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UPDATE – Free Governor Live event: Governance & the White Paper 

Governor Live - is it now time to pay school governors?

UPDATE – Free Governor Live event: Governance & the White Paper 

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Governor Live logoGovernors, school leaders and anyone with an interest in the strategic direction of schools are all invited to take part in the next Governor Live online event, which will look (see also topic update below) at the potential for and issues around paying school governors and ask if it now time to pay school governors for what is currently a voluntary role. This event is scheduled for 7.30pm on Monday the 21st of March 2016 and will take the form of an online panel discussion – but is intended to be very interactive, with questions from participants and as much opportunity to take part as possible.  This post details the members of the panel, lets you know how to register and gives some pieces of pre-event reading which, if you’re planning on taking part, will give you a grounding in some of the issues around this topic.

Governor Live is open to governors, trustees, prospective governors & trustees, headteachers and other senior leaders – indeed anyone with an interest in the good governance of schools. It’s free to register and take part.


Following the publication of the Education White Paper, we’re broadening the scope of Governor Live to address what Educational Excellence Everywhere means for governance. The same panel detailed below will turn their eyes and minds to the many issues for governance which mandatory universal academisation and beyond brings – including paid governance. It’s still free to register, so bring your questions, comments and listening ears and join your fellow governors on Monday evening.

Our panel

Those on the panel for this event are:

Ruth Agnew

Ruth (@RuthAgnew) is director of RMA Governance, a National Leader of Governance since 2012 and former LA governor services manager,

Nigel Gann

Nigel (@HamdonEducation) is author of Improving School Governance – How better governors make better schools and a consultant to school leaders and governors;

Gerard Kelly

Gerard (@GerardKelly33) is a former editor of the TES, co-author of  Building Better Boards and director of Gerard Kelly & Partners;

Andy Kent

Andy (@AndyKent3) is currently chair of National Co-ordinators of Governor Services (NCOGS) and a former LA governor services manager;

Emma Knights

Emma (@NGAmedia) is chief executive of the National Governors’ Association (NGA) and co-author of the NGA Chairs’ Handbook.

How to take part

Registration is free and simply requires that you have an email address you can access. Simply visit the event information and registration page – if you have previously registered for last year’s Governor Live event then you can re-use your details and attend this event. You can also sign up using a Facebook or Google account if you have one of those.

You’ll be able to take part via a desktop or laptop computer (test your connection to the server here – you don’t need to ‘pass’ the fourth of the four tests), or via the free Adobe Connect mobile app for Android, iOS or Blackberry. Read our previously published posts on how to access and take part in Governor Live using your tablet or smartphone, or simply view our YouTube playlist which covers this.

If you use Twitter and have questions or comments on the event then please use the hashtag #GovernorLive. The event will be recorded and we will share the recording in a Modern Governor blog post after the event.

We look forward to welcoming you to Governor Live on the 21st of March – register here now. If you have questions about the event either leave a comment below or tweet them to @ModernGovernor.

Pre-event reading

Once you’ve registered, here are some pieces to read before taking part:


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