Launch of Avec Governance Service

11th October 2012, 9:32
We are delighted to announce the launch of the Avec Governance Service, led by David Walker, a former Head Teacher, Assistant Director for School improvement, and DfE Academy and Education advisor. Our service is aimed at both maintained schools and academies, and of course will complement our other high quality services, providing schools and academies with a bespoke offer.

Following the outcomes of the consultation initiated by the new Chief Inspector of Schools in February 2012, school inspection arrangements changed in September 2012. As part of one of the four key judgment areas, inspectors will continue to focus on the impact of all leaders including those responsible for governance. Inspectors will specifically evaluate how effectively governors, or those with a similar responsibility, challenge and hold senior leaders to account for all aspects of the school's performance. Inspectors will seek evidence of governors' impact across nine areas of activity.

If Governors fail to demonstrate that they are sufficiently robust in holding the school to account for pupils' achievement, the quality of teaching and the effective and efficient deployment of resources, then leadership and management as a whole are likely to be judged to be inadequate. 

A changing educational landscape also sees many schools moving to be part of managed groups, federations or chains, with an overarching board and chief executive officer that assume some of the responsibilities formerly shouldered by the individual school governing body. In the case of such extended management arrangements, inspectors will seek evidence of the impact of the overarching board and its staff and the school's local board, committee or governing body.

To challenge effectively and support improvement, governing bodies need the right information and regular training. It isn't always obvious sometimes what this information looks like or where to go for training that will meet the individual needs of your own school. This is not getting easier as an increasing number of schools are becoming independent of their local authorities and local authorities are struggling to maintain the provision of high-quality governor support in the face of budget reductions.

This is where Avec Governance can take some of the strain. Our experienced Governance Partners will work with you to review your current governance practice and in light of this, develop with you a programme of activities that will help to ensure that you more than meet the new Ofsted framework criteria, as well as dealing with the professional, efficient and effective operation of governor meetings. Good governance has always mattered, let Avec work with you so that Ofsted can see that it matters in your school.

In the first instance, please contact David Walker by emailing or telephone 07825 788315 for an initial discussion.

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