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With the government insisting that all schools become academies, what does this mandatory academisation mean for governance of local schools?...

Learning Pool is delighted to announce that it has been selected to showcase its technology at the new, multi-sector, networking event ‘Innovate UK’. The joint venture from the Technology Strategy Board and UK Trade & Investment unites the highly successful Innovate and TechWorld events and...

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...

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. Revised regulations...

[caption id="attachment_2942" align="alignleft" width="213" caption="Importance of teaching white paper"][/caption] More than a year has now passed since the Importance of Teaching white paper's provisions were enshrined in the Education Act 2011. The ISOS partnership has now released its interim report looking at how Local Authorities have...

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...

We're delighted to announce that this year Modern Governor will again be sponsoring the National Governors' Association (NGA). NGA support local governor associations and governing bodies, lobby ministers and policy makers on all policies that impact schools and offer high-quality guidance, information, conferences and advice for...

(This was first published on the LGiU blog) "The LGiU conducted a survey of 80 Lead Members and Directors of Children’s Services in August 2011 in partnership with NUT and Unison. The survey focused on the future of local government’s role in the changing education system....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...