Bury Governor Spring Term Newsletter

The Spring Term Newsletter has been published by our partners at Bury Council's Governor Support team. The newsletter can be accessed on the link below.


Spring 2020 Newsletter.doc.pdf


Please note that the induction training detailed in the list of training courses has had to be postponed. The BGD hope to provide this course towards the end of March.

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Good Attendance at Briefing for Bury Chairs

The Spring Term Chair's Briefing was held in the Town Hall's Peel Room on Tuesday 14th January 2020 and it was excellent that so many Chairs attended the session.

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Training Programme for Spring Term

The initial training programme for the Spring Term has been produced, The programme can be accessed on the link below:




This website has been updated to allow places for courses to be booked on-line.


Happy New Year to all those involved in governance in Bury schools.

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Good turnout for AGM

There was a good attendance for the Bury Governor Association's AGM.

The meeting heard from BGA Treasurer Elma Hoyle that the Association's finance are in a healthy position. A total of 68 schools bought into the BGA collaborative in 2018/19 and after the various items of expenditiure there is a balance of £27, 746 being carried forward into 2019/20. Members voted unanimously to retain the annual fee for BGA membership of £90.

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Dear fellow governors,

Just a week to go until the next BGA Autumn Term Meeting which is being held at 7.00pm on Thursday 14th November, 2019 - Peel Room in the Town Hall.

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Great Feedback for Governor Training

Analysis of the governor evaluation forms has been undertaken for the summer term courses and it illustrates fantastic feedback for the Bury based sessions.

The chart can be accessed by clicking on the link below:


Summer Term Analysis.pdf


The BGD Committee has been acting upon the feedback about the training venues and now, working in partnership with the Bury Teaching School Alliance, new schools based venues are being offered for training courses.


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The National Governance Association have very recently released the revised versions of their skills audit forms and the matrix collection tool.

There are 2 versions - one for those who govern in single schools and one for those who govern in MATs or Federations.

Conducting an annual skills audit is a key part in developing your governing body to either identify gaps that can be filled with recruitment or to identify training needs.

The audit forms and the matrix forms can be obtained by clicking on the links below.


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Bury Chair of Governors Autumn Term Briefing

There was a healthy attendance level at the Autumn Term briefing for Chair's in the Peel Room in the evening of Tuesday 3rd September 2019.

Paul Cooke chaired the meeting with presentations from Interim AD Julien Kramer and Wendy Jackson and Damian Kay from the Quality Standards and Performance Service.

Julien gave an overview of the work that he has been leading and is now waiting to see the impact of the revised schools-led governance model.

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Bury Governor Autumn Newsletter

The Autumn Term newsletter has been circulated. You can access a copy by clicking on the link below:

Autumn 2019 Newsletter.pdf

Please note that the newsletter indicates that training courses may be booked via the BEST Trust. This is no longer the case as the BEST Trust has withdrawn from supporting the BGD in the delivery of Governor and Trustee training.

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