When OFSTED (Mike Cladingbowl) and Andrew Old came to my governors meeting

To put this in context, I had a governors meeting and decided to invite some people to talk to my governing body around a theme. I asked a few people and if I was being honest I didn’t hold out much hope. Why on earth would anybody give up the time?
What happened genuinely surprised me, some – understandably said no due to prior engagements etc but some said yes.
David Didau (Who ultimately couldn’t make it because he was travelling)
And
Dr Sandra Leaton Gray who couldn’t make it as she was teaching.
But Mike Cladingbowl and Andrew Old said yes. Both generously gave over an hour and a half of their time and both were passionate advocates of a profession which I hold very dear.
There were some key messages from Mike which started with the question for Governors “What sort of school do we want?” – in terms of checking whether this was so, he asked us to consider it from a child perspective and to ask the question “Is there a child who isn’t doing as well as they could be?” and what can we, as a school, do to change that outcome?
Mike comes across as a passionate educator who happens to be an inspector.
Andrew discussed fluency of knowledge – he illustrated this point by giving the example of asking children to take a 6 pint jug and share it equally amongst 3 glasses, he made the point that children find this easier than if the question was presented as a decimal and questioned why?
So, would I recommend inviting external speakers into a governors meeting? Yes!
Would I use Skype again? Yes.
We were able to have a highly personalised presentation by two thought provoking presenters – it shows how far we have come when geography is no longer a barrier and people with national influence are prepared to give of their time freely to speak a school Governing Body.

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