Governor Annual Conference 2020

Governance Under the New Ofsted Framework

Saturday 1st February 2020 | 09:00 - 15:30 | Chelmsford City Racecourse


Clare Collins

Head of Consultancy, NGA

This session will explore National Governance Association’s (NGA) latest findings from its research on the role of governance in the new Ofsted framework; looking directly at the experiences of governing boards nationally that have been subject to inspection under the new framework. It will reflect on both individual and collective expereince and the latest from the ongoing dialogue between Ofsted, NGA and their members.

Clare Collins NGA
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Courtney Freese
Berlesduna Academy Trust


Courtney Freese

Deputy CEO, Berlesduna Academy Trust


Dr Tesca Bennett

Executive Principal, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Knights 3-18 Academy

Dr Tesca Bennett
Haberdashers’ Aske’s Knights 3-18 Academy


A Governor’s Role in Supporting Staff Wellbeing

Viv Ofstedahl, BEd, BSc (Hons), NLP Diploma and Rachel Lambie, MA

Touching on the national agenda for Mental Health in education, this one-hour workshop focuses on the effect of appropriate planning and strategies on implementing good practice in your educational setting. The session will provide an overview of mental health issues and is designed to help governors support pupil and staff wellbeing.

Effective Governor Monitoring

Linda Robinson, National Leader of Governance

One of the three core functions of all governing bodies is to hold executive leaders to account. Ofsted will review how effectively governors are monitoring the school’s improvement plans when making their judgement on leadership and management. This session will explore what governors should be monitoring, what effective governor monitoring looks like, different structures for monitoring improvement, and options for how governing bodies can be organised to ensure they meet their monitoring duties.

What Governors’ Need to Know About Curriculum and the ‘Three I’s’

Primary – Ceri Jones, Headteacher, Chipping Hill Primary School
Secondary – Tom Coen, Headteacher, St John Payne Catholic School

This workshop will explore Ofsted’s new ‘quality of education’ judgement and what it really means for a school and its curriculum. It will look into the ‘three i’s’: intent, implementation and impact, and what the role of governance should look like within this structure. The session will identify areas where schools may be struggling with adapting to the new framework and how governors can be supporting with this.

Developing an Effective Parental Engagement Strategy

Clare Branton, Headteacher, Willowbrook Primary School

The new Ofsted Framework and the 2019 governance handbook both place a stronger emphasis on parental engagement; this is a significant change to the content of the previous governance handbook. This workshop will explore the key aspects of a strong parental engagement strategy that enables the board to effectively use the views of parents to inform strategic direction.


Chelmsford City Racecourse