Appointing a new headteacher key to addressing other school issues

What was the issue addressed? Large budget deficit, unsatisfactory Estyn report and a series of acting headteachers. We also faced a problem of overstaffing and an adviser who attempted to rectify the situation as we did not have a permanent headteacher in place. What happened? Overstaffing was difficult to resolve because the LA had triedContinue reading “Appointing a new headteacher key to addressing other school issues”

Addressing concerns caused by recurrent teacher absences

What was the issue addressed? We have had to deal with recurrent staff absence which led to the initiation of disciplinary/competency proceeding. Balancing the wellbeing of staff against the needs of the children and the wider school community can be challenging. Dealing with HR and the red tape surrounding teacher competency can be frustrating, particularlyContinue reading “Addressing concerns caused by recurrent teacher absences”

Establishing correct health and safety policies

What was the issue addressed? The school had concerns over school hall size and emergency evacuation, the numbers permitted for school fayre and controls over safe numbers of children and adults for a given space, also whether there was a clear exit plan.  It was surprising that these things were not clearly stated. What happened?Continue reading “Establishing correct health and safety policies”

Using the experiences and expertise of governors to address school issues

What was the issue addressed? How the school responds to high number of pupils with additional learning needs (ALN). Staff are very understanding, sympathetic and work very hard to provide for all. However, the training given has not really addressed the issue. It is generally felt that most additional needs cannot be properly addressed inContinue reading “Using the experiences and expertise of governors to address school issues”

How to address tensions between governors and members of staff

What was the issue addressed? A teacher complained about governor, who has a child at the school. The governor then complained about teacher’s professionalism. What happened? The issue came to me as Chair. I followed the complaints procedure and noted ALL conversations. It basically boiled down to personal differences which morphed into a disagreement aboutContinue reading “How to address tensions between governors and members of staff”

Dealing with a grievance against the headteacher

What was the issue addressed? Duty of Care Grievance was made against the headteacher from a member of staff. What happened? The Duty of Care policy was followed and informal discussions were held.  Support was given by the Local Authority HR department – advice, documentation etc. What lessons were learnt? Informal actions were not successful.Continue reading “Dealing with a grievance against the headteacher”

From possible school closure to forming a school federation

What was the issue addressed? This issue started before I became governor but it is what led me to become governor at the school. There was a proposal to close the school and develop a neighbouring school. The best option that the school had to consider was in becoming part of a federation. What happened?Continue reading “From possible school closure to forming a school federation”

Addressing the rise of complaints and unreasonable behaviour from pupils and parents

What was the issue addressed? School staff are increasing having to deal with complaints and unreasonable behaviour from pupils and parents. The school staff are having to become counsellors, legal experts, aggression mediators and other roles that are not strictly teaching or even school management. What happened? The school had to create a legal service-levelContinue reading “Addressing the rise of complaints and unreasonable behaviour from pupils and parents”

How to deal with parents disrespecting staff on social media?

What was the issue addressed? We’ve had issues with social media and parents disrespecting staff and the school.  As this was not on the school website pages we had no control over it.  We did discuss it with parents but we had no control over it. What happened? We gained advice from governor support andContinue reading “How to deal with parents disrespecting staff on social media?”

Excluding racist pupils

What was the issue addressed? There have been exclusion hearings relating racist behaviour by two children. One in particular, was persistently using inappropriate language and actions to ethnic minority students in the school. What happened? I have previously dealt with similar issues but not from young students. The education department and staff assisted me withContinue reading “Excluding racist pupils”