Record keeping in schools: If it’s personal how long should you keep it?

How long should a school store the personal information of its former students? David Griffiths (Managing Director – CompliSpace) Although this is a simple question, a simple answer is not generated. In an era where data is vast, yet can be stored indefinitely, the reach of future inquirers must be considered in formulating a policy […]

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Top policy management blunders in schools – do you recognise any of these?

In the second article of a four-part series exploring the issues relating to policy management within schools we look at some of the most common policy management blunders. While the benefits of effective policy management are clear (refer to Part One of this series), this article illustrates that the path to effective policy management may be a […]

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What are your school’s top risks for 2014?

Workplace Health and Safety compliance has been identified as the key risk for schools for 2014, according to a recent survey of school administrators at a workshop in Perth. The top 10 risks identified in the impromptu survey held at CompliSpace’s Non-Government School Governance Risk and Compliance Workshop were: 1. Workplace Safety 68% of respondents identified Workplace, Health […]

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If your school is not practicing Enterprise Risk Management, it should be

Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) has shot into prominence in recent years and judging by the results of the recent Nexia Australia risk survey, it is now considered an essential element in the governance framework of non-government schools across Australia. As such, understanding core ERM principles is also becoming an essential skill set for school governors, […]

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Independent schools embrace risk management: Survey

More than two-thirds of independent schools have a dedicated senior staff member responsibile for enterprise risk management (ERM), according to a recent survey of more than 100 bursars from across Australia and New Zealand. The survey, conducted at the recent Association of School Business Administrators (ASBA) Biennial Conference by the accounting and advisory firm Nexia […]

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Welcome to School Governance

What originally started off as a blog, has evolved into a website and weekly newsletter dedicated to providing unbiased news, informed analysis and general information on governance, risk and compliance (GRC) issues affecting schools in Australia and New Zealand. Anyone who is involved in the management of schools understands only too well the ever increasing demands being imposed […]

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Is poor policy management a major risk within your school?

James Field, Managing Director, CompliSpace Why is policy management critical to organisational success within a school? In very simple terms, policies set out guiding principles as to how management expect a school to operate, whilst procedures set out the detail of actions that should be taken to achieve policies. Sometimes policies and procedures are all […]

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