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					Governor of the Year!                                                                                      Gateshead Governor
You may have seen the National Teaching
Awards ceremony that was broadcast by the
BBC in October. This year for the first time
there was a category in the Awards for
                                                                                                           Newsletter                                                                     Autumn 2006
governors. This is part of the strategy for
                                                                                                           Raising Achievement, Learning & Children
raising public awareness of the contribution
that governors make to schools and hopefully
encouraging new recruits.
                                                                                                            would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself

I was privileged to be one of the regional
                                                                                                           Ias the new Senior Governor Support Officer to those
                                                                                                           governors I have not had the opportunity to meet as yet.
judges for the award. Having received a large
number of nomination forms, my colleague
and I whittled them down to four using the                                                                 We have been able to make considerable progress in the summer
evidence presented under the criteria. We                   Future Developments -                          and autumn terms including the development of our agenda
then visited these schools and were able to                                                                and minutes format and the review of committee structures and
have discussions with a range of people to
                                                             Gateshead Governor                            terms of reference as well as other internal reviews.
help us decide who our regional winner would                   Support Service
be.                                                                                                        As a member of a national team I am involved in the
                                                       ●   The team are currently working on the           development of the National Training Programme for Clerks to
All four of these governors and their                      development of a handbook for new               Governing Bodies. This accredited programme will give clerks         Guide to the Law Updates
supporters were invited, along with all other              governors, which we hope we will be able        the opportunity to gain the professional recognition they deserve.   Please note that the latest updates
regional finalists, to the regional celebration,           to launch following a period of consultation    We plan for all of our Support Officers to work towards the          for your Guide to the Law are now
                                                           in the spring term.                                                                                                  available for you to download and
which took place at the Stadium of Light.                                                                  National Programme in this academic year.
                                                       ●   In the spring we hope to produce a booklet                                                                           add to your file at
The regional finalists from throughout the                 for potential governors to give to employers                                                               
                                                                                                           I am delighted to be working with such a professional and
country then went forward to the national                  which will highlight the benefits in allowing   experienced team who are committed to the schools they
finals where Paddy Hume from St Cecilia’s                  employees time from work to undertake           support and are also committed to improving the service that we        Gateshead Governor
College, Londonderry was given the DfES                    duties as a governor in Gateshead.
                                                                                                           offer.                                                               Support Service Contacts
Teaching Award for Governor of the Year. As                                                                                                                                        Dryden Centre, Evistones Road
                                                       ●   There will be a further review of the
there were over 600 nominations for this                   Governor Development Programme                  School governance continues to be a changing, challenging and                Gateshead NE9 5UR
category this year (more than there has ever               following a governor training needs audit       rewarding area in which to work, and I look forward to meeting
been for any one category) this was certainly a                                                                                                                                    Jacqueline Ridley, (0191) 433 8624
                                                                                                           you all at future events, training and governors meetings.   
great achievement!                                     ●   Introduction of meetings for new governors
                                                           to enable governors to ask questions and                                                                                Kim Bosomworth, (0191) 433 8625
                                                           meet other new governors in an informal         As always if you have any queries, comments or ideas on how     
If you know someone who is deserving of
                                                           setting.                                        you would like to see our service developed I would be delighted
such a nomination please consider making                                                                                                                                           Carole Todhunter, (0191) 433 8625
                                                                                                           to hear from you and can be contacted on 0191 4338624 or via
one. The nominations for all next year’s               ●   Review of the Headteacher report guidance,                                                                      
Awards are now open and can be found at:                                                                   e-mail on
                                                           following comments received this term.                                                                                   Nicola Dinning, (0191) 433 8626                                                                                     Jacqui Ridley,                                                   
                                                       We have taken on board all feedback received        Senior Governor Support Officer                                           Debbie Todd, (0191) 433 8627
Helen Richardson                                       from our termly Director’s Briefings and termly
Governor, Head of Governor Services, Newcastle         full Governing Body meetings and work is
Chair of National Co-ordinators of Governor Services   constantly in progress to improve our service        Teacher’s TV                                                           Leone Buchanan, (0191) 433 8627
(NCOGS)                                                to you.                                              If you haven’t already heard about Teacher’s TV satellite and   
                                                                                                            cable channel or don’t have access to that television channel,
                                                                                                                                                                                  Yvonne McClelland, (0191) 433 8628
                                                                                                            you can catch up with all aspects of current topical educational
                                                                                                            issues online at

      May we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a very                                                 There is a dedicated page for specific governor issues online
                                                                                                                                                                                     Jayne Rayne, (0191) 433 8628
                                                                                                            and two allocated governor spots are provided on the TV
   Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you all in 2007!                                            channel every Monday.                                                  Karen Patterson, (0191) 433 8628
Current Awareness Issue –
Tackling Cyber Bullying
                                                          Early Years and Childcare
                                                          Service weblog
                                                                                                                  Governors’ Conference 2006
                                                                                                               Once again our annual Governors Conference was a resounding success and we would like
                                                          The Early Years and Childcare Service has              to thank everyone who attended. Your input was much appreciated and we hope that
Mobile, Internet and wireless technologies have           recently set up a weblog, which can be viewed
                                                                                                                            you were invigorated and motivated by our two guest speakers
increased the pace of communication and brought           at Through this
benefits to users worldwide. But their popularity                                                                                    Mr John West-Burnham and Mr Mick Waters.
                                                          weblog the Early Years and Childcare Service
provides increasing opportunities for misuse              will be keeping people up to date with the latest
through ‘cyberbullying’.                                  developments such as the development of
                                                                                                                                                                               “Both speakers were
                                                          Children’s Centres, the Children’s Information
                                                                                                                               “Mick Waters – an absolute                  entertaining and informative.
It is crucial that children and young people use          Service and the development of high quality
                                                                                                                               inspiration with wonderful,                They provided motivation and
their mobiles and the Internet safely and positively,     early years and childcare services that are                                                                   inspiration to continue to develop
and that they are aware of the consequences of            affordable, accessible, inclusive and meet local                      practical ideas as well as a
                                                                                                                                 philosophy which can be                  and re-engineer what we do in
misuse.                                                   needs.                                                                                                                      school“
                                                                                                                               achieved to making learning
                                                          The weblog also provides up to date information                               irresistible“
What is cyberbullying?                                    on Children’s Centre events and the Early Years
Text message, picture/video-clip, phone call or           and Childcare Service News Bulletin information.
email bullying, bullying through instant messaging
                                                                                                                                                                            “I found both the
or via websites. For a full definition of cyber                                                                           “A successful school is                       guest speakers extremely
bullying please visit              Safer Recruitment:                                         about the whole child not simply                 informative and inspirational.
                                                                                                                      subject knowledge – Governors                  Their passion & commitment to
Schools have a duty to ensure that:                       New workshops and revisions                                  need to be reminded of this“                  putting the child at the heart of
●   bullying via mobile phone or the Internet is          to the training                                                                                           everything we do was something
                                                                                                                                                                            I will try to build
    included in their mandatory anti-bullying             In response to feedback from participants                                                                                upon”.
    policies,                                             undertaking the Safer Recruitment online
●   the curriculum teaches pupils about the risks of      training, the course assessment has been
    new communications technologies, the                  revised – in particular to remove ambiguity and                            “As a secondary school
                                                          lack of clarity from the questions. In addition,                           teacher the conference                    “3 ideas summed it up.
    consequences of their misuse, and how to use
                                                          feedback is being introduced into the course                          presentation by Mick Waters was            1 - Make learning irresistible.
    them safely
                                                          assessment within the next six weeks. This will                       an inspiration. Relevant, thought             2 – Fantasy is important.
                                                          provide candidates with information about their                         provoking and entertaining.”             3 – Manipulate the curriculum
●   all e-communications used on the school site or
    as part of school activities off-site are monitored   responses and areas of the course that they                                                                              for your school”
                                                          might wish to review. If you have not yet
●   clear policies are set about the use of mobile        completed the training you are strongly
    phones at school                                      recommended to do so. Workshop materials are
                                                          also being developed. These materials will be
●   Internet blocking technologies are continually                                                                            “This is the second time I have
                                                          targeted at a wider audience.                                                                                    “Two keynote speakers
    updated and harmful sites blocked                                                                                       attended the conference and once
                                                                                                                                   again it was superb”                 – both inspirational & thought
                                                                                                                                                                            provoking – providing
●   they work with pupils and parents to make sure
    new communications technologies are used              DDA Conference                                                                                                encouragement & challenge”
                                                          Newcastle Governors Association have offered
●   security systems are in place to prevent images       Gateshead governors the opportunity to attend
    and information about pupils and staff being          their spring term conference which will focus on
    accessed improperly from outside school               Understanding the Role and Responsibility of               The New Look Dryden Centre and Governor Training
                                                          Governors in relation to Disability Discrimination
Schools should make sure parents are kept                 Act, with key note speaker Richard Rieser,           Dryden has seen a long awaited re-vamp in a bid to be recognised as a leading local
informed of the school standards and policies so          Director of Disability Equality in Education.        conference training centre. Successful conferences have already been taking place with the
that they can be applied at home as well as at                                                                 new look facilities proving popular.
school. Ensure that parents know about schools’           We hope governors will take advantage of this
rights to monitor their child’s e-communications.         exciting opportunity. There are only 30 places       Courses available in your recently received
                                                          available for the conference which is scheduled      Governor Development Programme will take place at the
                                                          for Saturday 24 March 2007 from 9.30 am until
Further information is available on                                                                            Dryden Centre.
                                                          2pm at the Ouseburn Regeneration Centre,
Teacher Net’s bullying pages.
                                                          Newcastle Quayside. Please see enclosed              Please feel free to book onto any of the free training sessions.                                     conference flyer for full details.

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