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Governor Live review: What does this government mean for us?

Screenshot of the School Funding segment of June 2015's Governor Live

Governor Live review: What does this government mean for us?

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Governor Live logoLast night saw the first of a series of online events run in conjunction with the NGA. Governor Live put governors in touch with governors and brought the expertise of the NGA’s Emma Knights and NLG Ruth Agnew to the topic of What does this government mean for governance? Issues covered included:

  • School funding – schools’ access to capital, projected cuts for provision for ages 5-16, the offer at KS5;
  • Oversight and intervention – the powers given to the Secretary of State around coasting schools;
  • Capacity: school places – is there funding for surplus places, will places be delivered where pupils are?
  • Capacity: school-led system – senior leader recruitment, teacher recruitment, governor recruitment;
  • Ofsted: changes from September – inspectors in-house, draft new Framework & Handbook, inspection of MATs

With governance under the spotlight and in the news the event was so popular that, in the language of Mr Gove’s sometimes-misquoted pronouncements on kum-by-ah and governance, there was a shortage of cake and/or chairs and not everyone who wanted to attend was able to. Never fear, you can review the event in one of two forms:

Fully-interactive recording

The fully interactive recording allows you to search through the text of slides used in the various presentations (mainly the one from Emma) and also the text in the General Discussion area. It also has DVD-like controls to allow you to jump to a particular session. If for some reason you can see the search controls, they’re within a slim menu which is in a black barto the left off the recording. Please note that as this interactive recording requires Flash to be installed on your computer, it is unlikely to work on mobile devices. Click the image below to view the recording:

Screenshot of searching the Governor Live recording for "funding"

Searching the Governor Live recording for “funding”

Mobile-friendly recording

If you’re on a mobile device, then the recording is available via the Modern Governor YouTube channel. It’s not as interactive as the original above, but the description on its YouTube page has links to allow you to click through to specific sections. If that’s not critical to you, you can simply watch it here:

Future directions

For those who were able to attend we hope that you found it useful – we’re committed to making Governor Live events available to as many governors and trustees as possible and are planning a programme of diverse topics for the autumn term – if you’ve got suggestions for topics then get in touch via Thank you to Emma and Ruth for their insight and expertise – if you weren’t able to make it or for whatever reason were unable to enter the live event then please watch one of the recordings to get a feel for it – and as soon as future events are scheduled we’ll send this information out through this blog as well as Twitter and Facebook.

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