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  • DBS checks
    • Applying for DBS checks Learn 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 and other required checks for trustees, members and local governors Be clear on what checks need to be carried out on members, trustees and local governors when they join your academy trust.
    • 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.
    • DBS checks for governors and trustees Save time by reading our summary of the rules on DBS checks for governors in just one page. Download a copy to share with your colleagues.
    • DBS checks: requirements for governors (maintained) Learn more about the different types of checks required for governors in maintained schools and how to apply for them. We'll also tell you which checks are required for associate members and what to do if you miss an application deadline.
    • DBS checks: school staff Download our summary table to learn which staff members need to have a criminal records check, and what checks staff need when they've lived overseas.
    • Section 128 checks Make sure you know who should have a section 128 check under the latest safeguarding guidance and how to carry one out. Understand what the check looks for and why it's important.
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    • Equality Act 2010 Schools have specific duties under the Equality Act 2010. Learn about the Act and what's required of you and of your school.
    • Equality Act 2010: admissions and provision of education Understand your role in making sure your school complies with its obligations to pupils and their parents under the Equality Act, and learn what you can do to prevent discrimination.
    • LAC and previously LAC: role of governors Find 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' role Your 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 examples Pupil 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.
    • Your responsibilities under the PSED All schools are required to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty. Understand what your school has to do.
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    • Coronavirus: extraordinary meeting agenda and questions Be clear on whether it's useful to hold a meeting, possible agenda points and the questions you should ask your headteacher, so you're equipped to make sure your school is ready in case it has to close.
    • Coronavirus: latest government advice for your school Schools will be closed from Friday afternoon until further notice for most pupils. Here are the details on which pupils should still attend, as well as what to do if they or staff develop symptoms.
    • Coronavirus: what to monitor while your school is closed School closure due to coronavirus means you need to take a different approach to monitoring your school. Find out what to expect, and what to do, so you can make sure things are working well without overburdening your headteacher.
    • Coronavirus: what your board needs to do now Governing 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: protective measures for your school NewGet to grips with the protective measures that your school should have in place by June, if government monitoring of the coronavirus situation indicates it's safe to open to more pupils at that point.
    • School reopening: what we know so far UpdatedYou don't need to delve into all the finer details of the government's guidance on reopening schools, but you will need clarity on the key points and what they mean for your school. Here's what you need to know about what the DfE has published so far.
    • Supporting and promoting mental health in schools How 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.
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    • Education, health and care (EHC) plans What 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.
    • Governors' compliance with SEND legislation: an overview Learn about governors' duty to provide education for children with SEND. We run through the rules set out in the Governance handbook, Children and Families Act 2014, SEND Code of Practice and SEND Regulations 2014.
    • SEND Code of Practice: a summary Is 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 provision Read 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.
    • SEND report to governors: template and guidance Refer to our template SEND report to learn what information you should expect to see about your school's SEND provision. Use our SEN jargon buster to help you understand the report.
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  • Safeguarding
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