We keep Governors informed about important consultations and issues by writing to them. Recent letters and consultation responses may be viewed here. Governor Services have moved to a system of posting our communications on GovernorHub, which we agree is an excellent method for communication, one of a number that Governor Services use (School News is another important communication channel which we also use. Please note Governors are welcome to sign up for School News alerts). In addition the Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance (OTSA) advertises our Open meetings and have hosted our recent on-line events. We do however remain concerned that our message may not reach all Governors in all of Oxfordshire’s schools, and are always seeking additional pathways. We would welcome views from clerks and Governors / Trustees on the best method for OGA to communicate with your Governing Board.
We represent Oxfordshire Governors locally and nationally in a number of ways.
We have representatives who attend the School Organisation Stakeholder Group. The terms of reference and membership are available on the OCC website.
We hold termly Consultation Meetings with OCC’s Elected Representatives with responsibility for Schools, the Chair of Education Scrutiny, The Director for Children’s Services and other Senior officers who run the Education Services in Oxfordshire. This allows us to take up key points and experiences with the people with the real political power to get issues raised and actioned. Notes from our recent meetings may be viewed on this website.
Clearly for us to make the most of this opportunity we need to hear about current concerns affecting our schools so please contact us.*
We have a representative on the Workforce Steering Group which does an excellent job of working on model HR policies for schools which have been approved by the relevant trade unions. They also address current issues and discuss ways to prevent these from escalating unnecessarily which could result in expensive tribunals or other adverse impacts on schools and their personnel.
We have a representative on the Oxfordshire Strategic Schools Partnership which brings together representatives of educational organisations to provide strategic oversight for school improvement.
Schools Forum, whilst Governor and Headteacher representatives are elected to Schools Forum, we have had OGA Executive representatives who also sit on Schools Forum since it was first convened in 2003 and currently the Chair of OGA also Chairs Schools Forum, so we are closely involved in school funding issues.
Nationally OGA has Local Association membership of the National Governance Association. Usually at least one member of the Executive Committee attends National and Regional conferences, participating actively in any discussion to inform NGA of local concerns so that they can better represent Governors at local and national level. The representative(s) report back to the OGA Executive as appropriate. In the recent past we have also had Oxfordshire representation on the NGA board.
*BUT WHAT WE DO NOT DO IS TAKE UP A CONCERN FROM AN INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL UNLESS IT IS AN EXAMPLE OF A WIDER PROBLEM. IF IN DOUBT PLEASE DO CONTACT US ANYWAY!