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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....

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....

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

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...

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...

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...

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...