How can governors nurture creative expression among pupils?

What comes to mind when you hear the word “creativity”? Many of us view creativity as a kind of “gift” enjoyed by a talented few. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Everyone has the potential to express themselves through activities such as writing, painting, drawing, or making music.

How can governors support school leaders to deliver culturally enriching experiences?

Throughout the hectic school year, academic achievement and exam preparation can take priority over other pupil development activities. However, as our latest campaign emphasises, high-quality and immersive cultural experiences are vital for helping pupils flourish as young adults. Without them, pupils may lack the skills necessary to get on in…

The Challenge of Academy Trustee recruitment: time to take a new approach?

Governors for Schools is sad to learn of the closure of the New Schools Network and the consequent winding down of the Academy Ambassadors Programme, which has worked well to recruit people onto Trust boards. As the government continues to encourage schools to become academies and join Multi-Academy Trusts,…

All pupils, every ambition Term 3: Enriched education launches today!

Today marks the launch of the third term of our ‘All pupils, every ambition’ campaign. In the coming weeks, we’ll explore the theme of ‘enriched education’, looking beyond academic attainment to consider the importance of nurturing well-rounded citizens. We’ll explore how schools can boost pupils’ ‘soft skills’ such as creativity,…

All pupils, every ambition: Term 2 roundup

As the second term of our “All pupils, every ambition” campaign draws to a close, we’re pleased to share some of the helpful and engaging resources Governors for Schools has over the past few months. This term, we looked at careers education and what schools and governors can do to…

How can governors tackle common career misconceptions?

Teachers and governors overwhelmingly agree that schools should encourage young people to follow their passions. Whether they’re aspiring artists, astronauts, doctors, or prime ministers, no ambition is off-limits. However, prejudicial attitudes and misconceptions surrounding career pathways mean promoting equal opportunities is easier said than done. Although discourse surrounding diversity has…

How can governing boards benefit from having self-employed people as governors?

As part of the ‘All pupils, every ambition: Future work’ campaign, we are pleased to introduce our newest article, kindly authored by Careers Collective. Sharing their personal insight into becoming a governor, as well as supporting schools with career education development, they showcase the value that self-employed people can…

All pupils, every ambition: Future Work governor case study: Colin Ferguson

Governors for Schools believe that careers education is crucial for the long-term success of young people. School governors are in an excellent position to be able to support school leadership teams to build a career provision that is robust and enables all students to meet their potential. There are many…

Questions for discussion about Careers Education – Secondary

In order to help you learn about your school’s current provision, we have suggested some questions you may want to consider asking. The questions could form the basis of an individual discussion with a designated staff member responsible for careers or be part of a collective discussion at a governing…

Questions for discussion about Careers Education – Primary

In order to help you learn about the current careers provision at your school, we have suggested some questions you may wish to consider asking. The questions can form the basis of an individual discussion with a designated staff member responsible for careers or be part of a collective discussion…

How can you support schools to develop links in the world of work and business?

Volunteering as a governor can be an opportunity to forge links between local businesses and schools. As a governor, you can support schools by ensuring careers education remains high on the agenda. Knowledge of the local labour market and sources of support that schools can access, is a great…

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