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Academies Financial Handbook 2019 - Bitesize
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Development Plan Example 1 (Clerks)
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Development Plan Example 1 (Governors)
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Development Plan Example 2 (Clerks)
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Development Plan Example 3 (Clerks)
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Development Plan Template (Clerks)
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Development Plan Template (Governors)
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Development Plan Example 2 (Governors)
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GovernorSpace User Guide
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Guide: Create a Development Plan (Clerks)
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Guide: Create a Development Plan (Governors)
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Guide: How to obtain a Governor ID (GID)
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Guide: Self Evaluation for Clerks
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Guide: Training Sessions (Clerks and Governors)
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Resource list: Accountability for Governors session
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Resource list: Being an Effective Chair session
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Resource list: Clerking Administration session
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Resource list: Clerking People and Relationships session
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Resource list: Clerking Providing Advice and Guidance session
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Resource list: Essentials of Governance session
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Resource list: Finance for Clerks (Academies) session
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Resource list: Finance for Clerks (Maintained) session
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Resource list: Finance for Governors (Academies) session
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Resource list: Finance for Governors (Maintained) session
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Resource list: Governance in the School Community session
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Resource list: Self-Evaluation & Developing an Effective Team
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Resource list: Staffing and Performance Management session
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Resource list: Statutory Requirements for Governance session
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Resource list: Strategic Leadership for Chairs session
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Resource list: Strategic Leadership for Governors session
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Resource list: Understanding Governance (Academies) session
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Resource list: Understanding Governance (Maintained) session
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Resource list: Using Data and School Improvement session
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Resource list: Writing Effective Minutes session
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Self Evaluation Questions - Printable (Clerks)
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Self Evaluation Questions - Printable (Governors)
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Thought Leadership

Relationships Matter
In this article Fiona Stagg, a National Leader of Governance discusses the importance of building a team approach and how this is one of the key principles of effective governance
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The Competency Framework for GovernorSpace
Recently Governors will have seen a new document introduced called The Competency Framework. This was issued in January 2017 by the Department for Education but issued on a fairly low-key basis. It has not really been discussed during Ofsted Inspection
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Academy Conversion - Considerations when choosing a MAT
Governors at Maintained Schools, the topic of converting to become an Academy has either already come up or will very shortly be discussed. Andy Chell considers, so what do Governors need to consider when looking at Academy Chains?
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Financial Governance
Michelle Williams, Head of School Finance at Entrust talks about the role Governors have in the management of school finance
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Networking Matters – the role of networking in good governance
Fiona Stagg, a National Leader of Governance shares how networking is one the many tools by which governors can demonstrate that they are committed to their own development. Networking takes many forms and has many benefits.
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Governor Wellbeing
Fiona Stagg, a National Leader of Governance takes a different approach to the issue of governor wellbeing.
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The School Vision
In this article, Mary Gale attempts to unravel the first aspect surrounding ‘clarity of vision’ and the information needed to support a school vision in being clear.
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10 Top Tips for New Governors
Becoming a Governor can be a daunting experience, these top tips can help support you in your new role.
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School Makers - The Role of Governors?
In this article, Ken Lloyd outlines the importance of setting clear expectations of our volunteer governors.
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Preparing for Ofsted Inspections
Ofsted will scrutinise the contribution of the Governing Board to school improvement so there are some key questions you should be prepared to answer...are you confident you can answer them all?
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Should the curriculum drive the budget or the budget drive the curriculum?
For headteachers and governors there is a fine line between balancing the budget and sustaining an enriched and fit-for-purpose curriculum enabling the best outcomes for pupils. Michelle Williams looks at integrated curriculum and financial planning.
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Networking for Clerks
Does the idea of networking fill you with dread? You are not alone! Tony Lee explores the idea of networking and how clerks can make sure they don't become isolated.
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Striking the Balance: Interesting Governance, Recruitment and Retention
In this paper Ken Lloyd discusses the importance of investing in governor retention and how the role can be enhanced to reduce governor turnover.
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Skills and Governance
Tim Kitching explores the focus on skills in governance and whether there is a danger that boards can become so focused upon skills that they lose sight of governance.
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Ten Top Tips for Handling Complaints and Concerns in School
Good complaint handling requires strong and effective leadership. Those at the top of the public body should take the lead in ensuring good complaint handling. In this article, Ray Moore explores ten top tips for handling school complaints and concerns.
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Mental Health: Spot the signs of stress
Increased pupil or staff absence is just one of the signs that there could be a problem with mental health issues within your school but do you know what signs to look for in yourself or in others? Lisa Billingham explores.
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Productive relationships with Clerks: Top Tips for Headteachers
A good clerk/headteacher relationship contributes to overall good governance. Here are some top tips for creating a harmonious and productive working relationship.
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All about NLGs (National Leaders of Governance)
Some years ago, the DfE decided it would be a good idea to introduce governance champions, experienced Governors who could work with Governing Boards, in this article Andy Chell shares more about the role of the National Leader of Governance.
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Making the Most of School Visits
How do you make sure you are making the most of your visits to school? In this article Fiona Stagg looks at best practice.
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Clerks: Are you prepared for the meeting?
Experience suggests that many chairs and heads think a clerk can survive with just an agenda and a set of minutes, and few more will begrudgingly let the clerk see the head’s report and the policies. But good governance demands that the clerk sees what the
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Will your Strategy deliver your Vision?
Ian Preston explores the importance of aligning your vision, strategy and objectives and presents a plan of action
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Cadburys for Clerks - the real meaning of governance
Clerks can sometimes get bogged down in the detail, lost in the minutiae of agenda, minutes and travel claims. Adrian Sargent explores the “governance landscape” and helps put clerking into a broader context.
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Schemes of Delegation - what to consider when joining a MAT
Andy Chell explores how the Scheme of Delegation may influence your choice of MAT.
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How do you know if your board is performing well?
How do you know whether your Board is performing well? In this article, Ian Preston explores the key questions you should be asking yourself as a Board and the four main areas great Boards prioritise.
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The right agenda
Failing to get the agenda right or ignoring the agenda can lead to all manner of problems. Here Adrian Sargent gives examples of how an agenda can influence a meeting, for better or worse!
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How much time should I be spending on policies?
Governors can spend a disproportionate amount of time reviewing policies. How do you find a balance? Ian Preston explains...
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An effective clerk is a confident clerk
Research suggests that people who are confident in their role are happier in their work and better prepared to tackle change and challenge. Tony Lee shares ten Top Tips for boosting your clerking confidence!
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The Special Relationship!
Andy Chell explores the relationship between the Headteacher, Chair and Clerk.
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Clerking in practice: Part 1
In the first of a two part article, Adrian Sargent looks at the clerking which occurs before the meeting begins!
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