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MAKING USE OF THE LASGB WEBSITE & EMAIL
We plan to develop the LASGB website as a major communication link with member Governing
Bodies and their schools.
Using email will help to cut postage costs dramatically. While continuing to post
information to those Governors who request it in paper form, we aim to develop the
website and the use of email for LASGB communications.
Governors who would like to receive their own mailings from the LASGB are invited
to send their email address to the LASGB via Chris McConnachie
The LASGB will NEVER expect governors to download or print large documents!
THE MAIN BUSINESS OF THE LASGB
To communicate the views of Lancashire Governors to the Local Authority, the National
Governors Association, the Department for Education, The Lancashire Schools Forum
To disseminate information of interest to Governing Bodies from OFSTED, the Local
Authority, the National Governors Association, the Department for Education, Lancashire
Schools Forum, via conferences, regular publications, newsletters the Lancashire
Schools Portal and the LASGB website.
In order to fulfil these important roles the Executive Committee also :
responds to Governors' views and areas of concern raised by member Governing Bodies
either with the elected Representatives for their Area or addressed directly to members
of the Executive Committee
addresses and comments on matters raised at the half-termly Consultation meetings
with the LA
receives and comments on reports from the LA, NGA, DfE, the Lancashire Schools Forum
and other bodies on current issues under consideration
receives reports from representatives of LASGB on Outside Bodies
WHAT DOES MY SCHOOL GET OUT OF THE LASGB?
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The Lancashire Association of School Governing Bodies is an independent Governors’
organisation, run by Governors for Governors. Nearly 500 Governing Bodies subscribe
to the Association. The LASGB speaks on behalf of, and represents, Governors in Lancashire.
Through the LASGB Lancashire Governors have an Observer on the Lancashire Schools’
Forum, and Governors are represented on several groups, committees and working parties.
We will feature this element of the work of the LASGB in future editions of the Newsletter
published in the Lancashire Governor.
The Lancashire Association of School Governing Bodies is run by Lancashire Governors
for Lancashire Governors.
As in previous years LASGB member schools who pay their subscriptions by journal
transfer will see in December the LASGB subscription of £30 for 2014-15.
On Wednesday 16th June 2016 the LASGB held its Summer Mini Conference. At Crofters,
midway bewteen Lancaster and Preston. Gillian Allcroft, Deputy Chief Executive of
the NGA - having travelled up from Birmingham - presented some fascinating information
concerning the White Paper
You and your fellow governors are also invited to attend any of the Mini Conferences
- free to LASGB members. These are arranged each year on suitable topics that
are of concern to schools and governors.
Our last one was on how schools can using the love of reading to produce an ‘Alternative
to Target-based Schools’. Alan Gibbons, well known author and educationalist gave
his views and answered your questions.
During the year LASGB organise and fund Training Sessions.
Governors who have given their email addresses will receive regular email updates
on information about National and Local educational issues and events that we have
You will receive the three Newsletters that we publish every year in order to keep
governors informed about initiatives and news from the North West Area of interest
to schools. Latest newsletter is available here.
You could go as a Lancashire representative to Conferences organised by the National
Governors Association, as we, as an Association, are members of the N.G.A.
ALL THIS FOR £30 PER SCHOOL PER YEAR
HOW TO JOIN THE LASGB
We aim to communicate with Governors electronically wherever possible
To become members of the LASGB please email Stephen Booth giving the following information
Name and number of school
Name, address and email address of the Chair of Governors
Name, address and email address of a Governor who will act as LASGB Representative.
(The role of the LASGB Representative is simply to bring information to the attention
of Governors - usually at the termly meeting.
The £30 annual subscription (£10 for Nurseries) is usually paid by Journal Transfer
and is due in December
THE LASGB COMMUNICATES WITH ITS MEMBERS IN A VARIETY OF WAYS
1. Governors’ Meetings: An LASGB item is on the core agenda for all Governing Body
meetings each term and information for this LASGB item is printed in the Yellow (was
2. Website: www.lasgb.org.uk Further information for use at Governing Body meetings
is to be found on the Home page of the website via the Downloads page
3. Your LASGB Representative will receive an information sheet at the beginning of
each term either by email or post (depending on choice) which can be used at the
4. The ‘Lancashire Governor’ - the termly publication sent by Governor Services to
every individual Governor - contains an LASGB insert.
To ensure that information is not sent to the wrong person, please let the LASGB
know, via email to Stephen Boothif possible, when there is
a change of LASGB Governor Representative for your Governing Body.
All the photographs on the site are taken from member schools’ websites.
To see a school’s website go to the Members page and click on the school’s name.
THE LASGB REPRESENTS GOVERNORS ON THE FOLLOWING GROUPS
• The Lancashire Schools Forum
• The Ethnic Minority Achievement Consultative Body
• Lancashire’s Three Admissions Forums
• Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE)
• Learning Excellence Awards Panel
• Safeguarding Children Group
• District Children’s Trust Partnerships • Improving Communication with Schools Group
BTLancashire Services ICT Focus Group
BTLS HR Focus Group
The Partnership Development Group
A RECOGNITION FOR GOVERNORS
HAVE YOU A GOVERNOR WHO IS AN INVALUABLE ASSET TO YOUR SCHOOL?
THE LASGB WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNISE AND REWARD MEMBERS WHO GIVE OUTSTANDING SERVICE
TO THEIR SCHOOLS
Following a suggestion from a bursar of one of our member schools, the LASGB is pleased
to invite Governing Bodies to celebrate the unsung heroes of our schools, those Governors
who go beyond the call of duty, giving additional time and resources to their school
to help steer its success. (See here for guide for nominations).
Please email nominations from your governing body, giving their name and a description
(about 100 - 150 words) of what they do as a governor for your school, to the Certificate
manager of LASGB -Kathleen Cooper.
Please send your nominations as soon as is convenient - BUT the deadline is 31st
Awards will be made throughout the year at LASGB events, though modesty and privacy
will be respected!
AND FINALLY - THE LASGB WOULD LIKE TO RECRUIT NEW MEMBERS TO THE COMMITTEE
The Lancashire Association of Governing Bodies is a body of Governors who represent
all Lancashire Governors in terms of local and national communications. We meet regularly
every term with County Hall and also the National Governors Association. We discuss
current legislation and concerns with these bodies. We are also represented on the
Schools Forum- the group responsible for the negotiation of the disbursement of funds
Lancashire is divided into 3 areas in term of representation on the Executive Committee.
North, South and East.
What skills/attributes do you need to be a member?
You need to be a governor from a member school ( primary schools are under-represented
It would be helpful if you are ICT-competent
You need to be prepared to present facts since you are representing other GBs
You need to have some time to spare- 1 evening per term; one or two Saturday mornings
You need to be prepared to actively contribute of time and skills
We meet at County Hall in Preston, The Tickled Trout off J30 of the M6 once monthly
on Saturday mornings and Preston North End FC for Conferences