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Now – more than ever – is a really important time to be a SEND governor, a time to speak up and be curious

After months of disruption, and now new and different ways of working, children and young people with special needs must not be forgotten. We’ve been speaking to SEND expert, Anne Heavey, about why SEND governors need to champion SEND pupils in their schools this year. Anne’s day job is Director of Whole School Send but

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Are you ready for the new relationships and sex education?

New Relationships, Sex and Health Education guidance comes into effect this term. For the first time ever, governors will be expected to monitor the progress of pupils in this area as well as making sure the statutory guidance is adhered to. Josie Rayner-Wells is a national RSHE (Relationships, Sex and Health Education) Adviser who’s been

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“I don’t think I would have felt as happy to write about education if I hadn’t also been a governor.”

Fiona Millar is a journalist and education campaigner who’s been volunteering for nearly three decades as a school governor in Camden. As she prepares to step down for a long overdue break, we’ve been asking Fiona how she got started, what she’s enjoyed about it and why everyone, especially politicians and policy-makers, should consider taking

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“Being that person on the governing board who isn’t too close to the school can be quite lonely.”

Karen Wespieser is well-known in education circles as a researcher who’s held high-profile roles for NFER, CfEE and as Director of Operations  for the special needs charity, The Driver Youth Trust. Her latest role is as the new COO of Teacher Tapp. She became a Local Authority governor 10 years ago, fulfilling a lifelong ambition

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How do governors and trustees make their voices heard at the highest level?

The annual survey by the National Governance Association gives governors and trustees the chance to explain how their boards work and to raise the issues they really care about. We’ve been talking to NGA Chief Executive Emma Knights about the current issues facing boards, the future of governance and why it’s more important than ever

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