Look forward, give back, see the power of community

Has Coronavirus shifted our gaze outwards – and what does this mean for volunteering? When coronavirus became the focus of our lives back in March, everything changed on an almost daily basis. Schools in particular, along with other frontline services, were stretched to the limit. As a charity that…

Look forward, give back, support mental health in schools   

You don’t need to be a mental health professional to make mental health a priority in schools.   The effects of lockdown on both children and school staff aren’t fully known, but we do know that when all children return to school, supporting their mental health after…

Look forward to a ‘new normal’ and give back to schools.

Community has never been more important. The past few months have been a challenge for us all. Every one of us has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and while things are starting to return to some form of normality, schools are yet to face some of their biggest…

Safeguarding online – guidance from the Metropolitan Police service

Inspector Allen Davis from the Metropolitan Police Service talks about the new resource the force has created to support teachers and school staff in keeping children safe online. The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Guidance for Schools is a comprehensive resource that helps front line professionals in schools…

Holding effective remote governing board meetings

Denise Maloney has been part of virtual governing board meetings since before the country went into lockdown and face to face meetings were no longer possible. Denise talks about the tools she has used with her boards so all boards can make virtual meetings a success during these challenging times.

Making a difference at a special school

Ruth Boaden is a governor at Camberwell Park Specialist Support School, Manchester. Ruth shares her experiences of governing at a special school, and how she got involved. “I’m a governor at a special school in Manchester. Our pupils face a lot of challenges but the staff know the children well…

Governing in a hospital school

Lucy Goodwin is a governor at Evelina Hospital School in London. Here, she shares her experience of being on the governing board of a school that’s based in a hospital building, providing children in hospital with an excellent education.  “I’ve been a governor at Evelina hospital school for around a…

Holding governing board meetings during the coronavirus pandemic

It’s a challenging and uncertain time for schools and staff, and the children and parents they serve. The decision to close schools, either individually or on a national basis, is out of the hands of governing boards. But governors still have an important part to play, supporting senior leaders and…

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