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Third in our series of profiles of some of our lovely subject matter experts.  Derek Balaam is Governor Support Manager for Brent Council and has been incredibly supportive of Modern Governor since the very start. Derek, tell us about your experience and qualifications "I am a qualified...

"Only a tiny number of school governors get round to doing the necessary training. Modern Governor is the obvious solution as it’s convenient, quick and online. It’s a 21st century solution for an age old problem – being long...

"(I like) that it is an online course enabling me to study at a time to suit me – my work makes it difficult to find time during traditional 9-5 working hours to fit non work- related courses into my week...

Here's the third part of our series of guidance for school governors about online communications.  It's been written by our resident Community EvangelistDave Briggs as guidance for governance organisations. In part one we talked about the opportunities. In part two we talked about the risks and guiding principles. In part...

Here's part two in our sneaky peek at the guidance we're working on about online communications and school governance.  Read part one - Opportunities -here. Part Two: Risks and Guiding Principles As well as an incredible opportunity, digital participation is not without risk. Some of the risks...

Second in our series of subject matter expert profiles is Sue Noakes.  Sue is the Assistant Director of Education for Chester Diocese and recently shared with us her considerable expertise and knowledge for our latest e-learning module "Governance of a Church School". Sue, tell us about...

Our resident Community Evangelist Dave Briggs has been doing some thinking and writing recently about school governors and online communications.  It's in advance of some guidance we are producing for governance organisations - but as ever, I couldn't wait to give you a sneaky peek. So here's...

We're currently finalising our content development roadmap for the next 12 months.  This is a fancy way of saying we're deciding what e-learning modules to develop next for inclusion in the Modern Governor catalogue. It's never "final" though - priorities change, needs are somewhat fluid and...

I'm hosting a free webinar for school governors in March. I'll be explaining how Modern Governor works, how it can be used to complement any face to face training received and how it can make learning more accessible for busy school governors. It's happening on Tuesday 15th...

Lot of exciting stuff planned for the next few weeks - here's a quick summary of where I'm going to be talking about Modern Governor.  If you're there too - be sure to say hi! On 9th February I'll be at the Staffordshire Governors Association Annual...

Yesterday Learning Pool launched My Learning Pool. My Learning Pool is a suite of online learning resources which can be bought and used by anybody. Whether you are someone who is about to have a change in career, or a volunteer with a local community group, or the person in...

At our recent Modern Governor webinar we were delighted to have Wendy Kay as one of our panellists. Wendy Kay is the Learning Consultant who looks after the London Boroughs with a Learning Pool subscription.  In this extract from our webinar, Wendy talks about how a...

We're delighted to announce the release of another new Modern Governor e-learning module.  Modern Governor is a suite of e-learning modules designed especially for School Governorswhich covers a range of important governance topics.  Because the modules are accessed online, they enable busy School Governors to access...

Well, what a way to kick-start 2011! We had a fabulous online webinar this morning - thanks to all the busy Co-ordinators of Governor Services who joined us.  Here are the slides used today - the webinar recording will be available soon. David Marriott - Issues...

Online debate about the use of biometrics in schools is increasing - both for and against.  I was surprised to see that schools do not have a legal duty to consult parents (although they are advised to). The official ICO guidelines are here; the most recent...

Happy New Year and welcome to 2011!   We're kicking off 2011 with a new series of profiles of the people who help us to develop our e-learning modules for school governors. Every Modern Governor e-learning module is developed with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).  The SMEs  we work with...

Elaine and the rest of the Modern Governor team wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful and joyous New Year. Looking forward to meeting/chatting with you in 2011 - have you registered yet for one of our online events? Thursday 13th January - Online Modern...

It's freezing outside, too icy to venture out, and there's nothing on the television (again). The perfect opportunity to take a look at our new podcast player!  See Donald Clark, Ruth Agnew (Cheshire East) and Derek Balaam (Brent) talk about Modern Governor and the benefits of e-learning...

Modern Governor is the UK's favourite governor training service with over 16,000 governors online. Since its launch we've continually worked with governance experts throughout the country to improve Modern Governor and deliver it to the people who need it to improve how they govern our...

Paperwork - don't you just love it? We've got around 20000 School Governors using our Modern Governor e-learning, and their feedback is crucial to us.  It helps us to identify any problems, make Modern Governor better, and plan our future content based on what Governors want...

We'd planned to hold our breakfast briefing for Co-ordinators of Governor Services in York this Thursday, 9th December. Because of the extreme weather conditions, we've decided to make this event an online event instead.   You'll be able to use your computer and/or telephone to participate in our...

I came across something quite wonderful recently - www.screenr.com - and am now using it to create simple tutorials. Have a look at the following - let me know what you think, and send me your suggestions for future tutorials about Modern Governor e-learning and how...

Lots going on here at Modern Governor towers over the next few weeks - here's a quick round-up to make sure you're keeping up! Modern Governor Breakfast Briefing, Thursday 9th December 2010, York Well, I suppose you could call it a Brunch Briefing!  Hear about how Modern...

Are you a Co-ordinator of Governor Services? Need to make savings on your School Governor training programme? Want to know more about Modern Governor? We're delighted to announce the following events - save the dates in your diary now! Date: 24th November 2010 Time: 11am-12pm Where: Online webinar What: An Introduction to...

Angie Lund is a UK School Governor - despite recently moving to New Zealand!  Learning Pool first met Angie in her role as a Learning & Development Officer for Wokingham Borough Council.  When we heard she was relocating to New Zealand, not only were we...

We'll soon be launching our latest piece of Modern Governor content - the "Governing Body Health-check Questionnaire" It's slightly different to all our other e-learning; it's a simple online questionnaire, asking key questions about the following areas: Teamwork How effective is the work of the Governing Body? School Finance (example...

Learning Pool is the UK's largest online community dedicated exclusively to the public sector and Modern Governor is one of a range of dedicated e-learning programmes. Community is the heart of Learning Pool: "Whether it’s sharing their content with other subscribers or providing feedback for the next...

Well, Wednesday was quite a day, wasn't it? It felt like the nation was holding a collective breath until George Osborne rose from his seat to deliver the much-anticipated Spending Review.  Poking through the opinions since then, it seems that no-one knows exactly how the Spending Review will...

Last Thursday we were fortunate enough to attend the annual conference of NCOGS (National Co-ordinators of Governor Services).  The theme for 2010 was "Strengthening Governance". Obviously there are challenges ahead for everybody as budgets tighten and ways of working change, but what struck me was that...

We're on tour again!  This Thursday 14th October we'll be attending the NCOGS Annual Conference 2010 which is being held in Birmingham.  The theme this year is "Strengthening Governance".  There are few things we enjoy more than meeting our friends in Governor Services, talking about...

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to attend the Guardian’s “Public Sector Online” conference, despite the tube strike!  Learning Pool’s Community Evangelist Dave Briggs was speaking on the closing panel, topic “Innovation in Social Media”. I tweeted an awful lot yesterday, whenever I heard something interesting –...

Happy Friday everybody! We've now uploaded some of the slides we used at Tuesday's Modern Governor breakfast briefing.  To view, please click on the 'play' buttons.  To download, please click on the titles.  If you would like to receive a copy via email, please contact elaine@moderngovernor.com Dave's...

Thanks to everyone who attended #GovernorBB - the Modern Governor breakfast briefing - which we held yesterday in the Council House, Birmingham. There was such a positive vibe around the room during the sessions - everyone was very keen to find out how Modern Governor could...

Continuing the countdown to the Modern Governor breakfast briefing on 21st September, we're profiling one of our guest speakers, Ruth Agnew. Ruth began subscribing to Modern Governor when she was Governor Services Manager at Cheshire County Council.  During the re-organisation, when Cheshire County became Cheshire...