Governors is a newsletter published termly by DCSF to keep governors up to date with new developments in education and to offer them the opportunity to comment on Government policies and initiatives. Please email your comments to the Governors newsletter team.
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Governors spring term 2010
We report on a new campaign which aims to recruit thousands of lawyers as governors. Plus, Schools Minister Vernon Coaker talks about how governors can help tackle youth violence in schools, and we look at how new technology can help bridge the divide between home and school.
Governors autumn term 2009
Included in this month’s edition; DCSF’s plan to strengthen inspection law so schools are assessed on how they support children with SEN and disabilities, an update on the Government’s £200m fund to build permanent classrooms for reception pupils over the next two years and an overview of recent legislation.
Governors summer term 2009
In this issue Jim Knight talks about trust schools and the benefits trust status brings, we look at one school’s journey in building a sure start centre and explain the aims of the Extra Mile project.
Governors spring term 2009
Articles in this edition include a report on governors’ work, advice on recruiting a headteacher and the benefits of learning outside the classroom.
Governors autumn term 2008
Included in this month’s edition; what governors need to know about exclusion, one school’s experience of adopting an eco-friendly travel plan for their pupils and the Government’s funding commitment to help schools teach global education.
Governors summer term 2008
An update on plans to review school governance, and an in-depth look at Building Bridges, a DCSF-funded scheme to forge links between state and independent schools. Plus: how to get the most out of outdoor play areas.
Governors spring term 2008
We report on how changes to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme could affect succession planning, and visit one school where governors have helped create a centre of excellence for SEN training. Plus: an interview with award-winning governor Lynette Kirk.
Governors autumn term 2007
In this issue Ed Balls shares his vision for the future of education, and we look at exciting developments for extended schools and the Building Schools for the Future initiative. Plus: tips for getting the best out of your budget.
Governors summer term 2007
Find out about new uniform guidance, home-to-school travel, news on the last education budget and the National Curriculum review which is currently underway. There are also details on the governors whose efforts were recognised in the New Year honours list.
Governors spring term 2007
Articles in this edition cover ways of tackling the cycle of disadvantage often associated with looked after children, headteachers' new powers to search pupils for weapons, how to recruit headteachers and much more.
Governors autumn term 2006
Includes articles about the new school-food standards, CRB checks guidance and a school-profile update. See also the interview with Brenda Morley, MBE.
Governors summer term 2006
Includes articles about the update of the Education Bill, changes to head-teacher appraisal arrangements and the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Bill. There is also a report from the PM’s reception held at Number 10 to thank school governors for their work.
Governors spring term 2006
Includes articles about behaviour policies, changes to the List 99 system, the School Improvement Partner (SIP) programme and a myth-busting guide to the Schools White Paper proposals. Eastlea Community School also share their tips on how to make Gifted and Talented education work in practice.
Governors autumn term 2005
Includes articles on: governors and extended schools, a feature article on the proposed introduction of multi-year school budgets and an article highlighting key issues surrounding the appointment of a new head. There is also information about safer recruitment.
Governors summer term 2005
Includes articles on the New Relationship with Schools, the recently published Governing the school of the future and Leading together materials tackling bad behaviour, beating bullying as well as an interview with governor Alec Osborn, who was awarded an MBE in the 2005 New Year’s Honours List.
Governors spring term 2005
Includes articles on how the Freedom of Information Act is going to affect you as a governor, the offer of 6-8pm childcare for all by 2010 and how St Francis Xavier Primary School won a Healthy Schools Gold Award and the new Foundation Partnerships.
Governors autumn term 2004
Ref: DfES 0849 2004 - includes articles about the DfES's five-year strategy, the recent spending review, annual parents' meetings and a case study from Grange Primary about parent communication.
Governors summer term 2004
Includes articles on: the proposed new School Profile, Finance management support for schools, Remodelling the workforce and Reaching out to the community, 14-19 Pathfinders.
Governors spring term 2004
Includes articles on: More cash per pupil, School budgets, Down with bullying, National curriculum and Building schools for the future.
Governors autumn term 2003
The September 2003 edition of Governors includes articles on: School Funding; Annual Parents' Meetings; the new Primary Strategy; workforce pay, pensions and performance management; the Freedom of Information Act (FoIA); 'Should governors be paid?' and 'Planning Ahead'.
Governors summer term 2003
The May 2003 edition of Governors includes articles on: specialism; GovernorNet; Key Stage 3; primary strategy; HE access; federations; OfSTED; new regulations; heads to advise GBs; building for the future; remodelling the workforce; training; induction and performance management materials; and teachers' pay.
Governors spring term 2003
The termly Governor newsletter discusses a range of issues in the February edition. Its lead article discusses fair funding for schools as a result of a new local authority funding system. There are also articles on how the schools admission process is set to get easier and how new government initiatives will improve bad behaviour.
Governors autumn term 2002
The October 2002 edition of Governors includes articles on: investing for the Future; Key Stage 3 strategy; zero tolerance for parents who attack staff; specialist schools, citizenship; three-year pay deal; Governorline website; primary schools funding boost; food for thought; teacher workload and the Education Act.
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