07 May Introducing @UkGovChat Sunday Nights
Recently we were fortunate to meet up with Elaine from Modern Governor and, having dazzled her with our extremely limited edition t-shirts, she kindly invited us to write a guest blog to introduce you to @UkGovChat and #ukgovchat; a new and exciting way for governors to engage using twitter.
As school governors, active on twitter, we saw an opportunity to develop an online community utilising the networking capacity of social media to support, challenge, debate and share good practice. The chat is free to access, created by governors for governors, with no subscription or commercial links. The official chat takes place every Sunday evening between 8.45 and 9.15 with two topics per week. The topics are randomly selected from suggestions made by followers and voted on by them in the preceding week. They have included “What are the qualities of an effective Chair?”, “The role of the Vice Chair” and “How and where to draw the line between strategic and operational matters?” Each week the chat is collated and stored on the archive page of the UkGovChat blog.
Between chats there is plenty of opportunity to engage with other governors to ask for advice, offer support or just discuss current issues. In the short time we have been active we have gathered nearly 900 followers so, whatever your concern or query, there is likely to be someone to hand. We feel that this statement from the blog sums up our aspiration for this project: “By creating this home for governors on twitter we hope that we can come together regardless of location, experience or status to learn, share, challenge and support each other and improve the governance of all of our schools to the benefit of the children and young people we care for and about.”
If you are already on twitter, please do follow us on @UkGovChat where you will find links to suggest topics and vote in the weekly polls as well as the opportunity to host chats and meet like-minded individuals. To join the Sunday night chat all you need to do is tweet including the hashtag #ukgovchat.
If you have yet to dip your toe into the world of twitter we would encourage you to give it a try. It’s very easy to create an account and once you have done so you can follow UGC and join in with the weekly chats. You’ll soon wonder why you didn’t sign up earlier!
We have been delighted with the way that the chat has been received and with how it has enabled and empowered governors in their practice and development. Please do join us for some fast-moving, insightful and mutually beneficial discussion on Sunday evening. We look forward to chatting with you soon.
Jo Penn (@JaPenn56), Naureen Khalid ( @5N_Afzal) & Raj Unsworth (@rrunsworth)