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What’s On, 28th February 2023?

For 2023 our aim is to showcase governance, celebrate commitment and enhance recruitment of new governors. A day to raise awareness of the role of school governors and support existing governance through valuable professional development. The key theme this year is how school governance can support children, young people and their families impacted by the cost of living crisis.


8.00 am

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Steve Barker – Head of Governance Services, Strictly Education

The latest news from education, legal and workplace sectors. Steve’s insight and experience in school governance means that this is a vital session for school governors to learn the most current issues that affect schools. Each item is researched and distilled so that school governors take away the most pertinent facts.

This session is brought to you by Better Governor


10.00 am

Recruiting a school governor in 2023: How Governors for Schools can help

Emma Harris, Head of Governor Recruitment, Governors for Schools and David Ardill Head of Trustee Recruitment, Governors for Schools

Do you need new governors’ or trustees’ on your board? Are you finding the process a challenge? Not sure where to start? Join experts Emma Harris and David Ardill from Governors for Schools who will provide solutions to the key challenges facing the sector when it comes to governor and trustee recruitment in 2023.

This session is brought to you by Governors for Schools 


11.00 am

Cost-of-living anxiety: The signs to look out for (and how you can help)

Viv Trask Hall – Head of  Product and Innovation,  Thrive Approach 

In ‘Cost-of-living anxiety: The signs to look out for (and how you can help)’, school governor and Head of Product and Innovation at Thrive, Viv Trask-Hall, introduces you to the scale of the problem, the weight of the crisis on young shoulders, how to spot the signs of cost-of-living anxiety, and the whole-school approach governors are embracing to reduce the influence of community adversity on pupils’ development. 

This session is brought to you by Thrive Approach 


12.00 pm

Child Poverty Action Group Session

Child Poverty Action Group works on behalf of the more than one in four children in the UK growing up in poverty. They work to understand what causes poverty, the impact it has on children’s lives, and how it can be prevented and solved – for good.  

This session is brought to you by Child Poverty Action Group 


1.00 pm

National Governance Association Session

The National Governance Association (NGA) is the membership organisation for governors, trustees and governance professionals of state schools in England. 

Representing the views of governors, trustees and governance professionals at a national level and work closely with, and lobby, UK government and educational bodies, this session will examine the role of governance in supporting learners from different backgrounds during the cost of living crisis.  

This session is brought to you by the National Governance Association  


2.00 pm

Introduction to School Governance

Governors for Schools

A session for those interested to discover how to become a school governor. With the cost of living crisis in the UK, schools need more support than ever before. Do you have what it takes to be a school governor and make a difference?

This session is brought to you by Governors for Schools 


4.00 pm

Social Mobility – Improving the prospects for disadvantaged young people

Lee Elliot Major

The first Chief Executive of the Sutton Trust and former trustee of the Education Endowment Foundation, Lee has become the UK’s leading voice in social mobility as Professor of Social Mobility at the University of Exeter.

As a school governor himself, Lee’s session will see how social mobility can be achieved with the support of school governance.     


7.00 pm

School Governor Round Table

Chaired by Steve Barker

The day will close with a round table discussion with school governors and experts from Strictly Education, Governors for Schools, National Governance Association and Thrive Approach.

The panel will share their highlights of National School Governors’ Awareness Day and key takeaways from each of the day’s online workshops.

This session is brought to you by Strictly Education   


All sessions will take place over Zoom and by registering your place, you will have access to all sessions throughout the day.