DBS checks: do I need a new one?DBS checks don't 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.
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.
What to monitor from SeptemberEven though your school is opening to all pupils in autumn, 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 you're challenging and supporting school leaders and that things are working well.
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.
From September: how to monitor safeguardingUpdatedAs a chair or safeguarding link governor, be clear on how to go about monitoring safeguarding as your school reopens to all pupils in autumn, so you’re assured that pupils are being kept safe in all areas of your school's provision.
Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE): summaryRead 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 safeguardingKnow 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 responsibilitiesRead 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.