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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...

Modern Governor was invited to attend the Knowsley Council School Governors'Conference last Friday and joined around 50 local governors in The Huyton Suite to hear from a range of speakers on the theme of Ensuring Quality. Steve Barker, National Leader of Governance started the day off...

The cover story for this month’s bulletin board is the release of the Ofsted School Data Dashboard On Wednesday 27 February 2013, Sir Michael Wilshaw, HMCI Ofsted, launched a new School Data Dashboard designed to support governors to hold their schools to account. The dashboard will provide a snapshot...

SGOSS - Governors for schools have recently launched a new campaign* aimed at recruiting more school governors called  We're the people (read more in our recent blog post)  and the campaign has attracted some media attention and been linked to from a variety of sites including the...

[caption id="attachment_3386" align="aligncenter" width="300"] One of last years conferences[/caption] The days are getting longer and the mornings lighter and out in Governorland it is conference season. Over the next couple of months Modern Governor will be out on the road visiting as many of the Governor and...

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...

The Education Innovation Conference and Exhibition (EICE) is a brand new, national event designed to help education professionals use technology more effectively to improve teaching and learning. Improve your knowledge, upgrade your skills, enhance your performance and stay one step ahead of your students, whilst...

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...

It has been an eventful year in Modern Governorland. We have welcomed Carol to the MG team, waved goodbye and hello again to Elaine and of course said a huge hello to baby Walton. The decorations are up, the presents are wrapped and crackers are at...

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...

Plans to allow Ofsted to share the names and addresses of children’s homes with the police and other bodies have been launched. Children’s minister Edward Timpson published consultation proposals to allow Ofsted to share the names and addresses of children’s homes on their register with the...

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...

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...

New Module now available: Freedom of Information - A Guide for Governors In this module, you'll explore and build on your knowledge of the FOI Act and how it applies to schools. You'll learn more about your role and responsibilities as a Governor. You'll learn about what your...

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...

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...

Modern Governor is part of the wider Learning Pool family and we are focused on helping our members collaborate together. We are especially proud that we’ve built the largest and most vibrant public sector learning community in the UK, where you can engage with over 8000...

Your July newsletter should have popped into your inbox over the weekend, 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...

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...

Written in conjunction with the National Governors Association, Converting to Academy Status is the first in our series of modules aimed at Academies. Academies are classed as 'independent' state schools. They are charitable companies limited by guarantee. Rather than being directly funded and accountable to...

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...

Back in May 2011 I asked "Should school governor training be compulsory?" which prompted an overwhelming number of comments on both sides.  I left a poll on our homepage asking the same question.  I've been scouring websites, research articles, tweeting, chatting with members of the...

[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 new Ofsted report examining English teaching has found that while in many schools English teaching is effective and pupils make good progress, standards in English are not high enough and, since 2008, there has been no overall improvement in primary pupils’ learning. Moving English forward...

Carol Woolley is joining the Modern Governor team soon.  Here's Carol's first blog for Modern Governor - expect to see and hear more of her! Last week was my Learning Pool half birthday, I have now been a member of #teamlovely for 6 months, and in...

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...

The decorations are up, the presents are wrapped and even my dogs have their festive hats at the ready.  Nativity plays have been watched, cards have been posted and there's just that "big shop" left to do! All that's left is to say "thank you"...

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 is the third in our series of Top Tips to help you get the most out of a Modern Governor subscription. A reason why face to face training is well-regarded is that it gives Governors an opportunity to network and learn from each other.  By...

Second in our series of tips to help you get the most of a Modern Governor subscription. This may seem a really obvious point, but in the hustle-bustle of everyday life it's often overlooked. Do your Governors all know how to access Modern Governor? If not, they won't...

This is the first in a new series of tips to help you get the most out of a Modern Governor subscription. We're going to start at the very beginning (a very fine place to start, according to Julie Andrews...

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of being at the Association of Leicestershire Governors conference which was held at Leicester Racecourse. The theme was “Which Way Forward?” and it featured the experiences of governors and Heads who have taken their school in the direction of Federation,...

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...