Tuesday, 12 April 2011

NGA Outstanding School Governance & Clerk Awards 2011

I was very privileged to be invited as a guest of the School Governance and Clerking at the NGA Outstanding School Governance & Clerk Awards 2011 by NGA Chief Executive Emma Knights at the House of Commons Terrace Pavilion in Westminster,London.

I am an individual member of the NGA who often responds to Emma's requests in the NGA weekly email newsletter for best practice & experiences of governance. I have also built a small profile as a School Governing blogger and on twitter using the @schoolgoverning name.

Today's event was hosted by Baroness Howe, President of The National Governors' Association.

Baroness Howe's opening speech can be found before:

Lord Hill of Oareford, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools made his speech here:

The Outstanding Clerk of 2011 was won by Sheila Daley of Alexandra Park School in Harrigey who was called away expectingly to New Zealand so couldn't collect the award in person.


The other finalists who collected awards were:

Louise Daniel, Clerk to Hillingdon Primary School
Lydia Morgans, Clerk to Raynes Park High School
Nerys Williams, Clerk to Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen

The Outstanding Clerk 2011 Award Presentations can be found below:

The Outstanding Governing Body of the year 2011 was won by Bishop Cornish Church of England V.A School from Cornwall


The other finalists who all collected awards were:

Cuckmere House School & St. Mary's School Federation
Cypress Infant and Junior Schools
The Duston School
Martin Primary School
St Mary's Church of England Primary School, Twickenham

The award presentations can be found below:

Chair of the NGA Clare Collins closed the ceremony with a few words and thank yous here:

Great to see School Governance being celebrated in such a fantastic historic setting and supported by both Baroness Howe and Lord Hill.

In addition to the finalists there were guests from SGOSS, TGWU, TES, DFE, NUT, NASUWT, ASCL, E&E Taskforce, University of Bath, LGA, SSAT, Ofsted, Teachers TV, National College, Governors Wales,IAA, The Voice, a number of Local Authorities, College of Teachers, NCOGS to name just a few.

I had a great chat with Professor Chris James from University of Bath who is the Chair of Education and Employers Taskforce and has promised to send me something for the blog for another article.

I was also interested to speak to Jackie Krafft from Ofsted who is just about to have an Ofsted report published on School Governance. I will look forward to read that report with interest.

Well done to all the winners and finalists.


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