Updates, News & Resources
Clerking Competency Framework 2017
The Department for Education recognises that professional-quality clerking is critical to the effectiveness of a governing or trust board in fulfilling its strategic core functions. Professional-quality clerking is about much more than taking minutes to record the discussions and decisions of the board. It is also about providing boards with expert advice on governance, procedures and compliance and directly contributing to its efficient conduct.
With this in mind the Department has established a competency framework that provides non-statutory guidance. It sets out the competencies required to deliver professional clerking in local authority (LA) maintained schools, federations, single academy trusts (SATs) and multi-academy trusts (MATs). It demonstrates the importance of professional clerking and the breadth and depth of knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to deliver it.
Boards that purchase the Clerking and Support Service provided via the Bolton Governance Services Team can rest assured that the service provides experienced officers that meet the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for professional clerking in line with the framework.
A copy of the competency framework may be downloaded below.
Joint Targeted Area Inspections
Ofsted has now published the next theme for the Joint Targeted Area Inspections (JTAI) programme. Inspectors will be focussing on the experiences of children and young people aged from 7 – 15 who are living, or who have lived, with neglect. Inspections will begin under this theme in May 2017, and the theme is expected to be in place until December 2017. Further details can be downloaded here.
The Department for Education (DfE) are launching a new service which will provide detailed performance analysis to support school improvement as a replacement to RAISEonline. The Department hope to have this ready by late April, early May. The name of the new service will be announced as soon as confirmed.
The current RAISEonline service will be available until Monday 31 July 2017. This will allow users to familiarise themselves with the new service and provide feedback before the current version is taken offline.
The new service will be available through ‘Secure Access’. Each school, local authority, multi academy trust and diocese has someone already designated as the Secure Access Approver. If you are not sure who your Secure Access Approver is then ask the person who sends the data returns such as the school census to the DfE – this may be your business manager. The Department will write to all schools and academies over the coming weeks before the new service is switched on and include links to short training videos that will assist users on accessing the new service.
A library of FAQs has been published on the current RAISEonline website, using the following LINK
Business Continuity Workshops
The Local Authority Audit and Risk Service are excited to be able to offer all maintained and academy schools in Bolton a new programme of free workshops to help them respond to any type of incident that could disrupt teaching and learning.
These interactive workshops will be delivered as part of joint initiative from Manchester City Council and Bolton Council Audit and Risk Management Services. Through these sessions attendees will be provided with practical advice, information and coaching to ensure that they have the tools and techniques to implement effective Business Continuity Planning in their schools.
These session are aimed at Head Teachers, Governors and Business Managers and places are limited.
Further information about the sessions and how to book a place may be downloaded below.
Governance Handbook 2017
The DfE have issued the revised 2017 Governance Handbook which sets out the government’s vision and priorities for effective governance by:
- Outlining the core role and functions of the governing board;
- Summarising and providing a first point of reference on all the legal duties on boards, signposting to more detailed information, guidance and resources; and
- Providing information on the support available for boards to be effective.
Copies of the handbook may be downloaded below.
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016
This statutory guidance, published by the Department for Education, contains information on what schools and colleges should do and sets out the legal duties that must be complied with in order to keep children safe.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children, including governing and trust boards.
This statutory guidance should be read and followed by governing bodies of maintained schools, including maintained nursery schools and colleges; and proprietors of independent schools, including academies and free schools.
All governors, senior leaders, teaching and non-teaching staff in school must have a good awareness of the content of this statutory guidance and be able to demonstrate their understanding effectively.
Termly Governance Training Certificates
The spring term Governance Training Certificates will be issued through board meetings from April 2017 . The certificate, which will show every LA training course attended in the previous term, will be distributed by your Clerk at your next full Board meeting.
The certificate will provide an official training record for the school, which can be submitted during inspection to illustrate governors commitment to training.
A Competency Framework for Governance (DfE)
The Department for Education have put together a competency framework for governance based on best practice. The framework sets out the competencies needed for effective governance. It is non-statutory guidance and should be read alongside the Governance Handbook, particularly the section explaining the key features of effective governance. Academy trusts should also refer to the Academies Financial Handbook.
The framework is applicable to all boards in proportion to the scale and complexity of the organisation they are governing. Boards will need to consider which knowledge and skill areas outlined in the framework are most important for their context. They will also need to determine the extent to which it applies to any committees they have appointed, including within multi-academy trusts to any local governing bodies, depending on the range of functions delegated to them.
A copy of the framework can be downloaded below.
Published Information on School and Academy Websites - 2016
Every maintained school must publish specific information on its website to comply with ‘The School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations’. Revised guidance about the information that must be published can be found via the www.gov.uk website using the following ‘Link’.
If you are an academy or free school, you will need to check your funding agreement to find out what you should publish on your website; however, the Department for Education has provided an overview which can be found via the www.gov.uk website using the following ‘Link’.
The Governor Services Team have produced a website compliance checklist for both maintained schools and academies. This will be shared via the spring term 2017 meetings. Please contact your Clerk to Governors directly for an advanced copy.