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What are the recent changes made to declarations and confirmations?
What are the recent changes made to declarations and confirmations?

We've made the process of declaring interests and board conformations easier to do, monitor and evidence.

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Written by Ellie Cheshire
Updated over a week ago

Governor profile area:

We've moved the declarations and confirmations into one tab. This is to stop governors/trustees missing their confirmations - we hope this will make both functions feel like one job to do

Governor profile area (declarations):

Governors on multiple boards can now choose which boards their interests belong to. This will make downloads much more useful for clerks, providing relevant information only, for upload to school websites

Editing / removing / adding new declarations will now automatically 'un-submit' a confirmation (if changing anything throughout the year, users will be reminded to re-confirm)

We've have added some guidance on what constitutes a relevant interest (look for the more information button) - hopefully this will help governors and trustees know what to declare and what not to

Governor profile area (confirmations):

We've worked to help you evidence up to date understanding of Keeping Children Safe in Education

We have made it clearer that the KCSiE confirmation has been added by us and cannot be moved or deleted - this is to encourage all boards to confirm that the whole document has been read and understood

The confirmation will always be set for the latest version and titled as such. Each year on September 1st we will archive the old version and give you a fresh confirmation. This will save you having to clear old data or add your own KCSiE confirmation

Board area (declarations):

We've added a new area where everyone can view declarations for the whole board (helping conflicts become fully transparent, supporting clerks to check on and follow up on missing data and quickly check for conflicts at the beginning of any meeting) - you can find this in your governing board tab

Just hover over a confirmation button to see how many, when and who confirmed the declaration or click on the drop down arrow for more information (please note - if someone has no declarations of interest the drop down will not work)

MAT boards and governance support services:

Monitoring compliance across your boards is now much easier! Do this from your trust or service Resources area (if you are a trust or a support service and don't have one of these, just shout and we'll set you one up - it's also a great place to communicate with your boards, keep MAT/service wide documents and a calendar of events)

We've added the ability for MAT boards and support services to add bespoke confirmations to all boards in one go - this should save lots of time for governance leads (hooray!)

We've also added a compliance area for declarations here too so that governance leads can monitor declarations across all boards

Instantly see how many of each board have made declarations with the percentage 'wheels' or by hovering over a board.

Click on any board to view all the details!

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