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Mike Sheridan, Ofsted's Regional Director for London, writes about the new education inspection framework and how Ofsted will inspect the curriculum in the smallest schools....

Dr Tony Breslin explores how three actors - governors, leadership teams & others beyond an institution's boundaries - contribute to effective governance....

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....

A term after being elected to the role, our new chair of governors reflects on what's flown past since becoming chair....

With the recruitment process for the next head of Ofsted rumoured to be looking to the US, Dr Jacqueline Baxter asks what the role of the inspectorate is....

Andrew Clapham of Nottingham Trent University considers how inspection might miss a teacher who may well be outstanding....

Miles Berry, former headteacher and subject leader for computing education at Roehampton Uni explores the issues around BYOD relevant to governors....

Details of the updated and expanded Ofsted e-learning module from the leading online CPD service for governors, Modern Governor....

Reflections on Sir Michael Wilshaw's second commentary which focused on school governance, and outlined HMCI's solutons to issues around bad governance....

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

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

The Education Committee published it's second report on the role of school governing bodies this week (after a minor hiccup at 00:01!). Its conclusions and recommendations are:   Recruitment and retention of governors IMPACT OF THE 2012 COMPOSITION REGULATIONS ON THE PROFILE OF GOVERNING BODIES 1.  Less prescription as to how...

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...

Ofsted have confirmed the line-up of Regional Directors who will be responsible for helping to drive up standards in childcare, schools, and learning and skills providers in England. This is from the Ofsted website… Among the new appointees who will be joining the inspectorate in the coming...

Strong leadership at every level is critical if England wants to have a world class education and skills system, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills said yesterday. Launching his first Annual Report, Sir Michael Wilshaw said that leadership in schools, in colleges...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Last Friday I was lucky enough to be invited along to the 3rd annual Cheshire East Governors' Conference. Choreographed by Ruth Agnew and Andy Kent, it was a really enjoyable day.  There was a huge turnout of over 160 governors, and - without exception - every...

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...

The Commons Education Committee has called for Ofsted to be split in two. "Splitting Ofsted into two new organisations—the Inspectorate for Education and the Inspectorate for Children’s Care—will help to focus and improve inspection in this country." The report agrees with Baroness Perry when she said that Ofsted...

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...