National Governance Association Northwest Regional Conference

A number of Bury governors and trustees attended the NGA NW regional conference on Saturday 2nd March.

The conference was opened by Emma Knight, the NGA Chief Exec and there were presentations from:

Regional Schools Commissioner Vicy Beer

NGA Director Sam Henson

Ofsted Regional Director Andrew Cook

The PowerPoint presentations can be aaccessed on the below link:

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Ethical Leadership in Education

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and the NGA have recently published a framework for ethical leadership in education. You can access the report by clicking on the link below:


The NGA is also seeking to identify pathfinder schools/governing boards who can trail the framework. Resources will be provided to pathfinder sites. You can read more about this via the link below:

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The BGD Board agreed the Summer Term Governor Training Programme at their Board meeting yesterday (12th March 2019).

You can see the programme by clicking on the file below:


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Bury Council Advice on School Governance Arrangements

Following the council's paper on Bury's education landscape, the Education and Inclusion team at the local authority were asked to prepare a paper to give advice to governing bodies if they are considering their governance arrangements.

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Good attendance at BGA Spring Term Meeting

Over 20 governors and trustees attended the Spring Term BGA meeting held in the Peel Room on Wednesday 6th March.


BGA Chair Richard Ainsworth welcomed everyone and introduced Suzanne Pendleton, one of Bury's newly appointed Primary Inclusion Officers, who gave a presentation on her role and the partnership work that is now taking place around school inclusion. Suzanne answered a number of excellent questions from governors and her presentation was well received. The accompanying PowerPoint presentation can be accessed on the link below:

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BGA Spring Term Meeting - 6th March



The Bury Governor Association Spring Term meeting will take place in the Peel Room at Bury Town Hall at 7.00pm on Wednesday 6th March 2019.

The guest speakers will be Gareth Rennie and Suzanne Pendleton, Bury's new Inclusion officers who will talk about their role and the intended impact in the key priority area of school inclusion they will also talk about the the Early Help model that is developing - to give support to our more vulnerable pupils.

There will be the usual update from the BGA executive and the Bury Governance Development Chair.

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The Bury Governor Association Spring Conference will be hosted by Bury College on Saturday 27th April 2019.

The BGA are delighted welcome back Dr Tony Breslin as the key note speaker and the theme will focus on curriculum and inclusion.

The conference will open for registration at 09.00 and will start at 09.30. It is scheduled to finish at 12.00 and will be followed by a networking lunch.

Spaces are limited to 100 - so booking early is advisable.

Watch for details on the Bury Governor twitter feed @GovernorBury

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Spring Term Training Programme

The governor training programme for the Spring Term has now been agreed. You can see the programme by clicking on the link below:




Attendance on the courses is free to any school buying into the BGA/BGD package. Otherwise courses are charged at £95 per delegate.


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New BGD Board Chair

Mark Lockwood has been elected by the BGA Executive as the new Chair of the BGD Board.

Mark brings a wealth of experience as an educator and a governor and we all wish him well in his new role.

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