Governors for Schools is partnering with the Skills Builder Partnership

As part of our continued mission to improve the services we offer, we’re partnering with the Skills Builder Partnership. The organisation is committed to helping as many people as possible develop the skills to succeed. Used by over 500 schools, 120 employer partners, and 90 impact organisations, we’ll…

What are the first steps needed to improve physical activity in schools?

Over the term, we’ll be releasing more materials outlining ways in which governors can help schools intervene and improve physical activity levels for all pupils. There are, however, baseline areas of knowledge and action that they can begin to look at and get to grips with. It’s a good idea…

Why is improving physical activity in schools so difficult?

If there are big, and largely well-known, benefits to be gained by young people being more physically active, both in and outside of school – and there are multiple ways to achieve this – then why is it so difficult to make improvements? Governors must have a firm grasp…

What comprises physical activity practice and culture in schools?

What makes physical activity practice and culture in schools may appear obvious – but actually there are a variety of ways in which a school can improve, or fail to provide, when it comes to ensuring pupils and staff are encouraged to be physically active. All schools have different circumstances,…

Why is physical activity in schools such an important wellbeing issue?

There are a variety of reasons why physical activity levels are critical to wellbeing and why that is particularly the case in schools. Failure to adequately address the issue and proactively engage with pupils not only leads to diminished attainment whilst they are in school but results in their entering…

Welcome to Term 3 of Our Wellbeing Governors Campaign: Physically Active Schools

Our year-long Wellbeing Governors campaign has spent the last two terms explaining the importance of putting mental health and wellbeing at the heart of your school’s agenda. We’ve helped equip governors with the knowledge to improve mental health and wellbeing provision at their school for both pupils and staff. In…

Guest blog: What’s Your Strategy for Headteacher Wellbeing?  

In this guest blog, Tim Small from Integrity Coaching outlines some questions and prompts to guide governors’ thinking and action when it comes to headteacher wellbeing. As a school governor, responsible for the strategic direction and educational and financial health of your school, how much value do you place…

Improving Staff Wellbeing through the Power of Gratitude

In this guest blog, James McLoughlin, Director at TAP (Thank And Praise) outlines how sharing messages of gratitude can help improve staff wellbeing.  We all know that school staff, in particular teachers, have one of the most stressful jobs around. We also know that teachers who work in schools where…

Is teacher workload a wellbeing issue – and how can governors help? 

Teacher workload has been a problem for years, contributing to stress and playing a role in driving people out of the profession. The pandemic has changed some workload patterns – at times even reducing it – but it’s still unclear whether any of these changes will become…

Governors for Schools and TAP partner to champion Staff Wellbeing

Governors for Schools and TAP (Thank and Praise) are joining forces to highlight the importance of school staff’s mental health and wellbeing.    TAP, the free-to-use social thanking platform, is partnering with Governors for Schools, a national education charity that finds, places, and supports skilled volunteers as governors on school…

A case for remote governance and ‘blended’ boards of governors

Editor’s note: this article is longer than our usual posts but we wanted to include a diverse set of opinions and perspectives on the concept. Remote governance, or flexi-governance, is a model of school governance that allows for at least a minority of board members to attend meetings remotely.

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