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The National Governors' Association is the only independent representative body for schools governors from all state funded schools (LA maintained schools and academies) in England. It supports local governor associations and governing bodies, lobbies ministers and policy makers on all policies that impact schools and...

  The Department of Education have released a revised version of the statutory policies for schools. The document makes clear how often each policy must be reviewed and also shows the level of approval required, where this is prescribed in regulations. This is taken from the DfE...

  From the DfE website Read full press release from DfE here  The National College for Teaching and Leadership has confirmed the latest wave of teaching schools to be officially designated – recognising the significant role the successful schools will play in staff development and school improvement. The latest...

  News from DfE website Schools spend a large amount of public money every year, and how they spend it matters. As part of the Budget Statement 2013, the Government announced that it would conduct a review of school efficiency. For the purposes of this review, efficiency is...

The Education Committee is conducting an inquiry into School Sports following London 2012. The Committee is very keen for teachers to provide their views on school sports following the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics to help the Committee gather information on this important topic. The areas they...

        The new DfE timeline for school leaders and Governors for the Summer term 2013 is now available.     This timeline sets out important and useful information to help you plan ahead, prepare for and implement changes that will take place during this academic year and beyond. There are...

We’re planning a free meeting of governors from across the country to give you a chance to network, talk about experiences and share ideas. As an experienced governor we would love your thoughts on this. We want to do even more for governors and that’s why...

Your April newsletter should have popped into your inbox this week, with lots of Modern Governor news and links to our modules and our Twitter and Facebook pages. If you don't receive our newsletter and would like to subscribe then please pop along to our sign...

Modern Governor, working in partnership with the NGA, is pleased to announce the release of our second academy module, Academy Governance.   This module looks at the role and responsibilities of the Trust Body and Governing Body. It is divided into three sections looking at the constitution of...

March is a busy time for us here at Modern Governor as we try to visit as many of your local conferences as we can. We love meeting you all face to face and hearing your news and views, and ideas for how we can...

Every governor potentially has access to the internet at home or at school. The wider education world is already online and on social media. Tweeters posed questions to Michael Gove, the education secretary, last year using #AskGove. For every negative social media news item there’s a...

Revised guidance published yesterday by the Government clarifies the responsibilities of professionals towards safeguarding children, and strengthens the focus away from processes and onto the needs of the child. In response to recommendations from Professor Eileen Munro’s report, A child-centred system, the revised Working together to safeguard children...

Here at Modern Governor we have been watching with interest the debate going on around paying school governors following Sir Michael Wilshaw’s recent comments In an article in today’s Guardian, Lord Bichard argues It is more critical that governors understand their roles and the practical ways...

Your latest newsletter should have popped into your inbox this week, with lots of Modern Governor news and links to our modules and our Twitter and Facebook pages. If you don't receive our newsletter and would like to subscribe then please pop along to our sign...

This interesting article appeared in the Guardian earlier this week by Nansi Ellis, head of education, policy and research at the ATL. The article advocates the introduction of area education boards. The idea behind such boards is that they would would offer a strategic overview and vision for teaching...

A new firm but fair primary school floor standard will drive up standards and help ensure children are ready for secondary school, Schools Minister David Laws announced yesterday. As well as requiring schools to get a higher proportion of pupils to clear the existing bar, the...

Modern Governor was invited to attend the Knowsley Council School Governors'Conference last Friday and joined around 50 local governors in The Huyton Suite to hear from a range of speakers on the theme of Ensuring Quality. Steve Barker, National Leader of Governance started the day off...

The cover story for this month’s bulletin board is the release of the Ofsted School Data Dashboard On Wednesday 27 February 2013, Sir Michael Wilshaw, HMCI Ofsted, launched a new School Data Dashboard designed to support governors to hold their schools to account. The dashboard will provide a snapshot...

Statement reads>>   Today I am announcing details of the capital funding of around £4billion that will be made available to create new school places and to carry out maintenance and repair work to existing school buildings. The number of pupils in England is rising and is...

SGOSS - Governors for schools have recently launched a new campaign* aimed at recruiting more school governors called  We're the people (read more in our recent blog post)  and the campaign has attracted some media attention and been linked to from a variety of sites including the...

[caption id="attachment_3386" align="aligncenter" width="300"] One of last years conferences[/caption] The days are getting longer and the mornings lighter and out in Governorland it is conference season. Over the next couple of months Modern Governor will be out on the road visiting as many of the Governor and...

[caption id="attachment_3929" align="alignleft" width="225"] Learning Pool's Mary McKenna and Paper Bag's Gary Gallagher[/caption] Modern Governor is part of Learning Pool, the fast growing e-learning company based in Derry, which has just announced the acquisition of Paper Bag, the mobile apps development agency with offices in Belfast...

Ofsted have confirmed the line-up of Regional Directors who will be responsible for helping to drive up standards in childcare, schools, and learning and skills providers in England. This is from the Ofsted website… Among the new appointees who will be joining the inspectorate in the coming...

We have recently revised our module   My Role As A Governor This e-learning module will take you through the history of school Governing Bodies and how they are organised today. It is an introduction to your role and responsibilities as a Governor, and looks at meetings and...

On 7 February 2013 the Secretary of State for Education announced a public consultation on the draft National Curriculum which will run until 16 April 2013. The consultation also asks for views on proposals to dis-apply aspects of the current National Curriculum from September 2013, so as...

Your latest newsletter should have popped into your inbox this week, with lots of Modern Governor news and links to our modules and our Twitter and Facebook pages. If you don't receive our newsletter and would like to subscribe then please pop along to our sign...

Education charity ‘SGOSS – Governors for Schools’ has launched a new campaign  Becoming the people  which highlights the personal benefits of volunteering, in a quest to help fill 30,000 school governor vacancies across England. As part of the campaign they have also launched a new short film...

Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world. Safer Internet Day 2013, (Tuesday 5 February 2013) is the tenth edition...

The cover story for this month’s bulletin board is How well are  secondary schools doing? Last week, the Department for Education (DfE) published the latest performance tables for secondary schools. The data show that at key stage 4, 59.4% of pupils in both maintained and independent schools...

It has been an eventful year in Modern Governorland. We have welcomed Carol to the MG team, waved goodbye and hello again to Elaine and of course said a huge hello to baby Walton. The decorations are up, the presents are wrapped and crackers are at...

Guest Blog from Andrew Wilkins of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)         In 2010 the coalition government issued new legislation making it possible for all good and outstanding schools (including, for the first time, primary schools) to exit local authority management and acquire academy status. Academies...

In the biggest change to further education in decades Matthew Hancock, Skills Minister has confirmed that further education colleges will be able to compete with schools for students aged between 14 and 16 from next September. A report published last year said that “colleges will...

What’s coming up in 2013 for schools and Governing Bodies? The following dates are an outline of the calendar for 2013, but if you have additional suggestions, please email me at info.clerktogovernors@gmail.com or leave a comment. Check back to see updates. *See DfE's timeline of key dates. ** Check on all live DfE consultations here. January 2013 Consultation on...

Your latest newsletter should have popped into your inbox this week, with lots of Modern Governor news and links to new modules and our Twitter and Facebook pages. If you don't receive our newsletter and would like to subscribe then please pop along to our sign...

Plans to allow Ofsted to share the names and addresses of children’s homes with the police and other bodies have been launched. Children’s minister Edward Timpson published consultation proposals to allow Ofsted to share the names and addresses of children’s homes on their register with the...