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We identify here a number of web-links to sites which may be useful for governing bodies or for their members. The list is not exhaustive and we would welcome readers making suggestions as to other links to be included – thus the list is likely to keep growing.

We have not provided addresses or telephone numbers since these already exist at the sites themselves and their reproduction here would therefore be superfluous.

For most governors in Dudley schools, the Local Authority website, which is at www.dudley.gov.uk will be an early site to visit in order to keep up to speed with some of the local consultations and information about the local educational scene (as well as providing information about other aspects of the Council’s activities. At the National level, www.dcsf.gov.uk will lead to the Department of Children, Schools and Families, which replaced the DfES in the Summer of 2007.

At National level also is the National Governors Association, www.nga.org.uk, to which DAGB is affiliated; parts of this site are restricted but there are still many useful components. Governors who have need of specific advice may also wish to make use of Governorline, www.governorline.co.uk , a free advisory service.

For some, especially in the Secondary sector, GCSE (and other) Examination Boards may supply some sources of valuable information; www.aqa.org.uk (AQA), www.ocr.org.uk (OCR) and www.edexcel.org.uk (Edexcel) deal substantially with the English examination system. However www.wjec.co.uk (WJEC) and www.ccea.org.uk (CCEA) which deal with the Welsh and the Northern Ireland examination syllabi and assessment, both provide some useful insights. Two other Boards, which are used by some schools, www.city-and-guilds.co.uk (City and Guilds) and www.rsa.org.uk (RSA) are regularly used within the Further Education sector but may also include some usable references.

Sites which deal with quality assurance in education include, of course, www.ofsted.gov.uk (the Ofsted website) and www.qca.org.uk (QCA, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority).

Funding for post-16 education is the province of the LSC (the Learning and Skills Council) at www.lsc.gov.uk .

The Training and Development Agency for Schools, the TDA, has its website at www.tda.gov.uk, whilst recruitment and employment of teachers is handled in part by Capita, at www.capitaresourcing.co.uk. School leadership comes under the wing of the National College for School Leadership, NCSL, at www.ncsl.org.uk.

For those with an involvement in Nursery (and equivalent) education, the Surestart site at www.surestart.gov.uk is invaluable

Human Rights issues may be addressed via www.un.org/rights/ and Unicef is to be found at www.unicef.org.uk .

Other useful sites include:-
and www.nspcc.org.uk