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Online Communications and School Governors – Part One

Online Communications and School Governors – Part One

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Dave BriggsOur resident Community Evangelist Dave Briggs has been doing some thinking and writing recently about school governors and online communications.  It’s in advance of some guidance we are producing for governance organisations – but as ever, I couldn’t wait to give you a sneaky peek.

So here’s part one – the opportunities.

Participating online offers a number of opportunities for school governors. For example:

• Communicating between governors: using trusted online spaces, governors can have discussion online and share information with one another between face to face meetings, increasing efficiency. Governors can also communicate with other governors in their local authority and nationally

• Listening to what people are saying: like it or not, people will be talking about your school online, and they may be being critical. Unless you are active digitally yourself, you won’t know what people are saying, nor will you be able to respond

• Engaging with parents and students: greater involvement from school stakeholders such as parents and students can be achieved by talking to them online, especially when using spaces they already visit regularly, such as Facebook

• Promoting the work of the governors: by using digital channels to talk about the work governors are doing, more people will get to hear about and understand it

• Encouraging new people to become governors: the visibility provided by participating online means that more people will be aware of the role and inspire them to get involved themselves

By not being active online, governors cannot make the most of these opportunities.

Already active online? Connect with Modern Governor on Facebook, Twitter and the Modern Governor group.

You can also watch the video of Dave Briggs talking about online governor engagement during our January webinar.

Dave’s blog is always worth a read too.

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