Let’s talk about the chair

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In my last blog, ‘Governors don’t what they don’t know’, I talked about Headteachers who perhaps do not always get governance but provide the ‘sticky bun and the cup of tea’ type of governance. But what about the chair – … Continued

Are we sharing nicely?

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I am starting the holiday break with some reading. In fact, I have taken some time out lately to do more reading, sitting in the sun (yes it is sunny in Wirral!) and blocking off a day here and there … Continued

Twitter Twitter

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The value of Twitter? I have three Twitter accounts. A personal one where I post photos of the dog, talk about Poldark and other random stuff. My @WirralGov tends to relate to everything education and then I have a company … Continued


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Mirror, mirror on the wall…..well not THAT sort of reflection! We have started the summer break and I don’t know about you but I am shredding paperwork I no longer need and putting saved documents into folders. I have only … Continued

Impact, impact, impact

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There was an interesting discussion on UKGovChat (@UKGovchat) last week about what difference we make as governors. It was called ‘Making a Difference‘. The discussion was an interesting one as it is sometimes hard to have solid evidence of our … Continued


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  On the first day of a New Year our thoughts often turn to ‘Resolutions’ – my late daughter used to call them ‘Revolutions’ which I actually prefer, Anyway, I digress! So what are your resolutions this year?  I do … Continued

To pay or not to pay – that is the question

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On the 15th December, 2016 Ofsted published a survey report on governance arrangements in complex and challenging circumstances. The full report can be found via this link https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/improving-governance The report identifies the barriers faced by governors in these schools and the … Continued

First Blog Post!

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Leadership Styles The end of a school year is a good opportunity for reflection. How have I performed as a chair this year? Do I cringe at anything I have said or done? Did I encourage my colleagues to participate … Continued