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

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...

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...

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...

        The new DfE timeline for school leaders and Governors for the Summer term 2013 is now available.     This timeline sets out important and useful information to help you plan ahead, prepare for and implement changes that will take place during this academic year and beyond. There are...

Revised guidance published yesterday by the Government clarifies the responsibilities of professionals towards safeguarding children, and strengthens the focus away from processes and onto the needs of the child. In response to recommendations from Professor Eileen Munro’s report, A child-centred system, the revised Working together to safeguard children...

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...

On 7 February 2013 the Secretary of State for Education announced a public consultation on the draft National Curriculum which will run until 16 April 2013. The consultation also asks for views on proposals to dis-apply aspects of the current National Curriculum from September 2013, so as...

What’s coming up in 2013 for schools and Governing Bodies? The following dates are an outline of the calendar for 2013, but if you have additional suggestions, please email me at info.clerktogovernors@gmail.com or leave a comment. Check back to see updates. *See DfE's timeline of key dates. ** Check on all live DfE consultations here. January 2013 Consultation on...

Plans to allow Ofsted to share the names and addresses of children’s homes with the police and other bodies have been launched. Children’s minister Edward Timpson published consultation proposals to allow Ofsted to share the names and addresses of children’s homes on their register with the...

A Guest Blog from SGOSS,  The school governor recruitment charity, set up by the Department for Education to provide free services for volunteers, schools and employers. Tuesday 13th November was a significant day in the SGOSS calendar. The Changing Face of School Governance event held at Tower...

As part of the DfE's ongoing commitment to reducing bureaucracy for schools, the statutory policies for schools document outlines the policies and other documents governing bodies are legally required to hold. The document makes clear how often each policy must be reviewed and was updated in...

The new and updated Academies Financial Handbook is now available: The Academies Financial Handbook (Handbook) sets out the financial requirements for academy trusts (ATs). The Handbook, together with the funding agreement (of which this document forms part), sets out the financial relationship between the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and ATs. The...

Guest Post from the Clerk to Governors website. For up to date statutory guidance on dealing with allegations of abuse, visit the DfE website. The following information was published on 1st October 2012. This is statutory guidance from the Department for Education. This means recipients must have regard to...

Schools should ensure that all pupils achieve their best Ofsted has produced three reports that will help schools improve to be at least ‘good’ and ensure that all pupils achieve to the best of their ability. The reports, Getting to good, The Pupil Premium and initial data from the...

The School Information (England) Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/3093) require local authorities and maintained schools to publish specified information on schools in school and local authority composite prospectuses. The regulations also specify additional key admissions-related information that local authorities have to make available every year through their...

A Guest Blog from Learning Pool Director Mary McKenna I spent Sunday afternoon at the Department for Education sponsored #pupildata event in London organised by Emma Mulqueeny and the Rewired State team ( http://rewiredstate.org/ ) This was a first of its kind event where DfE made some...

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 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...

The DfE has recently released an updated list of statutory policies for schools.  It outlines which type of schools the policies apply to, and how often the policy should be reviewed.  This will change again this year with the introduction of the Education Act 2011. Here...