National Conference Report 2016 - Self-Evaluation: Developing Excellence

School Governors from across Wales attended an excellent conference on Self-Evaluation: Developing Excellence on Thursday 10th March 2016 at Cardiff City Stadium. A range of inspiring speakers including the Minister for Education and Skills, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector and the Children’s Commissioner for Wales provided updates on Education initiatives and explored the benefits of governing body self-evaluation.

In addition, the Director of Education and Lifelong Learning for Cardiff also addressed the conference and presentations were delivered by the Education Workforce Council and FFT.

Pupils of Rumney Primary School in Cardiff also delivered an excellent slot about the work they have been doing in conjunction with The Royal Shakespeare Company – a great reminder of why we are governors!

During the day, a consultation exercise also took place on the draft National Self-Evaluation Template for Governing Bodies.

Please click on the links below to access presentations from the day:

Huw Lewis AM, Minister for Education and Skills, Welsh Government

Huw Lewis – Question and Answer session

Meilyr Rowlands, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Estyn

Nick Batchelar, Director of Education and Lifelong Learning, Cardiff Local Authority (no presentation)
Nick Batchelar talked to governors about the ‘accountability’ role and provided an update on the work of governing bodies within the Local Authority. He explained that governing bodies had been encouraged to take ownership of their decision making. Nick also emphasised the importance of links with the local community and the need for support and empowerment of governing bodies.

Professor Sally Holland, Children’s Commissioner for Wales

Hayden Llewellyn, Chief Executive, EWC

Paul Charman

Conference Evaluation – Examples of comments:

  • Thought provoking;
  • Better understanding of the role. More ideas to challenge leaders as well as support;
  • Will have a considerable impact, all very relevant subjects;
  • Very well presented and organised event – a real professional feel overall. Thank you;
  • Excellent conference, thank you;
  • Given me lots of food for thought, suggestions and ideas to take back;
  • Involving children in the conference was a master stroke – makes us remember why we are a governor;
  • A valuable and very worthwhile conference;
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the event, all speakers were extremely interesting;
  • It was the most informative conference I have been to;
  • Many thanks for an excellent conference – inspiring.

Published: 15/03/2016