New on GEL - Policy Watch
Our new Policy Watches, accessible from the Hot Topics page, offer further guidance on topics already mentioned in our Hot Topics. Whilst the Hot Topic will usually provide breaking news about a new topic the Policy Watch will provide further guidance of particular relevance to governors.
NGA External Reviews of Governance
The NGA review framework has been developed to respond to Ofsted judgements which identify governance issues. The review process is suitable for governing bodies who wish to commission an independent view of governance practice, especially if they are looking to move to ‘outstanding’, or if there are other issues. Please click here for more information.
Find out more about GEL
Governor E-Learning (GEL) is an online learning experience providing school governors with a flexible way to access information and training. GEL supplies high-quality, accurate and value-for-money learning through: learning modules, supporting documents and hot topics. Together these ensure the required support is available to you at your convenience enabling you to be an effective Governor. Click here for more.
Chairs of Governors’ Leadership Development Programme
Delivered nationwide by The NGA and ELC under licence from the NCTL in partnership with Local Authorities, Teaching Schools and Academy Trusts. A Programme focusing on essential leadership competencies and experiences chairs will need to be highly effective leaders. Click here for more.
- Guidance Notes
- NEW GOVERNORS
- National Training Programme for New Governors (Revised 2013)
- Key Functions of the Governing Body (2014)
- POLICY and SCHOOL PRACTICE
- Helping Children Achieve More (Every Child Matters)
- New Ofsted Inspection Framework for Schools (2013)
- Educational Visits
- E-Safety for Governors
- Standards for School Food in England (July 2014)
- Home-to-School Travel and Transport (July 2014)
- Academies: Funding, Payments and Compliance (August 2014)
- The 0-25 Special Educational Needs Reforms (July 2014)
- Universal Infant Free School Meals (May 2014)
- Schools Design New Assessment Packages to Replace Levels (May 2014)
- Changes in Flexible Working Regulations (May 2014)
- Academy and Free School Presumption (April 2014)
- Copyright Licences - Information for Schools (April 2014)
- Post-16 Transport to Education and Training (April 2014)
Free 30 day trial
Being an effective governing body relies on fit for purpose training and support. Ofsted will expect schools to demonstrate that their governing body is effective with evidence. GEL can provide essential e-learning that fulfills these needs.
Sign up now for a 30-day free trial and see how GEL can help you.
Help with registering
If your Local Authority or individual school is on our list of subscribers you can sign up for a GEL account here.
Go to the 'Membership Tab' at the top of the GEL homepage to check - then proceed to the next steps.
Step 1 Click on the Register button below and complete the registration process by adding in your details.
Step 2 An automatic e-mail will be sent to your Local Authority or School who will approve your registration.
Step 3 Once approved you will then receive e-mail confirmation and can access GEL via the 'My Page' tab at the top of the GEL homepage.
Policies for Schools
Discounted subscription to Policies for Schools
We all know that keeping school policies up to date with the constant changes in government legislation is both tedious and time-consuming. In recognition of this, GEL has established a partnership with Policies for Schools, an online resource which provides over 240 downloadable model school policies covering a wide range of essential areas including Safeguarding & Welfare of Children, School Inspection, School Health and Safety and School Improvement.
GEL members who wish to subscribe will receive a discount of £20 off the current annual subscription of £195, which will include all new and updated school policies added to the site during the year's subscription available to download straight away.
Click on www.policiesforschools.co.uk for more information.
GEL & Academies
GEL and the Academies Alliance have formed a collaboration that gives GEL members free instant access to the network's wealth of guidance and information.
This will help your school governors gain a school-contextualised and balanced view of the potential advantages and disadvantages of academy conversion.
To access these resources click on the following links and follow the instructions:
for Primary Schools
for Secondary Schools