CGA Meeting on Thursday 4th April 2019

The next open meeting will be held at Savile Park at Heath (Free School Lane, Halifax  HX1 2PS) from 630 pm to 9pm on Thursday 4th April 2019. Agenda items cover:

  • New OFSTED Framework Consultation.
  • What do we need to know about our schools ethos and curriculum?
  • How does what we know about our childrens’ eHNa influence us as a governor?
  • What difficult decisions will we be faced with in setting a balanced budget?
  • How can we best take care of our staff?
  • Calderdale Governor traded service.

Hopefully there will also be an opportunity to discuss other items of concern/interest to Governors.

Please let Debby Simpson know if you wish to attend.

This is a FREE event for all governors/trustees of ALL Calderdale schools 

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Next open meeting on Tuesday 18th September 2018 – all welcome

The next open meeting will be held at Savile Park at Heath from 630 pm to 9pm on Tuesday 18th September 2018. Agenda items cover:

  • Update on LA – school relationships
  • Feedback from various panels and Smal Schools Conference
  • What issues are likley to top of governors’ agendas during 2018/19
  • New LA governor training package
  • opportunity to discuss other topics of concern / interest

No need to book – just turn up. See the flyer here

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School Finances – next meeting on Thursday 23rd November

Calderdale Governors’ Association invite you to a presentation & discussion on:  School Finances – 2-3 year forecast and consequences for all schools

There will also be an opportunity to meet other Governors and share experiences.

Thursday 23rd November 2017 from 6-30 pm – 8.30 pm

To be held at: Savile Park @ Heath, Free School Lane, Halifax HX1 2PT

Please let us know you are coming by emailing

The evening will start with a presentation by Mark Woolley, Service Manager- Business support, Calderdale Adult & Children’s Services, covering the discussions/consultations/presentations that School Forum are currently engaged in around schools/ L.A. finances.

Followed by questions and discussion around outcomes and areas of concern for governors.

There will be some time towards the end for other issues to be raised and discussed which may inform future CGA meetings.

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Free Fisher Family Trust Overview Webinars

Support for governors in provided by FFT Education

School governors (or senior leaders thinking of sharing the Governor Dashboards with their governing body) are invited to view the FFT Governor Dashboards and discover how FFT Aspire supports them in their role by joining a free webinar provided by FFT (Fischer Family Trust).

The FFT Aspire Overview Webinar for School Governors lasts just twenty five minutes and will take place on the following:

Monday 26 June, 11am

Monday 26 June, 4pm

Tuesday 18 July, 11am

Tuesday 18 July, 4pm

The FFT Governor Dashboard, developed in partnership with the National Governors’ Association and the Wellcome Trust, is available through FFT Aspire, FFT’s reporting and data tool for schools, local authorities and academy trusts.

Through a simple dashboard, governors can see how their school attainment and pupil progress compares to the national average, how it performs in different subjects, and whether any specific groups of pupils are under-performing, making it ideal for planning inspections.

KS1 and KS2 Governor dashboards are available, with the latest DfE accountability changes, including FFT’s unique comparative analysis of the new and old measures.  KS4 and KS5 Governor Dashboards are available showing the latest Attainment 8, Progress 8 and English Baccalaureate measures.

To book a place on the webinar please visit and choose the online training option.

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CGA Conference June 2017 slides available here





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General Election candidate statements about Education

The CGA does not take a position about the General Election 2017.

We are, however,  happy to post the attached statements from candidates for the Halifax and Calder Valley constituencies. This information has been provided by Calderdale NUT.


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CGA Conference on Saturday 10th June – booking now open

The Calderdale Governors’ Association invites all governors / trustees to the 2017 summer Governor Conference and AGM

“School Improvement though collaboration. What are the options?”

The conference will explore options for school improvement including MATs, Federation, Calderdale “Schools Company” and Cluster working

Saturday, 10th June 2017 from 9.00 am – 1-00 pm (refreshments, including breakfast, available from 8.30 am) at The Shay Stadium, Shaw Hill, Halifax HX1 2YS

Speakers include:

Gillian Allcroft, Deputy Chief Executive, National Governance Association

Janet Gabanski, Senior School Effectiveness Officer, Calderdale Council

Mick Kay, Headteacher, Halifax Academy

Shameem Hussain, Headteacher, Beech Hill Academy

Please see the flyer for more information. The cost is £20 per attendee, which will be invoiced to your school.

To book, please email your name, school and any special dietary or access requirements to

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