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We're really excited about our next #GovernorLive event.  Our first one in June 2013 was a resounding success, bringing together England's school governors, our inspirational speakers, key governance thought leaders, the DfE, the NGA, SGOSS, the people behind UKGovChat, the 'poolies, Dave Briggs...

Our first #GovernorLive event took place in June 2013.  It was tremendous - almost 200 governors from around the country, coming together to talk about the issues important to them and their schools, hearing from key governance experts and thought leaders.  So many good friends...

I was sad to miss the NGAs conference in Liverpool last weekend.  Throughout the day I picked up on the live happenings via the #NGAConf Tweets thanks to a great group of people who were at the event, but I just knew that I was...

It's the first week back to school and I'm busy compiling a list of top school governance blogs for our next exciting Modern Governor project.  I hope these are useful for both new and experienced governors alike! Here are some of my favourites; share your favourites...

Just in time for you to have a quick refresh before the new term, many of our modules have been updated in line with recent legislative/guidance changes. We are continuously reviewing, refreshing and updating all of our content - governance is a fast-changing landscape at the...

Modern Governor will be unavailable on Saturday 10th August as we are fine-tuning some improvements. This means it will not be possible to login to your e-learning from 8pm on this date. We’re really sorry for any inconvenience and normal service will resume on Sunday 11th August at 10am. If...

[caption id="attachment_4678" align="left" width="300"] Learning Pool’s Mary McKenna with some of the Parliament team[/caption] We’re delighted at Learning Pool to announce that we have been awarded a contract by Parliament to provide online training to staff across both Houses. This provision will be extended to Members...

Last week on 25th June we held the first ever unconference for school governors - #GovernorLive.  More than 150 governors came along, bringing enthusiasm and a dedication to their role that made the sun shine a little brighter. We set up an online feedback form for...

Here's the Storify of all #GovernorLive tweets.   Read what Tweeters had to say about the day, about our speakers (including DfE and NGA). If you can't see it below, you can also view it at http://bit.ly/13cvTdO (you don't have to be a Tweeter to view it!). [<a href="//storify.com/elainewalton/modern-governor-s-governorlive" target="_blank">View...

We had an awesome #GovernorLive event yesterday (25.06).  It was the first unconference for school governors in the world and it felt, as one of the delegates said, "like the start of something big". We had some tremendous speakers.  Chris Caroe, Head of School Governance...

We're very excited about #GovernorLive, our first free event for school governors, happening on 25th June 2013 in Birmingham.  If you haven't booked already (and if not, why not?!) you can book your place here - but hurry! Here are the fab speakers we've got lined...

We're thrilled that Professor Chris James will be speaking at our free school governor event, #GovernorLive, on 25th June in Birmingham. Chris James is the Professor of Educational Leadership and Management in the Department of Education at the University of Bath. He researches the leadership and...

From the DfE website  Read full DfE press release here The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) is a new government agency created to enable and support the development of a self-improving, school-led system. The agency was formed from the merger, on 2 April 2013,...

This is one of the questions we get asked frequently, and we have put together some information we hope you will find helpful. Changes in legislation last year meant that schools no longer have to publish a school profile and prospectus. However, as of September 2012...

We are pleased to announce we have updated our module on Safeguarding and Promoting Child Welfare. This module is a basic introduction to your responsibility as a Governor in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. This is a companion module to Safeguarding and Child Protection for...

Following on from the recent announcement from the DfE about increasing the number of teaching schools, we were intrigued at Modern Governor to find out a bit more about them. (see press release information here) “Teaching schools will be examples of the best schools in the...

We had an incredible response to our recent Modern Governor survey prize draw with over 1400 responses.  Thanks to everyone who entered by giving us your opinions on our future events The lucky winner is revealed With all the entries in and verified, it's now time to announce...

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...

Last year we at Modern Governor helped the Department for Education to run and publicise their Governors’ Survey into effective financial management and procurement.  This proved tremendously popular and helped to inform the DfE of Governors’ opinions and attitudes towards school finance management. In the Budget...

The Education Innovation Conference and Exhibition (EICE) is a brand new, national event designed to help education professionals use technology more effectively to improve teaching and learning. Improve your knowledge, upgrade your skills, enhance your performance and stay one step ahead of your students, whilst...

Think Global is a membership charity that works to educate and engage people about global issues. We work with schools, businesses and NGO’s to help people learn how they can play a part in creating a more just and sustainable world. Our members share our...

SGOSS is pleased to announce it has appointed a new CEO, Liz McSheehy, to take over from Steve Acklam, who retired after working with SGOSS since 1999. Liz is an experienced CEO and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience from roles in...

The Academies Commission has recently released its report ‘Unleashing Greatness: Getting the best from an academised system’. Mainstream media, so far, seems to have focused on the section about admissions. Here are some other snippets for you - and you can download the full report here (PDF): Risk: The governors of...

January is always a good time to take stock and see if the dreams and goals set for last year actually came to fruition. As a result, myself and Mary have put together a list of what we think the best things about 2012 have been...

The technical team at Learning Pool have been busily working away on lots of exciting new functionality following the release of new Moodle 2 functionality earlier this year.  We’ve successfully rolled this out to Learning Pool customers, and now it’s Modern Governor’s turn for DLE...

There are waves of awful stories in the media about mobile phones in schools.  Tales of cyber-bullying, "sexting" and physical violence being used to steal mobile phones paints a worrying picture of life today for kids in school. But what about the positive side of pupils...

Today's blog comes from Steve Acklam, Chief Executive of the School Governors’ One-Stop Shop. One FREE service that is NOT too good to be true! School Governors’ One-Stop Shop (SGOSS) was launched in 1999 to recruit volunteers with transferable skills to be governors in schools in England....

There’s only a few more days left to respond to the DfE’s survey of school governors about school finance and procurement. You can read more about the survey here: http://www.moderngovernor.com/dfe-survey-of-governors-2012/ The survey is open to all governors in any schools in England, and will be available online until...

There's only 2 weeks left to respond to the DfE's survey of school governors about school finance and procurement. You can read more about the survey here: http://www.moderngovernor.com/dfe-survey-of-governors-2012/ The survey is open to all governors in any schools in England, and will be available online until Monday...

We're supporting the DfE in a survey of Governors, and would appreciate your help! Here's how the DfE explains the survey Improving efficiency is a critical challenge for all schools seeking to make the best use of their budgets to support pupil attainment.  But there are...

The cover story for the March bulletin from the NGA is: "Effective Governance: the eight essential ingredients" These eight ingredients are the basis for an effective governing body. They are based on research, practice, and the Ofsted report published last year. How many of these does your...

This week during a meeting of the Education Committee the new Ofsted Head, Sir Michael Wilshaw, stated that he thinks (some) governors should be paid. "I think we need to spend a lot more time on governance arrangements." "When schools do poorly or badly, it's not just the...

The Education Committee met today to ask questions of Michael Gove. Part of the session was given to specific #AskGove tweets submitted. See what Mr Gove had to say: ...

The best and the worst of social media is in the news this week. Got a question for Michael Gove? Tweet #AskGove! On 31st January the Education Committee will be questioning Michael Gove, and the MPs involved want to know what YOU would ask him.  What...