Applying for DBS checksLearn about the application process for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, including how chairs in academy trusts can get enhanced DBS checks countersigned by the secretary of state.
DBS checks: do I need a new one?DBS checks do not expire – it's for the school employer to decide if you need a new check. Find out when you might be asked for a new one, and how the DBS update service can help you keep your certificate up to date.
LAC and previously LAC: role of governorsFind out what your responsibilities are regarding looked-after children (LAC) and previously LAC. Plus, be clear on the statutory requirements so your school can stay compliant.
Supporting pupils who are trans: governors' roleYour school has a legal responsibility to support pupils who are trans or gender questioning. Understand how you should monitor compliance with these duties, what you should expect to see in your school's provision, and what you should consider in your own practice.
Using pupil questionnaires: guidance and examplesPupil questionnaires can be one way of involving pupils in decision-making as well as measuring how effectively a school is meeting needs. Get some guidance on how to use them effectively and see some examples from other schools.
Coronavirus: what your board needs to do nowGoverning boards, like the schools they serve, will have to adapt rapidly to a new way of working. Understand what's expected of you as chair, and how the wider board can support, during this period of prolonged school closure.
School reopening: what to monitorEven though more pupils are returning to school, it's not business as usual yet. Be clear on the areas you should focus on when monitoring your school, so you can make sure things are working well without overburdening your headteacher.
School reopening: what we know so farUpdatedThe government has announced that it plans for all pupils to return to school in September. Find out what else has been announced, and what this means for your school.
Supporting and promoting mental health in schoolsHow can governors promote mental health in their school? We relay advice from two of our associate education experts on the strategic role of governors with regard to promoting mental health, and look at what the role of a link governor for mental health may involve.
Education, health and care (EHC) plansWhat are EHC plans? We look at what education, health and care (EHC) plans are, what they contain, and when they are issued. We also link to further information on governors' role in SEN provision.
SEND Code of Practice: a summaryIs there a summary of the SEND Code of Practice? This article summarises the special educational needs and disability (SEND) Code of Practice. We outline the changes from the 2001 code and link to our SEN jargon buster.
SEND provisionRead our one-page summary of your duties in relation to provision for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Download a copy to share with your colleagues.
Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE): summaryUpdatedRead our summary to find out about the main points in Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2020, and to know where to look for information on specific areas of safeguarding contained in the statutory guidance.
Monitoring safeguarding provision: checklistYour board must make sure that your school has effective safeguarding policies and procedures in place. Use our checklist to help you monitor your school's safeguarding practice.
Online safety: governors' roleUnderstand your role in keeping pupils safe online. Ask the right questions when monitoring your school's internet policies and practices.
Questions to ask about safeguardingUpdatedKnow what to ask your designated safeguarding lead (DSL) and what to look for in their answers so you can make sure your school's safeguarding provisions are working well. Plus, see questions you can use to respond to incidents.
Safeguarding responsibilitiesUpdatedRead our 1-page summary of your board's role in keeping children safe in your school, and the duties of your safeguarding governor. Download a copy to share with your colleagues.
School reopening: how to monitor safeguardingAs a chair or safeguarding link governor, be clear on how you can go about monitoring safeguarding as your school reopens to more pupils, so you’re assured that pupils are being kept safe in all areas of your school's provision.
The Prevent dutySave time by reading our summary of your responsibilities under the Prevent duty in just one page. Download a copy to share with your colleagues.
The Prevent duty: governors' roleUnderstand what your board needs to do to make sure your school complies with the Prevent duty. Use our audit tool, and prepare for questions Ofsted might ask you.
The Prevent duty: schools' responsibilitiesWhat are schools' responsibilities under the Prevent duty? We relay government guidance on schools' specific responsibilities under the Prevent duty, which covers topics including staff training, the curriculum, and safety online.