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Professor John Howson explores some issues raised by the DfE's brief consultation period on the schools' national funding formula, aka "fairer funding"....

With the recruitment process for the next head of Ofsted rumoured to be looking to the US, Dr Jacqueline Baxter asks what the role of the inspectorate is....

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....

The Secret NLG ponders the recent decision of a large Multi-Academy Trust to replace its Local Governing Bodies (LGBs) with "ambassadorial advisory bodies"....

What will the removal of Michael Gove as Secretary of State for Education mean for school Governing Bodies in England?...

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...

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,...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...