Oldham Schools Newsletter Spring Term 2022

Oldham Schools Newsletter Spring Term 2022

Find Out What Is Happening In Oldham Schools In this term's edition: 1) Primary Science Subject Leader Network Meeting 2) Get involved in the Great Science Share for Schools 2022 3) Literacy Underpinning the Curriculum Project 4) Practitioner networks (Secondary) 5)...

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Update from the Board, February 2022

Update from the Board, February 2022

I wanted to share a brief update from the Oldham Learning Board which met just before the half-term break (11 February 2022). The majority of the Board are school leaders in Oldham, along with representatives of the Council, the Regional Schools Commissioner's Office,...

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News from Oldham Learning, Christmas 2021

News from Oldham Learning, Christmas 2021

The education world continues to face one of the most challenging situations that most of us could expect to face in our lifetimes. It has been a difficult time to launch a new organisation like Oldham Learning, and there have been significant changes in the staff...

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Thank Goodness For Daffodils-CEO Blog

Thank Goodness For Daffodils-CEO Blog

The cold, wet and wintry days of January and February are always some of the bleakest in the school year. The excitement of Christmas has past and the days are short. This year, however, the challenge for school leaders to keep staff focussed on student learning,...

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Online Resources For Home Learning

Online Resources For Home Learning

We have compiled a great list of online resources for reading and writing. Whether you want to borrow great books for your child or get them writing creative stories, there is sure to be something here to help. Download our list of useful links for literacy resources...

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Remote Learning-Top Tips From Twitter

Remote Learning-Top Tips From Twitter

Not everyone uses Twitter but it has become a really good place for colleagues around the country to share practice and resources. Some of these ideas address findings that children need time to see their friends and have some time to chat together as well as time to...

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FREE CPD offer to your Governing Board from Governors for School

by | May 9, 2022 | Latest News, Resources | 0 comments

Dear Chair & Headteachers

Governors for Schools (a national education charity) have a fantastic free development opportunity to offer your Governing Board. It’s great news that they want to invest in our Oldham Governing Boards with this pilot scheme.

Their offer will support your Governing Board’s CPD development ready to support the Ofsted – Leadership and Management judgement – of which governance is now an important feature.

Here is what Governors for Schools say they will provide your board with: A year-long package aimed to get your board into the best shape it can be, reducing vacancies, increasing skills and confidence in the role and building strategic links with university and corporate partners.

Governor recruitment

  • Prioritise your school board vacancies, coordinating with our university and corporate partners to identify committed volunteers.
  • Parent governor engagement – if you have parent vacancies coming up, we will provide materials and a webinar to help outline the role to parents and reduce preconceptions and barriers to putting themselves forward.

New governor support

  • Any governors placed through our service will receive a year’s free support through The Key for School Governors and have access to GovernorHub.
  • For all new governors (including parents/staff), we provide a 12 month programme of support, providing information and training on key areas to support an effective induction.
  • Governors will have access to our Skills Development Tracker – an online tool to help them track their progress in the role and identify areas to develop.

Board support

  • A 12 month programme of support, including monthly webinars on pertinent topics that will develop all governors in their role.
  • Termly networks with other governors in schools in similar areas, to share best practice and discuss pertinent topic.

Staff development

  • We will work with you to engage your staff in school governance as a CPD opportunity.
  • We can place your staff onto boards in other schools that face similar challenges, providing professional development for the staff members.
  • Staff governors placed will receive the 12 month programme of support and access to the Skills Development Tracker, so they can document their progression.

Who are Governors for Schools?

Governors for Schools is an education charity with over twenty years’ experience of recruiting and supporting school governors. In the last year we’ve placed over 2,000 volunteers onto school boards and our service is free to state-funded schools.

How can we support you?

We understand that schools in disadvantaged areas face complex challenges, with heightened difficulties in some areas such as governor recruitment.

At Governors for Schools we work with corporate and charity partners who want to support our work and have an impact in areas of high deprivation. With this in mind, we’ve put together a package of fully-funded support for schools and invite you to register your interest.

What Governors for Schools will need from you?

We will be able to provide this package of support to your board through donations from corporate partners and charities. To encourage further funding, we need to be able to demonstrate the impact that the support package has. To do this, we will ask any school that receives the support to complete two surveys, one at the start of the programme and one at the end. We hope that your feedback will evidence that additional support has improved the effectiveness of your board. We’ll also want to learn from your feedback and develop our support further.

Next steps

To register your interest in receiving this year-long package of support, please email me gerri.barry@oldham.gov.uk and cc Emma.Harris@governorsforschools.org.uk

In this initial pilot phase, Governors for Schools can support 10 schools and these will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If successful, your school leader and Chair will be invited to an initial online short briefing session with other selected schools. Following this, a one to one call will be booked to discuss your specific needs, including vacancies on your board and how best to engage your staff and parents.

You will have a dedicated Partnership Manager on hand to support you throughout the programme, including termly check-ins where desired.

Oldham Schools Newsletter Spring Term 2022

Oldham Schools Newsletter Spring Term 2022

Find Out What Is Happening In Oldham Schools In this term's edition: 1) Primary Science Subject Leader Network Meeting 2) Get involved in the Great Science Share for Schools 2022 3) Literacy Underpinning the Curriculum Project 4) Practitioner networks (Secondary) 5)...

read more
Update from the Board, February 2022

Update from the Board, February 2022

I wanted to share a brief update from the Oldham Learning Board which met just before the half-term break (11 February 2022). The majority of the Board are school leaders in Oldham, along with representatives of the Council, the Regional Schools Commissioner's Office,...

read more
News from Oldham Learning, Christmas 2021

News from Oldham Learning, Christmas 2021

The education world continues to face one of the most challenging situations that most of us could expect to face in our lifetimes. It has been a difficult time to launch a new organisation like Oldham Learning, and there have been significant changes in the staff...

read more
Thank Goodness For Daffodils-CEO Blog

Thank Goodness For Daffodils-CEO Blog

The cold, wet and wintry days of January and February are always some of the bleakest in the school year. The excitement of Christmas has past and the days are short. This year, however, the challenge for school leaders to keep staff focussed on student learning,...

read more
Online Resources For Home Learning

Online Resources For Home Learning

We have compiled a great list of online resources for reading and writing. Whether you want to borrow great books for your child or get them writing creative stories, there is sure to be something here to help. Download our list of useful links for literacy resources...

read more
Remote Learning-Top Tips From Twitter

Remote Learning-Top Tips From Twitter

Not everyone uses Twitter but it has become a really good place for colleagues around the country to share practice and resources. Some of these ideas address findings that children need time to see their friends and have some time to chat together as well as time to...

read more