Lead Governor Support Officer for Merthyr Tydfil
Unit 5, Triangle Business Park,
Merthyr Tydfil, NP18 2YE
Tel: 01685 724665
In March 2015 the Local Authority consulted with governors regarding the potential relaunch of the Association, which led to the Association holding an AGM in November 2015 where the new officers were elected and a new Constitution was agreed.
The objectives of the Association are to: -
a) Promote best practice in governance in all schools within Merthyr Tydfil;
b) Promote partnerships amongst schools in the County Borough;
c) Represent school governors’ views on issues relating to school governance and the management and resourcing of schools to relevant authorities and organisations.
Members of the Association are selected to sit on the Merthyr Tydfil admissions forum, school budget forum, the Learning and Local Authority Education Services for Children and Young People scrutiny committee and the Central South Consortium steering group.
Since the relaunch of the Association, the focus of the keynote presentations at the termly meetings have been the provision of practical guidance on the current practices governing bodies should be embedding in their work to meet their statutory responsibilities. These have included:
The role of the Central South Consortium and the Challenge Advisors in supporting schools in the borough, whilst meeting the demand of Welsh Government to drive improvement was the latest presentation in the recent AGM.
The Association took a very active role in providing feedback on the consultation on the Reform School Governance Regulatory Framework. At the special meeting held to look at the proposed reforms a lively discussion ensued between the association members and a representative from Welsh Government. The major emphasis on the recruitment of ‘skilled professional’ people as opposed to well-motivated, committed, ‘willing to learn’ individuals was questioned, as well as the availability of the recommended skilled people.
There is an excellent working partnership between the Local Authority and the Association. The secretary of the Association is the Lead Governor Support Officer of the authority, which is a great help and asset. Also, the officers of the Authority’s Education department are very supportive and willing to attend meetings, providing expertise and information as required.
The Merthyr Tydfil School Governors Association closed Facebook group has proven to be extremely useful for sharing information and obtaining comments from members in a timely way.