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The Governing Chatters Podcast
41 minutes | Apr 7, 2022
What you need to know about the White and Green papers
In our latest episode, Emma Knights is joined by Sam Henson and Steve Edmonds to discuss the recently published white paper ‘Opportunity for all: Strong schools with great teachers for your child’ sets out the government’s vision for the future of education which was swiftly followed by the green paper, 'SEND review, Right Support, Right Place, Right Time'. Emma, Sam and Steve discuss what was included, what boards need to know and what NGA would like to have seen included. If you would like to find out more about either the white or green paper, we are running webinars in the summer term. You can find out more at www.nga.org.uk/webinars. Our Governance Leadership forums in the summer term will be focusing on the white paper and we are delighted that Paul Cohen - Deputy Director, Governance and Trust Development Division, Department for Education will be joining us to discuss the implications of the paper. You can book your place at the forums at www.nga.org.uk/events. For more information on our view of the papers, you can read our information sheets and reaction at https://www.nga.org.uk/News/NGA-News/April-2022/NGA-publish-summary-information-sheets-on-the-scho.aspx You can read Sam Henson’s blog on local governance on our blog page at https://www.nga.org.uk/News/Blog.aspx.
50 minutes | Apr 1, 2022
Being a young governor – in their own words
In this edition of Governing Chatters, Sam Tranter is joined by two members of NGA’s Young Governors’ Network, Anju Dhir and Matthew McKirgan to talk about their experiences of being a young governor, the importance of diversity of thought and representation on boards and what they have learnt from governing. You can read the full report on increasing participation in governance here. You can find more information on NGA’s Young Governors’ Network here and you can contact Sam Tranter through the network page to discuss how you can get involved.
46 minutes | Feb 2, 2022
Creating a culture of development
In our latest episode of Governing Chatters, Steve Edmonds discusses staff development with Mandy Coalter, Founder of Talent Architects and Gareth Alcott, Director of Strategic partnerships at the National College of Education. In a thoughtful discussion, Steve, Mandy and Gareth explore the key points in establishing a culture of CPD within a school or Trust, how to make the most of the CPD budget and how the culture of CPD should fit into a wider talent management strategy. They also look at how you can use the appraisal as a force for good and the vital role of collaboration and peer learning. If you would like to find out more about our speakers, you can follow them on Twitter: @NGASteveE @MandyCoalter @GalcottGareth Further reading If you want to read more about some of the topics we discussed in the podcast, you can find more below: Talent Architects; how to make your school a great place to work by Mandy Coalter https://www.talentarchitects.org.uk/book/ Inside-out and Downside-up, Steve Munby & Michael Fullan Amazon link to Collaborative Professionalism Book, Andy Hargreaves and Michael T. Connor Developing Great Teaching, TDT Executive leader appraisal a guide for governing boards appraising headteachers and CEOs, NGA CEO template job description, Forum Strategy and NGA Whitepaper: The Apprenticeship Levy and Schools, NCE A guide to apprenticeships for the school workforce, DfE Skills for Jobs: Lifelong Learning for Opportunity and Growth, DfE Standards for Teachers’ PD, DfE We are always interested in your thoughts on the podcasts, if you want to send some feedback, please email Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org For more on NGA, please follow us on social media @NGAMedia LinkedIn
43 minutes | Jan 6, 2022
New Year, familiar challenges
In our latest episode of Governing Chatters, Emma Knights is joined by Sam Henson, Emma Balchin and Steve Edmonds as they discuss the challenges faced by schools as they start the new term. Download the episode now as we discuss wellbeing for leaders, staff and pupils and how you can best support each other as well as the challenge of accountability in the current climate. We also explore how to balance the urgent and the important with a particular focus on the upcoming Governance Leadership forums where we will be focusing on NGA's Greener Governance campaign and the role governors and trustees have in taking forward COP26 targets.
54 minutes | Dec 16, 2021
Your priorities for schools in 2021 and 2022
Join NGA's Director of Policy and Information, Sam Henson along with Fiona Fearon, Nina Sharma and Megan Tate as they discuss the findings from the 2021 annual governance survey, interpret the data and look ahead to the challenges of 2021
56 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
Increasing participation in Governance
In our latest episode we are joined by three Chairs and Governors to discuss how you can increase participation in governance and why diversity on boards is important. We explore how boards have diversified their membership and supported new governors and trustees when they join.
46 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
Start of the year - lots to do
After a break over the summer, Governing Chatters is back. In the first episode of the autumn term, Emma Knights, Sam Henson and Steve Edmonds discuss the big issues facing you this term. They discuss plans for school returns, covid recovery and recap on the Ofsted framework for inspection. Alongside this, they explore the role of skills audits, look ahead to the rest of the autumn term’s events and releases. To access the resources we discussed in the show: Skills Audit is available here: www.nga.org.uk/skills-audit Model Code of conduct is available here: https://www.nga.org.uk/codeofconduct Ofsted webinar is available here: www.nga.org.uk/webinars
46 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Making pupil mental wellbeing a priority
In this month’s podcast, Emma Knights, Steve Edmonds and Emma Balchin looked at pupil wellbeing, what do we mean by it and what does the current data tell us. What are the key elements for building a whole school culture that supports pupils and engages them directly? We also explored the importance of induction and CPD in supporting new and experienced governors to make an impact and deliver the best education for their pupils. If you want to watch the webinar on Pupil well-being, you can see it on NGA’s webinars page, www.nga.org.uk/webinars Members can download the information sheet on pupil mental wellbeing here.
44 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Schools and their communities
Following the launch of NGA's latest report, MATs Moving Forward, we look at the key issues of the report and how they apply across all schools.
49 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
The role of clerks and other governance professionals in developing and maintaining effective working relationships
In our latest episode of Governing Chatters we have a fascinating discussion with four outstanding clerks who give us their insight on how you manage relationships, foster a culture of challenge and enable effective governance remotely.
44 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
Ethical Leadership and how it works
In this episode we are delighted to be joined by some of the key figures involved in the development of the Ethical Leadership framework and the Pathfinder project. We’ll be talking to them about how they have used the pathfinder project in their school(s) and the impact the work has had.
42 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
Farewell to 2020
Christmas is a time for reflection, today we are going to look back on what we have learnt from the seminars, reflect on where we are with Covid and the impact on the sector. We are also going to look at what we have learnt from such a strange year and with a sense of optimism(?) look ahead to what 2021 might contain. Thanks to Pixabay (https://pixabay.com/) and DL Sounds (https://www.dl-sounds.com) for the tracks used on this recording.
38 minutes | Oct 30, 2020
Annual Conference, Seminars and the autumn term so far
Join us as we discuss the latest on how schools operate through the autumn term and deal with the challenges of the pandemic. We also look ahead to our annual conference seminar series which will look at the Governing Board's role in: Closing the disadvantage gap for pupils Promoting diversity & equality in senior leadership The well-being and retention of senior leadership The future outlook for school improvement and accountabilit
41 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
Leading during Covid
Schools are open and children in the main are returning to school thanks to the efforts of senior leaders, staff and governors. It has been a remarkable effort to get everything ready. That effort can come at a cost and today we want to focus on leadership, the headline findings from our latest annual governance survey on leadership as well as the recruitment, well-being, appraisal and development of leaders.
36 minutes | Aug 27, 2020
New academic year - Ready to go?
As we start a new academic year, schools returning fully for the first time since lockdown, we look at some of things NGA has been up to during August. Emma Knights, Sam Henson and Emma Balchin look at the Annual Governance Survey, Skills Audits and Board reflection as well as the implications of the student grade decisions made during August.
46 minutes | Jul 31, 2020
Time to reflect?
Well, that has been a busy summer term, it has been testament to the strength of boards and senior leadership along with their staff that we have come through the lockdown the way we have. August is a chance for us all to take stock of where we are, look ahead to the new academic year and look at the big strategic issues we face..
43 minutes | Jul 1, 2020
Planning ahead - what does September look like?
Join Emma Knights, Sam Henson, Emma Balchin and Steve Edmonds as they discuss the latest policy announcements from DfE and they make sense of where we are now. We explore the key issues in planning for the September return to school, catch up money and how and what you should be focussed on monitoring if you can’t visit your school.
43 minutes | May 29, 2020
Examining the new Ofsted inspection framework
Join Emma Knights, Sam Henson and Nina Sharma as they explore the new Ofsted inspection framework, find out what our research report tells you about the implementation of the new framework and the changes it has made for governors when your school is inspected.
52 minutes | May 12, 2020
Governing through Covid-19
Emma Knights is joined by Steve Edmonds and Emma Balchin to discuss the challenges faced by schools during the covid-19 lockdown, we explore the role CPD can play in the lockdown and look ahead to our next podcast examining the new Ofsted inspection framework.
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