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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...

We are pleased to announce we have updated our module on Safeguarding and Promoting Child Welfare. This module is a basic introduction to your responsibility as a Governor in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. This is a companion module to Safeguarding and Child Protection for...

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...

The Academies Commission has recently released its report ‘Unleashing Greatness: Getting the best from an academised system’. Mainstream media, so far, seems to have focused on the section about admissions. Here are some other snippets for you - and you can download the full report here (PDF): Risk: The governors of...

Guest Blog from Andrew Wilkins of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)         In 2010 the coalition government issued new legislation making it possible for all good and outstanding schools (including, for the first time, primary schools) to exit local authority management and acquire academy status. Academies...

UPDATED MODULE: OFSTED and Self Evaluation   This module reflects the changes instigated by the introduction of the latest Ofsted framework and supersedes our previous Ofsted course. It covers how Governors should work with various tools including Schools Self-Evaluation Schedule (SSES) and RAISEonline. It explores how...

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...

This week during a meeting of the Education Committee the new Ofsted Head, Sir Michael Wilshaw, stated that he thinks (some) governors should be paid. "I think we need to spend a lot more time on governance arrangements." "When schools do poorly or badly, it's not just the...

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...

In May 2011, Ofsted released a report called "School Governance - Learning from the Best". The introduction reads: School governing bodies are responsible for the conduct of maintained schools in England. The quality of their work is a matter of considerable importance. The aim of this small-scale report...

There was a somewhat provocative editorial piece about governance published in the TES last week which stated "We've spent too much time making governance local and not enough making it effective". I was surprised by the opening paragraph: "Vindictive, interfering, amateurish, crass, ignorant busybodies. Other people call...

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...

I recently asked "Should school governor training be compulsory?" It's prompted lots of you to comment - you can view our blog and all comments here (don't forget to add your comment too!). I love the simple beauty of "wordles" and the way they present huge...

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...

All of us at Learning Pool are huge fans of social media.  We use Yammer to communicate internally with each other across timezones, and Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and blogging to engage and share stuff with just about everybody else on the planet. I've written about online...

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...

Here's the third part of our series of guidance for school governors about online communications.  It's been written by our resident Community EvangelistDave Briggs as guidance for governance organisations. In part one we talked about the opportunities. In part two we talked about the risks and guiding principles. In part...

Here's part two in our sneaky peek at the guidance we're working on about online communications and school governance.  Read part one - Opportunities -here. Part Two: Risks and Guiding Principles As well as an incredible opportunity, digital participation is not without risk. Some of the risks...

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...

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...

Elaine and the rest of the Modern Governor team wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful and joyous New Year. Looking forward to meeting/chatting with you in 2011 - have you registered yet for one of our online events? Thursday 13th January - Online Modern...

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'll soon be launching our latest piece of Modern Governor content - the "Governing Body Health-check Questionnaire" It's slightly different to all our other e-learning; it's a simple online questionnaire, asking key questions about the following areas: Teamwork How effective is the work of the Governing Body? School Finance (example...

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...

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...

This popped into our inbox this week from a #moderngovernor who has asked to remain anonymous.  Let us know what you think...