16 Nov The New Chair: What’s next?
I was going to say that starting my second year as ‘The New Chair’ was a bit easier than the first – and I suppose that so far it is. However, I think it is more accurate to say that it has been ‘different’!
True, there’s not been the mad panic of wondering what to do in the first meeting, and feeling as though you’re finding your way in the dark. But I seem to have replaced ‘new’ with other challenges. Maintaining harmony amongst governors, increasing its professionalism, dealing with a very small number of, but quite complicated, parental complaints and even though we took academisation off the agenda last year, it is never far away!
NGA Leadership Development Programme
One of the things I’ve very much enjoyed has been the NGA Chair of Governor’s Leadership Development Programme. Both the the content of the course and being able to talk about national education issues and school issues confidentially. This has helped me to clarify some of my thinking around the question of whether we should become an academy, and if so, how, when and under whose ‘rules’.
The big ‘O’
We haven’t seen Ofsted yet, although it is now almost guaranteed that they’re about to phone! That said, I think we’re ready for the call now as we’ve had the time we needed to get our feet under the table. The changes we desperately needed to make have been made. (If you remember from my first post, we had a new headteacher when I became chair). Our school feels very different from where we were, and I’m very excited to see what happens next!
Questions, questions, questions…
So, to a question for you. These posts are in a category called ‘The New Chair’ – and by definition I’m no longer new! Or am I? How long did it take as a chair before the ‘newness’ wore off for you? Therefore what would you like to see this occasional series of blog posts become? An ongoing meander through my thoughts and concerns about academisation? Reflections on the governing body and pressures on schools? Something else, or all of the above? Please let me know in the comments or a tweet with the hashtag #TheNewChair…
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