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Lots going on here at Modern Governor towers over the next few weeks - here's a quick round-up to make sure you're keeping up! Modern Governor Breakfast Briefing, Thursday 9th December 2010, York Well, I suppose you could call it a Brunch Briefing!  Hear about how Modern...

Are you a Co-ordinator of Governor Services? Need to make savings on your School Governor training programme? Want to know more about Modern Governor? We're delighted to announce the following events - save the dates in your diary now! Date: 24th November 2010 Time: 11am-12pm Where: Online webinar What: An Introduction to...

Angie Lund is a UK School Governor - despite recently moving to New Zealand!  Learning Pool first met Angie in her role as a Learning & Development Officer for Wokingham Borough Council.  When we heard she was relocating to New Zealand, not only were we...

Learning Pool is the UK's largest online community dedicated exclusively to the public sector and Modern Governor is one of a range of dedicated e-learning programmes. Community is the heart of Learning Pool: "Whether it’s sharing their content with other subscribers or providing feedback for the next...

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...

Happy Friday everybody! We've now uploaded some of the slides we used at Tuesday's Modern Governor breakfast briefing.  To view, please click on the 'play' buttons.  To download, please click on the titles.  If you would like to receive a copy via email, please contact elaine@moderngovernor.com Dave's...

Thanks to everyone who attended #GovernorBB - the Modern Governor breakfast briefing - which we held yesterday in the Council House, Birmingham. There was such a positive vibe around the room during the sessions - everyone was very keen to find out how Modern Governor could...

Continuing the countdown to the Modern Governor breakfast briefing on 21st September, we're profiling one of our guest speakers, Ruth Agnew. Ruth began subscribing to Modern Governor when she was Governor Services Manager at Cheshire County Council.  During the re-organisation, when Cheshire County became Cheshire...

Next up in our countdown to our FREE Modern Governor Breakfast Briefing, is, erm, me! I've had various e-learning roles since 2003 - sales, product development, project manager, account manager, learning support, learning consultant, technical support - and managed roll-outs across sectors like hospitality, telecommunications, healthcare, retail,...

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 -...

Just over 2 weeks to go until our FREE Modern Governor event in Birmingham.  We're still finalising some arrangements folks, but here's a few tantalising teasers for you...

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...

Improving the governance of our schools is a key ambition for all of us, not least in a political environment where fiscal tightening is a serious issue.  Modern Governor is a product within the Learning Pool portfolio that seeks to address this need. It is designed to...

We've just released our latest e-learning module "Is Governor Mark for Us?".  Governor Mark is an optional accreditation for Governing Bodies to assess the effectiveness of Governance in their school.  Our module aims to inform Governors of the necessary processes, timescale and involvement required by...

The wave of stories, Tweets and publicity about David Cameron’s speech about “Big Society” made me stop and think – aren’t School Governors already “doing” Big Society? Setting aside the political arguments for and against...

I met with a potential new Modern Governor customer last week and we discussed how e-learning could be used at their authority. The people I met were really keen to use e-learning, understanding immediately how they could use it to a) save money and b)...

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...

All Modern Governor e-learning courses are reviewed regularly - it's a tough, but necessary job!  We're very proud of our content and so, this time round, I wanted to let you know what we've done and why. We've reviewed all of our content to reflect changes...

Another new course has just been released to our Modern Governor community. "The New Governor" was originally developed for Wiltshire Local Authority, and was based on their successful, well-established full-day training course.  Using the Learning Pool authoring tool we have repackaged this course for the benefit...

According to the School Governors One Stop Shop (SGOSS) there are 40000 vacant Governor places at any one time.  Being a School Governor is rewarding and plays a vital part in shaping young lives - but how do you encourage people to apply? Everybody leads busy...

A few weeks ago we had a great workshop with our Modern Governor customers where people met up to share experiences and decide on how to take Modern Governor forward in the coming months. One of the standout comments from a Modern Governor user was that...

In 2009 my Clerk of Governors forwarded me an email asking for parent governors to volunteer to stand for our County Council Schools & Learning Select Committee as Parent Governor Representatives. I did some background research to find that: Parent Governor Representatives (PGRs) are elected from serving...

Budgetary challenges are at the forefront of everyone's mind at the moment -  where does that leave opportunities for learning? One place is find out is at the Learning Pool's Public Sector Learning Conference on 12 May, London. Its a perfect time for us all to get together and...