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Just over a year on from being elected chair of his or her governing board, our now not-quite-as-new chair of governors reflects on what might be next....

Questions around the implications of paid governance in schools - what bigger issues are there? What unintended consequences might play out in schools?...

Some details of & reflections on the recent "Building Better Boards" report & its accompanying Schools Week piece on remuneration for school governors....

Last week we announced Governor Live - the first in a series of live online meetings hosted by Modern Governor and featuring Emma Knights from the National Governors' Association. If you've already registered for Governor Live then you should have received an email confirmation with details...

The Education Secretary, her Labour Shadow & the Schools Minister all say mandatory governor training isn't a good idea. Are their reasons good enough?...

What will the removal of Michael Gove as Secretary of State for Education mean for school Governing Bodies in England?...

Our first #GovernorLive event took place in June 2013.  It was tremendous - almost 200 governors from around the country, coming together to talk about the issues important to them and their schools, hearing from key governance experts and thought leaders.  So many good friends...

I was sad to miss the NGAs conference in Liverpool last weekend.  Throughout the day I picked up on the live happenings via the #NGAConf Tweets thanks to a great group of people who were at the event, but I just knew that I was...

Here's the Storify of all #GovernorLive tweets.   Read what Tweeters had to say about the day, about our speakers (including DfE and NGA). If you can't see it below, you can also view it at http://bit.ly/13cvTdO (you don't have to be a Tweeter to view it!). [<a href="//storify.com/elainewalton/modern-governor-s-governorlive" target="_blank">View...

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...

The National Governors' Association is the only independent representative body for schools governors from all state funded schools (LA maintained schools and academies) in England. It supports local governor associations and governing bodies, lobbies ministers and policy makers on all policies that impact schools and...

Every governor potentially has access to the internet at home or at school. The wider education world is already online and on social media. Tweeters posed questions to Michael Gove, the education secretary, last year using #AskGove. For every negative social media news item there’s a...

Modern Governor spent last Saturday in Stockport at the GOVAS/Stockport MBC annual conference for their governors. It was great to meet so many dedicated governors giving up their Saturday to listen to speakers and join in workshops on a whole range of subjects. Stephen Adamson...

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...

The cover story for this month’s bulletin board is How well are  secondary schools doing? Last week, the Department for Education (DfE) published the latest performance tables for secondary schools. The data show that at key stage 4, 59.4% of pupils in both maintained and independent schools...

Has your governing body or clerk: Stepped up to challenges? Been instrumental in driving forward new projects and initiatives? Dealt with crises? Contributed to the wider community? Driven school improvement? Improved children’s education? Then you may wish to consider a nomination for the NGA Awards for Outstanding Governance. There are two awards,...

The September cover story focuses on composition of governing bodies and the new regulations. The new composition regulations for an LA maintained schools came into force on 1 September. If you wish to reconstitute your governing body, you will need to do so under these regulations....

The NGA  have been awarded a license by the National College to provide training for chairs and aspiring chairs of governing bodies. They are one of eighteen successful partnerships who will be working across England to provide the National College programme. Contact the NGA for more...

The August cover story focuses on Twenty Key Questions to challenge a governing body which aims to engage as many governing bodies as possible in a simple exercise to reflect on their practice. (Read our blog which can be viewed here) and download the document from the...

July’s cover story focuses on the new publication A Guide to Recruiting and Selecting Headteachers. NGA has worked with National College to update its resources on recruiting a headteacher and has published a short guide which can be downloaded here. The booklet includes information on what options...

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...

May's cover story looks at the All Party Parliamentary Group on School and College Governance. The groups next meeting is on May 21st and will be used to consult on a draft of twenty questions which can be used by school and academy governing bodies to...

Modern Governor has announced that it has secured discounts of up to 10% off membership to the National Governors' Association (NGA) for its 20,000 learners. As the organisation for 300,000 governors in England the National Governors’ Association supports and promotes good governance in schools.  Member benefits include...

The cover story for the April bulletin from the NGA is: "Stronger Governance Systems" In 2009, the then Department for Children, Schools and Families produced a programme designed to help governors improve the quality and impact of the contributions they make, so that they can support and...

The cover story for the March bulletin from the NGA is: "Effective Governance: the eight essential ingredients" These eight ingredients are the basis for an effective governing body. They are based on research, practice, and the Ofsted report published last year. How many of these does your...

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...

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...