On Saturday 30th November, governors and trustees from across Newham and neighbouring boroughs attended the Annual Governors’ and Trustees’ Conference, held at Eastlea Community Secondary School. This year’s theme was ‘Delivering the Best Outcomes for Children During a Time of Financial Challenge’. Cllr. Julianne Marriott, London Borough of Newham Cabinet Member for Education opened the event, thanking all governors and trustees for their ongoing commitment to Education and Governance.
Education Consultant, Steve Barker followed with a thought-provoking keynote speech entitled ‘Effective Governance in Hard Times’. This touched on education funding and spending over recent years, expectations of financial governance and risk management. After a refreshment break, delegates were invited to attend two workshops to explore deeper and discuss ways in which schools efficiently utilise their resources and promote their schools. Delegates chose from four workshops on offer:
- Controlling the Narrative to Shape Your School’s Brand - a workshop discussing how we can best promote our schools using our website, social media, Google and our brand to attract teachers and pupils.
- Effective School Partnerships and Collaborative Working - discussing ways in which school partnerships can be used to share resources.
- Integrated Curriculum and Financial Planning - a management process that helps schools to plan the best curriculum for their pupils with the funding they have available.
- Strategic Procurement - strategies schools can use to secure the best contracts for products.
To end the conference, delegates shared a delicious networking lunch, which provided an opportunity for governors and trustees from different governing boards to meet, share good practice and experiences. NPW – The Education Space would like to thank Stephen Gillatt, his team and student ambassadors at Eastlea school for hosting the event, Cllr Julianne Marriott for opening the conference and Steve Barker for delivering the keynote address. Our next conference will be held in the autumn term of 2020.