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June 2012

“Is there a demonstrable causal link between the actions of/effectiveness of the governing body and pupil performance?”; New report from School Governors’ One-Stop Shop There is widespread acceptance that effective governing bodies add significant value in the critical areas of school improvement and compliance; ranging from...

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...

There are waves of awful stories in the media about mobile phones in schools.  Tales of cyber-bullying, "sexting" and physical violence being used to steal mobile phones paints a worrying picture of life today for kids in school. But what about the positive side of pupils...

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...

June’s cover story is the NGA TES Joint Survey: A Chance to Give Your Views. The survey is open to all governors, and is open until 11 June. This year the survey includes questions about academies, performance management and local authority cuts. The June bulletin also looks at...

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...