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The DfE have issued the second of their termly bulletins.  This has been emailed to all Headteachers. It talks about the updated timeline of milestones for 2011/2012, an update on the reduction of bureaucracy, and statutory policies that schools should have in place. Click here to read...

Online debate about the use of biometrics in schools is increasing - both for and against.  I was surprised to see that schools do not have a legal duty to consult parents (although they are advised to). The official ICO guidelines are here; the most recent...

Well, Wednesday was quite a day, wasn't it? It felt like the nation was holding a collective breath until George Osborne rose from his seat to deliver the much-anticipated Spending Review.  Poking through the opinions since then, it seems that no-one knows exactly how the Spending Review will...

Last Thursday we were fortunate enough to attend the annual conference of NCOGS (National Co-ordinators of Governor Services).  The theme for 2010 was "Strengthening Governance". Obviously there are challenges ahead for everybody as budgets tighten and ways of working change, but what struck me was that...

We're on tour again!  This Thursday 14th October we'll be attending the NCOGS Annual Conference 2010 which is being held in Birmingham.  The theme this year is "Strengthening Governance".  There are few things we enjoy more than meeting our friends in Governor Services, talking about...

A new school year is starting and ‘bullying’ is a topic being hotly debated on TV and in media.  I’m always drawn to any discussions on bullying – anything which gets it out in the open is a good thing. Back in junior school I was...

There's a lot of commentary doing the rounds about how Michael Gove and the DfE have fared during their first 100 days.  Here's a quick round-up - if you know of any more, please add your comment below.  I'm keen to see more commentary from the education...

We're working flat-out to deliver lots of great new e-learning modules over the Summer.  We released "Self-evaluation and the New Ofsted Framework" and "Is Governor Mark for Us?" in July and yesterday we released our latest module, "Looked-after Children" Elaine Walton, Modern Governor's Product Manager says: "This...

Modern Governor releases its latest module: "Self-evaluation and the New Ofsted Framework"    We talked about the New Ofsted Framework in a recent blog, and now we're delighted to announce the release of the latest Modern Governor module "Self-evaluation and the New Ofsted Framework". One of the biggest...

Education Secretary Michael Gove has written to all primary and secondary schools in England inviting them to become academies. Academies are state-funded schools which are independent of local authority control. Schools rated as outstanding by inspectors could be fast-tracked into academy status for the autumn. Education Secretary Michael Gove...

The new Education Secretary Michael Gove has made a brisk start. The DCSF has already been renamed as the Department for Education and Mr Gove says that it will be "re-focused on supporting teaching and learning". Webmasters across Westminster have had a hectic week (almost as busy...