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[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...

We had an awesome #GovernorLive event yesterday (25.06).  It was the first unconference for school governors in the world and it felt, as one of the delegates said, "like the start of something big". We had some tremendous speakers.  Chris Caroe, Head of School Governance...

[caption id="attachment_3929" align="alignleft" width="225"] Learning Pool's Mary McKenna and Paper Bag's Gary Gallagher[/caption] Modern Governor is part of Learning Pool, the fast growing e-learning company based in Derry, which has just announced the acquisition of Paper Bag, the mobile apps development agency with offices in Belfast...

We have recently revised our module   My Role As A Governor This e-learning module will take you through the history of school Governing Bodies and how they are organised today. It is an introduction to your role and responsibilities as a Governor, and looks at meetings and...

January is always a good time to take stock and see if the dreams and goals set for last year actually came to fruition. As a result, myself and Mary have put together a list of what we think the best things about 2012 have been...

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...

Modern Governor’s Carol and Elaine spent a great day in Birmingham last Thursday meeting lots of our customers at the Co-ordinators of Governor Services Annual Conference 2012. The inspirational line up of speakers from the “front line” of governance included Steve Munby from the National College...

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...

In December Learning Pool ran the annual "12 Days of Christmas" campaign, where our sparkly team give away daily goodies to members of the Learning Pool community, either as downloads or as competition prizes. This year two of our downloadable goodies proved especially popular with School...

Starting Thursday 1st December until Friday 16th December, Learning Pool will be giving at least one gift a day away to members of the Learning Pool community as part of our annual 12 days of Christmas festivities. We’re celebrating how lovely learning can be and giving away a...

Every year, Learning Pool dishes out awards to the people and organisations who've made the most of their Learning Pool e-learning subscription. There are several categories, and this year not only do we have a new category but, for the first time, a Modern Governor nominee! On...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to attend the Guardian’s “Public Sector Online” conference, despite the tube strike!  Learning Pool’s Community Evangelist Dave Briggs was speaking on the closing panel, topic “Innovation in Social Media”. I tweeted an awful lot yesterday, whenever I heard something interesting –...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Modern Governor is excited to announce the upcoming launch of 3 - yes, 3! - new e-learning courses. There will soon be 3 brand new courses available in the Modern Governor range of e-learning courses.  As always, the courses have been developed specifically for School Governors...

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...