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Governance

Self-Improving Schools

"But the timetabling, educational priorities and staff deployment of schools cannot be decided in Whitehall. And the attempt to secure automatic compliance with central government initiatives reduces the capacity of the school system to improve itself. Instead, our aim should be to support the school system to become more effectively self-improving. The primary responsibility for improvement rests with schools, and the wider system should be designed so that our best schools and leaders can take on greater responsibility, leading improvement work across the system."

The Importance of Teaching 2015.

School Governance

In 2010 the then coalition Government in the UK published a new vision for education in the white paper: The Importance of teaching. Many changes were envisioned but those relating to Self-Improving Schools are proving to have the biggest impact.

Over the last five years these changes proposed in this document have been coming into effect with the rise of academies, multi-academy trusts (MATS), Teaching Schools, Teaching School Alliances.  There has also been the appointment of a plethora of system leaders with three-letter acronyms: National Leaders of Education (NLEs), Local Leaders of Education (LLEs), National Leaders of Governance (NLGs), Derbyshire Leaders Of Education (DLEs) and more.

Governors are the heart of the self-improving school system as described by Lord Nash. It takes a lot of commitment, and a considerable amount of time, to fulfill their many responsibilities - it is easy to forget that they are volunteers!

Governors are regulated by statute and their actions are carefully and comprehensively prescribed.

References

The statutory instrument for Governing bodies is:

The School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013

There is also Departmental Guidance on these regulations:

The School Governance Regs 2013- Departmental advice

and the statutory guidance is:

 The Constitution of Governing Bodies of Maintained Schools

The most recent document relating to Governors and their functions and responsibilities can be found on:

Governor Handbook and Competency Framework 2017

Governors must also ensure that the school web site meets current DfE requirements as set out in:

What maintained schools must publish online

Governors

"The significance of governing bodies' role has in the past been undervalued.  Governing bodies are the key strategic makers and vision setters in every school and academy.  They are also a key part of the overall system for school accountability.  Governing bodies have a vital role to play in driving up school and pupil performance and ensuring that resources are used well to give every child the best possible education.  I want all governing bodies to focus ruthlessly on these core strategic functions, and to avoid getting distracted by more peripheral matters."

Lord Nash: Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools

Mugginton CofE Primary School - Mr J Green, Headteacher - 01335 360261 info@mugginton.derbyshire.sch.uk

Church Lane, Mugginton, Weston Underwood, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 4PL