08 Jun NGA Bulletin Board June 2012
June’s cover story is the NGA TES Joint Survey: A Chance to Give Your Views. The survey is open to all governors, and is open until 11 June. This year the survey includes questions about academies, performance management and local authority cuts.
The June bulletin also looks at changes to Ofsted inspections to be introduced from September 2012. Summary of the changes:
- ‘Outstanding’ schools will have to have ‘outstanding’ teaching, though not every lesson must be ‘outstanding’ for this grade
- ‘Notice will be given the afternoon of the working day before the inspection
- ‘Notice to improve’ will be replaced by ‘serious weaknesses.’ This will be applied to schools that are inadequate, but have the leadership capacity to improve.
- The ‘satisfactory’ category will become ‘require improvement’; schools which ‘require improvement’ will have earlier re-inspections, now within 2 years, but with continued monitoring and support
- Normally, schools ‘requiring improvement’ after two subsequent consecutive inspections (i.e. usually within four years) will be placed in special measures. Ofsted have made exception to those that are making good progress, but not yet good
- Schools will have to provide anonymised performance management information to inspectors.
Other news relates to the newly republished Governors’ Guide to the Law, changes to free nursery places and the Children and Families Bill.
Download a copy of the Bulletin here: NGA Bulletin Board June 2012.