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Trust and support our school leaders, the role of the governing body in the Covid times

One of the roles that I love is being the Chair of a Governing Body.  The aim of this post is to share what we are doing, as a Board, during these difficult time.  I will refrain from commenting on the role of the Government, DfE and local authority as I intend for this to be both a positive and useful post. What is clear is that governing bodies have a crucial part to play. I am grateful both to the brilliant Clerk and the National Governance Association whose Covid advice pages are fantastic.

Firstly; from the outset, the brilliant leadership team that I work with have my unwavering and public support. Regardless.

As this is a fast evolving crisis, often with pages of advice, guideline and directives to decipher and digest on a daily basis. As such, the role of governing bodies is twofold:

1.  to prioritise the providing of support to the Headteacher and all colleagues in the school, and
2. to allow them to get on with operational matters and decision making.

The role of the govern…

Workflow and connections

The video above is my short talk given at the start of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society's Virtual TeachMeet. 

A short watch, containing some tips based upon workflow and ensuring we keep connections with young people.