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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...

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...

(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....

Next Monday, 27th June, is the start of something rather exciting. We'll be recording a "Question Time" session. The topic will be the Teachers' Strike on 30th June. I'll be in the David Dimbelby seat, posing questions to the panel: David Owen of the Staffordshire Governors Association Neil Collins...

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...

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...

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...

Many School Governors are not only active participants in their local communities in terms of this role  but also through being involved with Local Democracy. Managing both roles can often be difficult in terms of time, but Learning Pool’s re-launched Modern Councillor service should make...

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...

Happy New Year and welcome to 2011!   We're kicking off 2011 with a new series of profiles of the people who help us to develop our e-learning modules for school governors. Every Modern Governor e-learning module is developed with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).  The SMEs  we work with...

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...

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...

Last Thursday we were fortunate enough to attend the annual conference of NCOGS (National Co-ordinators of Governor Services).  The theme for 2010 was "Strengthening Governance". Obviously there are challenges ahead for everybody as budgets tighten and ways of working change, but what struck me was that...

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to attend the Guardian’s “Public Sector Online” conference, despite the tube strike!  Learning Pool’s Community Evangelist Dave Briggs was speaking on the closing panel, topic “Innovation in Social Media”. I tweeted an awful lot yesterday, whenever I heard something interesting –...

Continuing the countdown to the Modern Governor breakfast briefing on 21st September, we're profiling one of our guest speakers, Ruth Agnew. Ruth began subscribing to Modern Governor when she was Governor Services Manager at Cheshire County Council.  During the re-organisation, when Cheshire County became Cheshire...

Under a week to go until our FREE Modern Governor Breakfast Briefing in Birmingham - quite frankly, we're all VERY excited about it! This week, I'll be publishing a daily blog with information about stuff we'll be covering on the day and our speakers. First up -...

Just over 2 weeks to go until our FREE Modern Governor event in Birmingham.  We're still finalising some arrangements folks, but here's a few tantalising teasers for you...

There's a lot of commentary doing the rounds about how Michael Gove and the DfE have fared during their first 100 days.  Here's a quick round-up - if you know of any more, please add your comment below.  I'm keen to see more commentary from the education...

Improving the governance of our schools is a key ambition for all of us, not least in a political environment where fiscal tightening is a serious issue.  Modern Governor is a product within the Learning Pool portfolio that seeks to address this need. It is designed to...

Last Thursday I went up to see our friends in York as they launched their new accredited Governor training programme.  The venue was impressive, the food was fabulous and there was an impressive turnout of dedicated and enthusiastic School Governors keen to get to know...

Education Secretary Michael Gove has written to all primary and secondary schools in England inviting them to become academies. Academies are state-funded schools which are independent of local authority control. Schools rated as outstanding by inspectors could be fast-tracked into academy status for the autumn. Education Secretary Michael Gove...

Got an additional learning provider for Governor training but looking for something extra? Modern Governor  is offering a one-off promotional price for those who sign up before 31st July 2010.  To find out what discounts you could receive call 0207 101 9383 or email elaine@moderngovernor.com. Plus, our efficiency savings fly...