Welcome to the School Governor Pages
Chairs' Leadership Development Programme
For information on Cheshire East's licence to deliver
the National College for School Leadership's Chairs' Development
and forthcoming dates, visit the Governors' Network North West partnership
webpages or see the Development Programme flyer (PDF,
Cheshire East Annual Governors'
‘Accountability in a Diverse
Former Secretary of State for Education
Director Teaching Schools, National College for Teaching and
Head of the School Governance
Unit, Department for Education
Please note schools and academies purchasing governor
support and development via ChESS are charged at the discounted
ChESS Purchasing Schools:
delegate £65*; 2 delegates - £110; £35 for each additional
Non Purchasing Schools:
delegate £135*; 2 delegates £200; £40 for each additional
*For Governing Bodies who are members of CEAGB there is an
additional £10 reduction for the cost of the
1st delegate reducing the charge to £55 in a ChESS
purchasing school and £125 for a non-purchasing school).
All governors and school leaders in Cheshire East
schools and academies are welcome to attend.
Please contact School Governance to reserve a
or 0300 123 5036.
Alternatively, please complete the
Governors' Forum presentations
The powerpoints from the autumn
term Governors' Forum are available to be downloaded.
Governors' Newsletter - Autumn Term
All schools and academies who purchase governor support and
development will shortly received an autumn term newsletter for
every governor. These will either be hand delivered or via
the post. Please distribute these newsletters to your governors,
Director's Report to Governing Bodies - Autumn Term
The Autumn Term Director's Report is
now available to download.
The next meeting of the Governors' Forum will take place on
Thursday 31 October at The Chimney House, Sandbach
Refreshments will be available from 6pm.
- CEAGB AGM
- Tony Crane, Director of Children's Services, presentation and
question and answer session.
- Andy Kent and Ruth Agnew, CE Governance, update to include
Governing Bodies and the Ofsted inspection framework.
The Forum is open to all governors in CE schools and
academies. Please notify school governance if you wish to
FFT Governor Data Dashboard Autumn term
We are able to offer two sessions led by Paul Charman (see his
background below) for governors on the FFT Governor data
dashboard, on Friday 29 November at Crewe Hall Conference
centre, Weston Road, Crewe CW1 6UZ. Each session
will last 2 hours, the first session will take place at 10am
and the second at 1pm, with registration/refreshments from 9.30am
and 12.30pm respectively.
Attendees are requested to bring their own FFT governor data
dashboard and will need to access this via the school.
The charge for schools and academies that purchase our ChESS
governor support and development package will be £30 (total cost)
for up to 2 governors from each school /academy. This number may
include the Headteacher and/or a member of staff. Additional
attendees would be at £10 per head.
For a school/academy that does not purchase from us the cost
would be £65 for up to 2 attendees, and any additional
attendees at £15 per head.
Please notify school governance if you wish to
Paul Charman joined FFT as a Director in
October 2012 to lead on strategy and operations. He has 15 years’
experience working in the education sector as a senior manager at
RM, teacher and school governor. In 2005, Paul led
the team at RM which designed and developed RAISEonline for Ofsted
and DfE. During his eight years as a senior manager in RM’s
Data Solutions team he won and delivered ground-breaking data
analysis projects across government including UKTradeInfo (HMRC),
National Register of Social Housing (DCLG), a self-evaluation tool
for schools (Ofsted), Family of Schools (DfE) and more recently the
PISA and TALIS international surveys for teachers and pupils (DfE).
Paul has been Chair of Governors at Dyson Perrins CE Academy in
Malvern since 2011 and is passionate about helping schools to make
the best possible use of education data to raise pupil achievement
and improve school performance.
The latest version of this dashboard for all PRIMARY
schools/academies is now available for ALL governors via your
school; a user
guide is available.
The SECONDARY version will be published in the next 2-3 weeks
and a further alert will follow here.
Free training events for all Headteachers and Governors –
Spring Term 2014
Cheshire East and the LA Governor Service, as a National College
Licensee, will be offering a series of 3 new NCTL/DfE workshops for
all school and academy headteachers and governors next term.
Topics are the new "RAISEONLINE; PERFORMANCE RELATED PAY:
EFFICIENCIES IN SCHOOLS." Further details later this term/beginning
of the spring term.
Governor Conference: Friday 28th March 2014 at
Tatton Park. Further details will be available soon.
New Governance Regulations
Governance (England) Roles, Procedures and Allowances Regulations
2013 were laid before Parliament on 8th July 2013 and come into
force on 1st September 2013.
House of Commons Education Committee report "The Role of School
The Role of School Governing Bodies report has now been
published. The report contains a number of recommendations
for Ministerial consideration and response. It should be of
interest to Headteachers and Governors given the increased
government and Ofsted emphasis on the importance of good governance
in schools and academies.
Revised Ofsted Documentation
and guidance documentation was updated in August 2013.
Summer and Autumn Term Training
Details of courses for the summer and
autumn 2013 terms are now available.
The DfE Governors' Handbook
The Handbook replaces the Governors’ Guide to the Law and it
provides information about the role and legal duties of governing
bodies in maintained schools and academies (including free
The Handbook is now available on
the DfE website.
Other Useful Information and Resources
Change of Status: a good practice resource
If your school is looking at the potential benefits, challenges
and risks of federation, foundation, trust or academy status, you
may find this recently revised guide produced by the National
Co-ordinators of Governor Services (NCOGs) useful.
Visit the The Governors'
Learning Partnership webpages to view the document.
You will need to log in to view the resource. If you subscribe
to governor support and development and haven't yet got a log in,
go to 'create new account' at the top right of the screen.
School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012
These new regulations took effect from September 2012. They
remove the requirement for schools to produce a prospectus and
instead publish specified information online. This will
- details of the school’s pupil premium allocation and plans to
spend it in the current year; and, for the previous year, a
statement of how the money was spent and the impact that it had on
educational attainment of those pupils at the school in respect of
whom grant funding was allocated;
- details of the school’s curriculum, content and approach, by
academic year and by subject (including details of GCSE options and
other qualifications offered at Key Stage 4 (for secondary
schools), and approach to phonic and reading schemes (for primary
- where applicable, details or links to the school’s admission
arrangements, including its selection and oversubscription
criteria, published admission number and the school’s process for
applications through the local authority;
- details of the school’s policies on behaviour, charging and SEN
and disability provision;
- links to the school’s Ofsted reports and DfE School Performance
Tables and details of the school’s latest Key Stage 2 and/or Key
Stage 4 attainment and progress measures as presented in the School
- a statement of the school’s ethos and values.
National Governors' Association Self-Evaluation Tool
In conjunction with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on
has produced a new
self-evaluation tool -
Twenty Key Questions for Governing Bodies.
Ofsted Report on Governance
Ofsted published a report on good practice in school governance
in 2011, entitled 'School Governance: Learning from the Best'. The
good practice in school governance summary and full report is
available from the Ofsted website.
Understanding School Data
The booklet Making Sense of School Performance
Data - The Governors’ Role in Supporting and Challenging Schools