KCC Governors’ Conference 1 May 2014 Tina Gimber Lorraine Monkhouse Re-constitution - Consultation • DFE have consulted on changes to the regulations and statutory guidance (closed 14 March 2014) https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-government-driveto-improve-standards-of-school-governance • Part of the national agenda for smaller more skills based GBs • Act more like corporate boards and only appoint people with the skills to help the school succeed • More professional standard of governance • Guidance on GBs as strategic leaders setting out their core functions clearly Two Year Journey • By September 2014 • By September 2015 • All ‘appointed’ governors to be selected for the skills they bring • Key skills identified in statutory guidance • Skills audits undertaken prior to recruitment • Increased expectation for shared governance across more than one school – compare and contrast • All maintained school governing bodies to have reconstituted under 2012 regulations • Surplus governors removed on basis of skills rather than length of service • Reconstitution as a tool to drive GB improvement Discussion • How is this going to affect your GB? • Have you discussed this at a FGB meeting? • Will your GB use this as an opportunity to remodel or will they look to just transfer the governors in post? Which governors would fit where? The Governing Body Area of Governance / Expertise Finance HR Buildings Child protection Curriculum SEN CPD / Succession Planning Governor Governor Governor Governor Governor Governor Chair GB of 7 in TOTAL GB of 13 in TOTAL Recruitment • When did you last complete a skills audit? • How do you currently recruit more governors? • Have you considered the process you use to fill vacancies? • Does this currently involve the skills required by the GB? • What action do you take if you fail to get the field/ skills you require? Appointed / Elected Governors • What is the difference? Flexibility, choice, freedom, experience, engagement, understanding the role Models of Governance • What is the structure of your GB? • When was the last time it was reviewed for effectiveness? • Are governors clear about their role and structure? Recruitment of New Members Skills audit Reconstitution inline with skills needs/improvement plans Governing body structure inline with skills available Address training needs of existing members/advertise for new ones. Future development of the Body LA Support for Changes • Revised procedures for the appointment of LA governors • Revised materials for the election of parent and staff governors • Information and guidance for recruitment, skills audit, reconstitution etc. • Workshops for clerks • Greater emphasis on sharing good practice within local governor meetings Questions • Do you have any questions about reconstitution? • Do you need further clarification of any points? ACTIONS • Please talk to you Chair, Vice Chair or Clerk about the timing to put this on the agenda. • Ensure your GB is familiar with the consultation regulations.