A termly update to all governors in church schools from Neil Revell at SDBE, the Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education.
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Thank You, Governors!

I hope that this finds you refreshed from the school Summer Holidays and ready for all of the exciting opportunities which 2017-2018 will bring for the children/ young people in the school/ academy which you serve.  As the title to this termly communication from the Diocesan Board of Education states, thank you, governors, for all that you do!

Neil Revell
Lead School Improvement Adviser & Challenge and Support Partner
Throughout this document, ‘governors’ refers equally to ‘trustees’, ‘directors’ and ‘members’.  Furthermore the ‘SDBE’ means the ‘Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education’.


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Welcome To Our New Foundation Governor Adviser!

On 1st September we officially welcomed Dan Roberts to our Diocesan School/ Academy Improvement Team as our Foundation Governor Adviser.  Dan’s brief is to develop governance, to facilitate opportunities for foundation governor recruitment through work in parishes and to work with governors in their vital role.  Dan will become a familiar name and face in our schools/academies and I am sure that we will all benefit from his expertise and experience as a foundation governor and as Chair of Directors in a Multi-Academy Trust.

I continue to hold strategic leadership of governance working with Dan as Foundation Governor Adviser.

Pam Clemett, one of our team of Education Services Assistants, continues in her role as our governance administrator.  Pam is the first port of call for all governance matters; her contact details are at the end of this email.

Governor Briefing- Tuesday 10th October 

On Tuesday 10th October, between 9.30am and 12pm (tea/ coffee available on arrival from 9.00am), I will be running the first diocesan Governor Briefing of the academic year at the Diocesan Education Centre in Wilton.  All governors are welcome!  I am delighted that Dan Roberts will be joining us on this occasion too.

For one credit (Non-PSA £120+VAT) you may attend all 3 sessions scheduled across the academic year.  The website has further details;  click here for Governor Briefing details. The themes covered at the Briefing will include:

1.    SDBE Development - Church Of England Voluntary Aided (VA) and Voluntary Controlled (VC) School Foundation Governor Appointment Policy
2.    Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS)
3.    SDBE: PSA 2017-2018
4.    SDBE Schools Causing Concern Strategy
5.    Primary School KS2 Test Results 2017
6.    ‘Analyse School Performance’ (ASP)
7.    Admissions Arrangements 2019-2020
8.    Insight Into Workings Of Academy Trusts
9.    Foundation Governor Adviser’s Work
10.    What Governing Boards Should Expect From School Leaders And What School Leaders Should Expect From Governing Boards – Report
11.    National Governance Association (NGA) 
12.    Regional School Commissioner For The South West – Lisa Mannall
13.    Speech By Amanda Spielman, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector Of Schools
14.    ‘British’ Values
15.    SDBE Courses and Contacts
16.    Activity
17.    Group Discussion/ Networking

Dan and I greatly look forward to working with many of you on 10th October!

Continued Professional Development
Don't forget, our training courses are being updated all the time. Search for the latest ones here. If you have a query, feel free to contact Anna Tucker, as below.
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Church Of England Voluntary Aided (VA) and Voluntary Controlled (VC) School Foundation Governor Appointment Policy

Last term the new ‘Church Of England Voluntary Aided (VA) and Voluntary Controlled (VC) School Foundation Governor Appointment Policy’ came into effect.  The policy and associated forms are available here.  This policy broadens the ‘criteria’ which enable people to serve as foundation governors in VA and VC schools.   As part of this development it is now obligatory for all new, or ‘returning for a further term’, foundation governors to attend a half day ‘New Foundation Governor’ training opportunity, led by Dan or myself, within the first term of taking up ‘post’.  This training will focus on the role and responsibilities of foundation governors, sharing examples of outstanding practice.  

Thank you for your feedback about the new policy and associated forms.  This has been overwhelmingly positive; any ‘less positive’ feedback has focused on the paperwork which needs to be completed.  We promise to review this as the year proceeds and as the new arrangements become embedded.

Details of the training dates and venues for the rest of this academic year are listed on our website or please click this LINK.
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Admissions Arrangements 2019-2020 including SDBE Model Admissions Arrangements

The coming weeks are the time when schools/ academies need to prepare their Admissions Arrangements for 2019-2020.

An important and detailed letter has been issued to school/ academy leaders accompanied by our diocesan Model Admissions Arrangements that schools/ academies can personalise to meet their context.

Schools/ academies are required to consult on their Admissions arrangements if a change from previous years is being proposed and, even if there have been no changes within that time, must consult at least once every seven years.

It is the responsibility of governing bodies to ensure that their school/ academy meets all timelines and processes.
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Partnership Service Agreement (PSA) 2017 – 2018

The PSA lies at the heart of our Board of Education relationship with schools/ academies and we are delighted that the majority of diocesan schools/ academies have subscribed to this important partnership.  Thank you!  We are truly excited to be working on the revised PSA with schools.  

The PSA is centred around five key strands of work. These five strands have been carefully planned in response to the needs of your schools/ academies to help you to ensure that their distinctiveness leads to effectiveness.  These five strands are:

•    Strand 1:  A three-hour School/ Academy-Based Adviser Visit, undertaken either by Mandy Christopher (Assistant Director of Education) or by me
•    Strand 2:  A local CPD programme for R.E. Co-ordinators and a local CPD programme for Collective Worship Co-ordinators 
•    Strand 3:  A training and support programme for all Headteachers new to post 
•    Strand 4:  Training and support for all new or ‘returning for a further term’ foundation governors.  This training is now a requirement within the diocesan ‘Church of England Voluntary Aided (VA) and Voluntary Controlled (VC) School Foundation Governor Appointment Policy’.
•    Strand 5:  A discounted menu of bespoke support through the purchase of additional PSA credits 

I have just emailed Heads about the first strand.  Over the next few weeks Verity Holloway (Adviser for R.E., Collective Worship & Spirituality) will write to Heads about the second strand and Mandy Christopher will contact schools/ academies about the third strand.

We very much encourage Chairs of Governors to join us for part of the three-hour School/ Academy-Based Adviser Visit (Strand 1) because some of this visit will focus on governance, particularly foundation governance.

The purpose of the three-hour School/ Academy-Based Adviser Visit is threefold:

a)    Validating, with school/ academy leaders, the strengths of the school/academy
b)    Exploring, with school/ academy leaders, the robust and rapid steps for improvement which the school/ academy has identified and how these will be achieved
c)    Engaging in dialogue about further identified support with school/ academy leaders

Our work with all schools/ academies is underpinned by the fact that a church school’s/ academy’s distinctiveness should lead to effectiveness.  It is because of this that, as part of the three-hour School/ Academy-Based Adviser Visit, we will explore the school’s/ academy’s assessment outcomes within our wider discussion.

The themes for these meetings will be:

•    Standards Of Achievement (Data Including Pupil Premium Outcomes)
•    The Quality Of Teaching
•    The School’s/ Academy’s SIAMS SEF (SIAMS Toolkit) Evaluations
•    The School’s/ Academy’s OFSTED SEF Evaluations
•    The Impact Of Governance (Especially Foundation Governance)
•    The School’s/ Academy’s Christian Vision And Its Impact
•    School/ Academy Relationship With Parish
•    Provision From The Parish Church For Children And Young People 
•    Agreeing Bespoke PSA Work

In our three-hour meeting we will talk about the fact that the Education Department of the Church of England is planning shortly to issue a revised SIAMS Evaluation Schedule (Inspection Framework) which will come into effect from 1st September 2018.  For all schools/ academies, but especially for those schools/ academies due to be inspected by SIAMS in 2018-2019, it will be vital to match their work against this new Schedule.  

If your school is not subscribed to the PSA, you can still access all of our training but the cost is significantly reduced for PSA schools. Sarah McNicol (01722 746949) or Pam Clemett (01722 746952) will be delighted to discuss the PSA further with you and your Head if you wish to find out more!
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CEO/ Head Teacher/ Head of School Appointments within the SDBE

A reminder that the SDBE continues to provide a totally free advisory service for all schools/academies … and this includes academies within MATs … to support the appointment of CEOs/ Head Teachers/ Heads of School.  The SDBE recognises the hugely significant impact of leadership on the life and outcomes of a school/academy.  We also understand the vital importance of church schools/academies being led by leaders who are committed to the notion of church school distinctiveness.  While we do not have voting rights in the appointment process, it is important to us that we are invited to advise.  This is why there is no cost for the service.

If schools/ academies need to access this service, please do contact our Education Services Manager, Sarah McNicol – or 01722 746949.  She will then link your school with an adviser who will support your governors throughout the recruitment and appointment process. 

I would like to thank those of you who have worked, or are currently working, in partnership with us for school/academy leader appointments.
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Our SDBE Governor Briefing on 10th October will open with the following prayer which I want to share with you all so that you may use it as a prayer/reflection when you next gather as governors.  It feels like an appropriate prayer as school/ academy teams gather together again at the start of another academic year, journeying onwards and strengthened by the knowledge of God’s love:
As we gather here in the harbour of Your safety 
We thank You for fellowship and family. 
We ask that You will strengthen us, restore us and inspire us with Your love. 
Lord, would you fill us with Your peace 
So that as we journey onwards 
We would pour out Your love and grace to others. 
We ask that our souls would catch the wind of Your spirit
So that we would take Your promises to all the earth. 


Thank you for all that you do; thank you, governors!
Neil Revell
Lead School Improvement Adviser & Challenge and Support Partner
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And finally...

A Sad Goodbye !!
Sam Ter Haar, Education Services Assistant

It is with great sadness we  recently said goodbye to Sam Ter Haar; he has been with us nearly 4 years and is known to many of you as you have telephoned or emailed the office with reference to the PSA, Headteacher Appointments or indeed making appointments for Mandy & Neil! Sam originally did his degree in videography, marketing and design, and we congratulate him as he has secured a job in this field.  

Until we appoint a replacement for Sam, I will be fielding calls for Headteacher appointments and also Mandy’s diary. Please bear with us as we have a few weeks with a reduced School Support Team, but do keep in touch if you have any queries.

Sarah McNicol
Education Services Manager & Assistant to the Director of Education
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Main Contacts

Lead School Improvement Adviser & Challenge and Support Partner
Neil Revell
01722 746952
Neil leads governor strategy and the School/ Academy Improvement Team.
Foundation Governor Adviser
Dan Roberts
01722 746952
Dan supports foundation governors in their role and works with schools and parishes in governor recruitment, retention and training.
Education Services Assistant
Pam Clemett
01722 746952
Pam handles data processing for governor body members, minutes of meetings and renominations.
Course Administrator
Anna Tucker
01722 746943
Anna administers all our courses, including bookings.
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