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3rd Cheshire East Annual Governors’ Conference

3rd Cheshire East Annual Governors’ Conference

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outstandingLast Friday I was lucky enough to be invited along to the 3rd annual Cheshire East Governors’ Conference.

Choreographed by Ruth Agnew and Andy Kent, it was a really enjoyable day.  There was a huge turnout of over 160 governors, and – without exception – every single one of them were positive about a) being a Governor in Cheshire East and b) their commitment to the children at their school.

(I’m also delighted to report that during the “audience participation” bit of my talk, everybody liked Modern Governor, too!)

Councillor Hilda Gaddum, Portfolio Holder for Children and Families, gave the welcome and was followed throughout the day by:

Liz Cross (of the Connectives) – “Effective Governance in 21st Century Schools”

Gill Jones HMI – the New Ofsted Framework 2012

Fergal Roche – An Introduction to Ten Governor Support

and, erm, me! Talking about all the recent updates we’ve made to our modules and the new releases due over the next few months.  I’ll cover this in the next blog.

My highlight of the day was listening to Liz Cross, who always engages the audience.  I liked her point about how governors can make a real difference in communities that need healing (and so did many twitterers, favouriting and RT’ing it all day!).

All the slides from the day will be available very soon on the Cheshire East Governance webpages.

You can also follow Cheshire East Governors on Twitter – they’re at @CECGovernors


(ps – the venue was the stunning Tatton Park, and – armed with my iPhone – I couldn’t resist taking photos of the view behind the curtains….)

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