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Governors tackle a headteacher's workload

Useful information, advice, and discussion especially for governors. The governors of a school are presented with the task of coming up with ideas for ways to ease their Head's workload. Headteacher Jeremy Dunford co-operates enthusiaistically with the challenge.

Governors talk about how to monitor school improvement plans

Useful information, advice and discussion especially for governors. This week, governors from three schools, one secondary and two primary, talk about their involvement in agreeing and monitoring their school improvement plans. At Two Moors, Tiverton, literacy and a writer in residence are priorities. At Gay Elms, Bristol we see how the chair of governors helps run as well as monitor the breakfast club. At Bedminster Down Secondary in Bristol, the chair of governors reflects on the challenges Ofsted set the governing body itself.

Examining the roles and relationships of the chair of governors

Useful information, advice and discussion especially for governors. Ivan Godfrey, from Two Moors Primary in Devon, Jackie Ball from Gay Elms Primary in Bristol and Richard Bevan from Bedminster Down Secondary are three very different chairs of governors. They reflect on their role, their relationship with their headteacher and how they lead, work with and encourage the rest of the board. The programme also explores the role of specialist training in helping existing and potential chairs.

How governing bodies work with heads to set and deliver targets

Useful information, advice and discussion especially for governors. This week we see how three different governing bodies work with the head to set targets for the future. A headteacher discusses a new data resource, The Fischer Family Trust, which has helped him to set realistic academic targets, and we see how his governing body has responded. A caretaker governor from a Primary School in Tiverton, sets her sights on finding the money to repair a swimming pool and persuades the other governors to support her. While the chair of governors at Gay Elms, Bristol, describes how she uses a newly acquired parents' room to encourage parental involvement in the school.

Three governors' insights: what to do if a child is injured

Useful information, advice, and discussion especially for governors. A panel of three governors discuss their legal responsibilities in relation to a series of events in a hypothetical school. After watching a set of reconstructions, their job is to debate where their duties lie. Governor expert Paul McGann provides advice and guidance througout the discussion. The panel debate their duties in the areas of health and safety after a child is injured in the playground by a catapult. The discussion moves on to focus on school security and it becomes apparent that other dangerous items are being discovered within the school grounds.

Governors discuss the legal issues raised by a busy local road

Useful information, advice and discussion especially for governors. A panel of school governors discuss their legal responsibilities in relation to a series of events in a hypothetical school. After watching a series of reconstructions their job is to debate just where the duties of the school governors lie. Governor expert Paul McGann provides advice and guidance along the way. The programme will be of value to school governors keen on understanding more about their role and how to act in the best interests of their school. This week the team are faced with the task of solving the problem of the school's location next to a busy road. They discuss their responsibilities for the pupils' health and safety out of school grounds and out of school hours. The debate also raises issues such as the school's relationship with the Local Education Authority, responsibility for disabled access to the school and how to handle inappropriate action by individual governors.

School governors discuss how to handle a dismissal

Useful information, advice, and discussion especially for governors. A panel of school governors discuss their legal responsibilities in relation to a series of events in a hypothetical school. After watching a series of reconstructions their job is to debate just where the duties of the school governors lie. Keeping a close eye on the discussion is governor expert Paul McGann, who provides advice and guidance along the way. The programme will be of value to governors who are keen to understand more about their role and how to act in the best interests of their school. The team debate their duties towards members of staff. A teacher complains about sexual discrimination after the head questions their performance in the classroom. The panel question exactly what are the right procedures to follow as the case develops into a potential dismissal. Finally the team discuss just what is the governors role for setting the right kind of ethos and culture within a school.

Year 6 pupils visit The Galleries of Justice in Nottingham

The series visiting and recommending worthwhile and enjoyable venues for educational trips. This week we join Tom Barret and his year 6 pupils on a visit to The Galleries of Justice in Nottingham to explore the history of crime and punishment from the 1500s to the present day. And we catch up with Richard Machin and his year 6 pupils on a three-day outdoor activity trip to The Robin Wood Activity Centre in Lancashire.

A visit to Cadbury World and a Roman legionary museum

'Worth the Trip' is the series that visits and recommends worthwhile and enjoyable venues for educational trips. This programme follows Trevor Langston and his group of Year 11 business studies pupils as they take an educational trip to Cadbury World in Birmingham and a Year 7 class visits the Roman Legionary Museum and Caerleon Fortresses in Wales to experience Roman life in Britain two thousand years ago.
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