Annual Governor Conference 2019 Report

Date: November 7th 2019

Aldridge Education’s Annual Governance Conference, on the theme of The Role Of The Aldridge Local Governing Committee In A Changing World, is took place on  Thursday the 7th of November at the Urban Innovation Centre in London.

Sponsored by Governors for Schools and Cafe Nero, the conference was opened by Chair Brent Thomas, who put the conference in the context of the Trust’s Operating Norms. “The standard is excellence” Brent said. “Excellence is our bar, it’s what we aim for together, nothing less.”

The programme continued with a presentation by Steve Edmonds, Director of Advice and Guidance at the National Governors Association, on the role of governors in driving school improvement.

“Aldridge has such a commitment to being part of your community” Steve remarked. “Never doubt that what you do makes a difference.”

Next on Trust CEO Jane Fletcher talked the audience through the Aldridge Education approach to Quality of Education and the new Ofsted Framework, and what both mean for governors and trustees’ roles.

Delegates received a copy of the Trust’s Quality of Education Resource Pack. These outlines a series of challenge questions that provide a starting point for focused conversations with school leaders. It also looks at questions that may be asked of governors and trustees during the Ofsted inspection process and provides a checklist for learning walks.

After a networking buffet lunch we were pleased, to welcome Joycelyn Thompson, Head of Safeguarding for Ark Schools, to run a really practical session on governors’ roles and responsibilities in the safeguarding process.

The day concluded with a busy discussion session lead by Jane Fletcher getting feedback from the governors on their roles and the work of the LGCs within the Trust.

Brent Thomas closed the conference by thanking the delegates for attending and all governors and trustees for their dedication and commitment to our schools and children.

For governors and trustees who could not make this year’s event, all of the presentations and resources are downloadable from our GovernorsHub portal.

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