We look forward to welcoming you to our 2020 conference and AGM, we have brought together key messages to help guide us through this tumultuous time. Dr Louise Smith, Norfolk’s Director of Public Health and Chris Butwright, Assistant Director of Prevention and Policy in Public Health will speak of the impact of Covid-19 and local outbreaks on our schools and communities. A key point to look out for is the importance of the risk assessments we know so well and the protective measures we have in place . Of course, there are other health concerns outside of Covid and these will be explored too, particularly the impact on children and their wellbeing.
Governance over the next few months will be of vital importance to those in our schools. As we enter 2021, external scrutiny is expected to return with Ofsted resuming their Inspections. Paul Brooker, Ofsted’s East of England Director joins us to perhaps dispel some myths and share the current situation with inspections and what is likely to happen as we move through and out of recovery. As governors we never shy away from scrutiny or challenge and in our resetting theme, many of us will certainly be pausing, taking a deep breath and getting the work done. This comes back to the fact that if we connect with other governors, we can share good practise, research and find support.
The practicalities of organising a Virtual Conference have been an interesting learning curve, thankfully we have professionals to minimise the glitches and to make sure you all can feel connected to each other, the speakers and can take part in our ever popular breakout sessions, Zoom style. This year we bring you the current challenges and future planning in finance presented by Sarah Shirras, co-chair of EducateNorfolk. We are joined by our national colleagues in NGA to talk about the importance of professional clerking to support robust governance. Have you heard of Digital School Health Profiles? Context is always important in governance, you will have an early look at the work of Public Health to provide some key information to support children in our schools. Earlier this year, before lockdown, Norfolk had a Local Area SEND Inspection by Ofsted and Care Quality Commission, you will hear an update on the Inspection findings and the work being carried out for children and young people with SEND in Norfolk.
Norfolk Governance Network will be with you throughout the conference, you will find us in the breakout sessions and our Chair Anne Gibson will formally welcome you to the conference. We will be running a questions and answer session after all the sessions, so please let us know in chat if there is anything you wish to raise. You are also welcome to join our AGM at the end of the conference. We are all working governors or trustees in Norfolk and we are always on the lookout for more governors and trustees to join the NGN team and help steer our work. Please do consider this and contact us if you would like to know more.
A final word…
If you are new to Zoom and have any worries, feel free to get in touch, most of us have been there and as one of the Vice-Chairs, prior to this year I have probably only been in a couple of online meetings. I have now been in more than I can count.
Resetting Governance for me is a way of rethinking governance, kindness is ever important, particularly in these fragile times. However, Resetting Governance is also about self reflection, accepting help, speaking up and against the odds looking forward once again while holding onto what is important.
Thank you from one governor to many.