issued a new version of the Governing Body Decision Planner which it first produced in 2000 as part of guidance clarifying the roles of governing bodies and heads.

The important role of governors in school improvement is acknowledged in a report by the National Audit Office.

Criminal record checks are to be made mandatory for all newly appointed school employees as part of the tightening up of vetting procedures in the wake of the recent controversy over sex offenders being cleared to work in education.

Governing bodies in secondary schools in England are continuing to lag behind in ensuring that their schools fulfil their statutory duties, according to the latest Ofsted annual report.

The two national governors’ organisations have agreed to merge to create a single body to represent and support school governors.

Whether you’re writing your first G&T policy or need to update your current one, what do you need to include? G&T Update editor Jane West explains

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