Norfolk Governors’ Network (NGN) run free events for governors to meet and network with their colleagues around the county. You can book your place now.
Unfortunately the cluster networking events planned for 23rd May 2016 (North Walsham) and 25th May 2016 (Swaffham) have been cancelled because there were no bookings.
In the autumn term NGN will be holding their ever-popular annual conference. This will be held at the Open Academy, Norwich on Saturday 12th November 2016 from 9.30am-1.00pm. Early birds can book a ticket now (last year was fully booked) by going to
NGN is the association representing all Norfolk governors. Governors from all types of school: maintained school, church and community school, academy and free school governors and trustees have automatic free membership in Norfolk.
Online Survey of Governors
The Eastern Daily Press and NGN are running an online survey of school governors. Many of you were kind enough to point out some technical problems which prevented completion of the survey. The EDP have now advised us that the survey has been re-launched and they would welcome responses from as many governors as possible - and for the question about total pupil numbers they have told us that if you are governor at multiple schools or a federation you should estimate the total number of pupils at all the schools you govern! So please go online and add your voice to the survey… https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZMFX3HN
Briefing from the School and Nursery Milk Alliance, the leading voice representing organisations from the education, health and dairy sectors on school and nursery milk.
Adhering to the School Food Standards
Ensuring that children in your school receive the benefits of milk
Advice for school governors
The government’s Requirements for School Food Regulations 2014, which came into force in January 2015, require that schools must provide milk at least once during the school day. Milk is a healthy, nutritious and natural drink for children and young people, providing them with the nutrients and other benefits needed to help them thrive in school. The School and Nursery Milk Alliance is keen to ensure that as many children as possible benefit from milk in school, and so has compiled advice for school governors on complying with the standards, as well as background to the legislation itself.
The scientific community, the European Union and the Government all recognise the value of milk. From January 2015, all schools – with the exception of academies or free schools founded between September 2010 and June 2014 – are legally required to provide milk to children once during the school day. Over 1,400 academies and free schools that are not legally required have also signed up to the standards voluntarily.
Your duties as a school governor: milk must be provided once during the school day
Regulation 9 of the Requirements for School Food Regulations 2014 outlines that:
A school’s governing body is responsible for ensuring compliance with the standards, according to the Department for Education’s guidance, School food in England: Departmental advice for governing bodies (2015).
The EU School Milk Scheme can assist with cost of providing milk to children over five, with schools receiving a subsidy of 4.4p per 250ml (Oct. 2015) and parents financing the difference. Free milk can be provided to under-fives via the Nursery Milk Scheme. Further information: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/the-school-milk-subsidy-scheme-guidance and http://www.nurserymilk.co.uk/.
Getting the most out of milk: advice and action for ensuring uptake
The School Food Standards recognise the benefits of milk to children during the school day. The School and Nursery Milk Alliance would like to see school governors ensuring that their schools comply with the standards, and that they actively work to ensure that as many children as possible drink milk during the school day. Better uptake is likely if the milk is:
Beyond legislation: the health, educational and societal benefits of milk
Milk has an array of benefits which should be considered alongside the legal requirement to provide it:
About the School and Nursery Milk Alliance
The School and Nursery Milk Alliance was formed in 2011 with the long-term aim of ensuring as many children enjoy the health benefits of milk as possible. It works with the government, public health bodies and organisations across the health, dairy and children’s sector to encourage the uptake of milk.
Norfolk Governors’ Network (NGN) and the Eastern Daily Press have joined forces to sample the views of school governors across Norfolk. Today we are launching an online survey of school governors.
The Norfolk headteacher associations (NPHA, NSEL and NASSH) and Norfolk Governors’ Network invite headteachers and governors to an informal networking event and ‘Speakeasy’. It’s a chance to meet other heads and governors in a relaxed setting to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing schools and education leaders in Norfolk.
NGN Autumn Conference and AGM 14th November 2015
The Norfolk Governors' Network autumn conference and AGM was held at the Open Academy, Norwich
Delegates heard from Mr Tony Little, recently retired headteacher of Eton College and author of "An intelligent person's guide to education" (2015), as our keynote speaker. Also on stage we heard from Michael Rosen, the new Executive Director of Children's Services in Norfolk and Gordon Boyd the Assistant Director for Education at Norfolk County Council. Over 100 governors attended.
Notes from the conference and answers to some questions from delegates will be available here soon.