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Big Society

NLG Martin Matthews shares his thoughts on the future of multi-academy trusts - how a MATs might be established, run and made accountable in the future....

Parents 'failing to give children breakfast’ This news item on the BBC website caught my attention this morning, ironically as I was having my breakfast. Parents without the "time or inclination" to make breakfast for their children are blamed for more pupils going to school hungry....

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....

The decorations are up, the presents are wrapped and even my dogs have their festive hats at the ready.  Nativity plays have been watched, cards have been posted and there's just that "big shop" left to do! All that's left is to say "thank you"...

Volunteer Centre Wiltshire contacted me recently about a survey they're conducting in conjunction with Wiltshire County Council. The aim is to gather information about who volunteers in Wiltshire, what they do and why.   The information they receive will help them to improve the service and...

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 –...

The wave of stories, Tweets and publicity about David Cameron’s speech about “Big Society” made me stop and think – aren’t School Governors already “doing” Big Society? Setting aside the political arguments for and against...