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Just in time for you to have a quick refresh before the new term, many of our modules have been updated in line with recent legislative/guidance changes. We are continuously reviewing, refreshing and updating all of our content - governance is a fast-changing landscape at the...

[caption id="attachment_4678" align="left" width="300"] Learning Pool’s Mary McKenna with some of the Parliament team[/caption] We’re delighted at Learning Pool to announce that we have been awarded a contract by Parliament to provide online training to staff across both Houses. This provision will be extended to Members...

Your latest newsletter should have popped into your inbox this week, with lots of Modern Governor news and links to our modules and our Twitter and Facebook pages. If you don't receive our newsletter and would like to subscribe then please pop along to our sign...

Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world. Safer Internet Day 2013, (Tuesday 5 February 2013) is the tenth edition...

Your latest newsletter should have popped into your inbox this week, with lots of Modern Governor news and links to new modules and our Twitter and Facebook pages. If you don't receive our newsletter and would like to subscribe then please pop along to our sign...

New research released by OUP following the introduction of a new spelling test by the Government has raised growing concerns over standards of literacy in schools. This comes after a similar research project commissioned by Mencap revealed in May that over-reliance on technology is also...

A leading Government adviser has warned in an article in today's Telegraph that Education inspectors are “taking the soul out of school” by promoting a tick-box culture in the classroom. Teachers are being forced into delivering “very robotic” lessons to satisfy the requirements of Ofsted, said John...

We have just revised the Governing Body Health Check Module. This health check is part of a Self-Review tool which has been designed to help governing bodies to evaluate what they do in order to make sure that they meet statutory requirements and that their practices meet...

New arrangements for school exclusion come into force in September 2012. These will apply to any pupil excluded on or after 1 September 2012 from a maintained school, academy school / Free School, alternative provision academy / Free School or pupil referral unit in England. Take a...

Modern Governor spent Saturday at the NGA Policy conference in London and met lots of  governors who are using our e-learning to improve the skills and knowledge of their governing bodies. These lovely ladies were full of praise for our modules and couldn't wait to get...

Safeguarding and Child Protection is an important subject for school governors. The Governing Body has a legal obligation to ensure that the school is run so that the welfare of the children and young people is safeguarded and promoted. The Governing Body should ensure that the...

The Education (Wales) Measure 2011 allows Welsh Ministers to introduce regulations to make governor training mandatory on specific issues. Initially the mandatory topics will be introductory training for new Governors, training for Chairs of Governing bodies and training for Governors on the use and understanding of...

School Governors in Yorkshire and the Humber are to get access to free governor training through an exciting collaboration between local councils across the region. GLADYS, Governor Learning and Development in Yorkshire & the Humber, will give governors at participating schools access to the highly acclaimed Modern Governor...

A massive well done to the Governor Services team at Monmouthshire Council. They've recently recorded a series of videos to help Governors learn more about their role in their own time. Wendy Barnard, Senior Support Services Officer stars in the first of a series of films planned: “We...

September 12th saw the launch of a joint venture, Governor Base, set up by support services provider, Ten Group, new education services company, One Education, the National Governors’ Association (NGA) and us, school governor e-learning provider, Modern Governor. Governor Base offers a cost-effective, high-quality support...

Another in our series of profiles of our lovely subject matter experts.  David is a long-time friend of Modern Governor and has worked with us on a number of our e-learning modules for school governors. Tell us about your experience and qualifications, David "I’m an independent education...

Today's the day when we're releasing our "School Governors and Social Media" e-learning module.  We've also taken the opportunity to spruce up the look of our other modules - here's what we've been up to...

The National Foundation for Educational Research has published a report titled "Governance Models in Schools". In it, they state that "Key to effective governance was perceived to be governors having a clear understanding of their role (and its limits) and an understanding of the strategic...

Do you have a burning need to know more about Modern Governor? Online webinars are becoming increasingly popular - they’re a great way of attending a conference, without leaving the comfort of your desk (or sofa!).  You don't have to fight the traffic/battle the train timetable...

Many School Governors are not only active participants in their local communities in terms of this role  but also through being involved with Local Democracy. Managing both roles can often be difficult in terms of time, but Learning Pool’s re-launched Modern Councillor service should make...

It’s a question we get asked a lot and something that we are passionate about at Learning Pool. It is very easy to take paper or web based content and stick it into an e-learning module, but to us that’s not e-learning it’s just a...

The recording from our March webinar is now available.  Thanks to everybody who came along - and if you were unable to join us, maybe next time! All of our recordings are placed into the video player on the homepage of www.moderngovernor.com, so you can view...

Online webinars are becoming increasingly popular and we have two Modern Governor webinars for you in April.   They're a great way of attending a conference, without leaving the comfort of your desk (or sofa!). Choose which one most suits you. The secret of anytime, anywhere learning for...

Third in our series of profiles of some of our lovely subject matter experts.  Derek Balaam is Governor Support Manager for Brent Council and has been incredibly supportive of Modern Governor since the very start. Derek, tell us about your experience and qualifications "I am a qualified...

Second in our series of subject matter expert profiles is Sue Noakes.  Sue is the Assistant Director of Education for Chester Diocese and recently shared with us her considerable expertise and knowledge for our latest e-learning module "Governance of a Church School". Sue, tell us about...

We're currently finalising our content development roadmap for the next 12 months.  This is a fancy way of saying we're deciding what e-learning modules to develop next for inclusion in the Modern Governor catalogue. It's never "final" though - priorities change, needs are somewhat fluid and...

I'm hosting a free webinar for school governors in March. I'll be explaining how Modern Governor works, how it can be used to complement any face to face training received and how it can make learning more accessible for busy school governors. It's happening on Tuesday 15th...

Yesterday Learning Pool launched My Learning Pool. My Learning Pool is a suite of online learning resources which can be bought and used by anybody. Whether you are someone who is about to have a change in career, or a volunteer with a local community group, or the person in...

At our recent Modern Governor webinar we were delighted to have Wendy Kay as one of our panellists. Wendy Kay is the Learning Consultant who looks after the London Boroughs with a Learning Pool subscription.  In this extract from our webinar, Wendy talks about how a...

We're delighted to announce the release of another new Modern Governor e-learning module.  Modern Governor is a suite of e-learning modules designed especially for School Governorswhich covers a range of important governance topics.  Because the modules are accessed online, they enable busy School Governors to access...

Well, what a way to kick-start 2011! We had a fabulous online webinar this morning - thanks to all the busy Co-ordinators of Governor Services who joined us.  Here are the slides used today - the webinar recording will be available soon. David Marriott - Issues...

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...

It's freezing outside, too icy to venture out, and there's nothing on the television (again). The perfect opportunity to take a look at our new podcast player!  See Donald Clark, Ruth Agnew (Cheshire East) and Derek Balaam (Brent) talk about Modern Governor and the benefits of e-learning...

Modern Governor is the UK's favourite governor training service with over 16,000 governors online. Since its launch we've continually worked with governance experts throughout the country to improve Modern Governor and deliver it to the people who need it to improve how they govern our...

Paperwork - don't you just love it? We've got around 20000 School Governors using our Modern Governor e-learning, and their feedback is crucial to us.  It helps us to identify any problems, make Modern Governor better, and plan our future content based on what Governors want...

We'd planned to hold our breakfast briefing for Co-ordinators of Governor Services in York this Thursday, 9th December. Because of the extreme weather conditions, we've decided to make this event an online event instead.   You'll be able to use your computer and/or telephone to participate in our...

I came across something quite wonderful recently - www.screenr.com - and am now using it to create simple tutorials. Have a look at the following - let me know what you think, and send me your suggestions for future tutorials about Modern Governor e-learning and how...