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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....

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

The open space sessions at Governor Live proved an ideal opportunity to give school Governors from across the country an opportunity to debate the challenges and opportunities affecting their roles in 2014. Discussions around the Governing Body were plentiful including the transition, representation and recruitment...

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...

  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...

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...

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 August cover story focuses on Twenty Key Questions to challenge a governing body which aims to engage as many governing bodies as possible in a simple exercise to reflect on their practice. (Read our blog which can be viewed here) and download the document 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...

“Is there a demonstrable causal link between the actions of/effectiveness of the governing body and pupil performance?”; New report from School Governors’ One-Stop Shop There is widespread acceptance that effective governing bodies add significant value in the critical areas of school improvement and compliance; ranging from...

From September schools will have to report the following information on Pupil Premium: How much money the school has been allocated for the Pupil Premium in respect of the current academic year how the school intends to spend the money how it spent the allocation for the previous...

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...

Over the last few days there has been an avalanche of news and opinion about ICT in schools. Schools are being overcharged in IT leasing agreements, signing agreements that overcharge them for the most basic IT equipment. Ian Livingstone talks about a "nation of digital illiterates", who...

Next Monday, 27th June, is the start of something rather exciting. We'll be recording a "Question Time" session. The topic will be the Teachers' Strike on 30th June. I'll be in the David Dimbelby seat, posing questions to the panel: David Owen of the Staffordshire Governors Association Neil Collins...

Neil Carmichael MP has just published a report called "Who Governs the Governors?". The introduction states: "More than half a million people contribute in excess of 2 million working days to serving schools as unpaid governors across England, Scotland and Wales within the state...

The Commons Education Committee has called for Ofsted to be split in two. "Splitting Ofsted into two new organisations—the Inspectorate for Education and the Inspectorate for Children’s Care—will help to focus and improve inspection in this country." The report agrees with Baroness Perry when she said that Ofsted...

Lot of exciting stuff planned for the next few weeks - here's a quick summary of where I'm going to be talking about Modern Governor.  If you're there too - be sure to say hi! On 9th February I'll be at the Staffordshire Governors Association Annual...

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...

Happy New Year and welcome to 2011!   We're kicking off 2011 with a new series of profiles of the people who help us to develop our e-learning modules for school governors. Every Modern Governor e-learning module is developed with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).  The SMEs  we work with...

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...

Under a week to go until our FREE Modern Governor Breakfast Briefing in Birmingham - quite frankly, we're all VERY excited about it! This week, I'll be publishing a daily blog with information about stuff we'll be covering on the day and our speakers. First up -...

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...

Last Thursday I went up to see our friends in York as they launched their new accredited Governor training programme.  The venue was impressive, the food was fabulous and there was an impressive turnout of dedicated and enthusiastic School Governors keen to get to know...