Schools reopen to all pupils on 8 March 2021 – NGA Guidance

Governing in COVID-19 times: Continuity and recovery
Guidance for governing boards and clerks from the NGA

NGA Information Sheet 9 – Full Opening of Schools 10th July

DfE guidance for the full opening of schools

DfE School governance: coronavirus (COVID-19) June update

Preparing for the wider opening of schools from 1st June – Latest DfE guidance (25th May )
Primary schools
Secondary Schools

All latest government documents
Overview of scientific advice and information on coronavirus (COVID-19)

NGA – Frequently Asked Questions on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please see the links below

Frequently Asked Questions
Information Sheet 8 – reducing the impact of school closures on disadvantaged pupils 4th June
Information Sheet 7 from the NGA – Safe re-opening 21st May
Information Sheet 6 from the NGA – Staffing functions 14th May
Information Sheet 5 from the NGA 30th April
Latest Information 3rd April
Information Sheet 4 from the NGA 2nd April
Information Sheet 2 from the NGA 18th March

Governors Spring ForumLatest presentation available

Learners First – Governance Curriculum
Details of CPD opportunities for those holding governance  roles within MATS either at board or local level can be found here:- 

Governor Vacancies Latest vacancies added

Alan Richards’ Big Questions returns on Tuesday 17th November from 6pm to 7.30pm on Zoom.
Alan has assembled an expert panel from across the country to examine current issues in school and academy governance.
The panel comprises:

  • Tom Banham (CEO HCAT & NLE)
  • Jane Owens (@WirralGov and NLG)
  • Melanie Stokes (Team Leader, Wakefield Governor Services)
  • Peter Bell (Governance and Compliance Lead, Enhance Academy Trust)
  • Julia Skinner (Education leadership Consultant)

If you would like to join the discussion, please message Alan directly or contact the BGA and we will pass your name on.

DfE School Governance Update 25th March
Dear Governors, Trustees, Members, Clerks/Governance Professionals and Governor Services colleagues,
In this update you will find links to the latest departmental and government advice on the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and how this relates to the role of those on governing and trust boards and clerks/governance professionals.
Please note that this update is relevant to both maintained schools and academies.
Please click on the following link to go to the Governance Update page:
If you would like to provide us with any further feedback on the content or format of this update please email:
If you have a query relating to Coronavirus please email:
Thank you
School Governance Unit Department for Education

Hallam Festival of Education – A Message from the organisers:-
Friday 12th June 2020 – Tickets now on sale.
The June 2020 Hallam Festival of Education web site is now open for ticket sales.
We’ve already secured a range of brilliant speakers, performers and artists and will be adding more as we move towards June.
We’ve got great support from sponsors which is allowing us to keep tickets prices low again at £75 – with special reductions for any NQTs , trainees and Teaching Assistants at just £20 and for Mentors who work with the Sheffield Institute of Education at just £40.
We are also able to offer further discounts for schools / MATs wishing to purchase tickets for groups of their staff, I’d be very happy to discuss this with you .
Hallam Festival of Education – A Message from the organisers:-
Friday 12th June 2020 – Hold the date!
We are delighted to tell you that we are currently organising our second Hallam Festival of Education – “20:20 Vision for Education”. We’ll be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Forster Education Act and looking forward to the next 10 years, discussing and showcasing how our school system is responding to the current and emerging challenges.
We are busy developing ideas to make this as successful as our first festival and will be keeping you in touch as our planning progresses – but in the meantime, please do hold the date in your diary.