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 www.governornet.co.uk
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. email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
Awards are now open and can be found at: e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
following comments received this term. Nicola Dinning, (0191) 433 8626
www.teachingawards.com Jacqui Ridley, email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.teachers.tv/node
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
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 www.gatesheadearlyyears.org. 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 www.governornet.co.uk. 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.
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.
www.teachernet.gov.uk conference flyer for full details.