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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 Committee met today to ask questions of Michael Gove. Part of the session was given to specific #AskGove tweets submitted. See what Mr Gove had to say: ...

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...

Today's the day when we're releasing our "School Governors and Social Media" e-learning module.  We've also taken the opportunity to spruce up the look of our other modules - here's what we've been up to...

The teachers' strike, planned for Thursday June 30th, has left many governors asking questions about their responsibilities and obligations.  In the first episode of "Governors' Question Time", our panel answers questions about the strike and the role of governors.  Our panel is: David Owen, Chair of Staffordshire...

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...

I recently asked "Should school governor training be compulsory?" It's prompted lots of you to comment - you can view our blog and all comments here (don't forget to add your comment too!). I love the simple beauty of "wordles" and the way they present huge...

The National Foundation for Educational Research has published a report titled "Governance Models in Schools". In it, they state that "Key to effective governance was perceived to be governors having a clear understanding of their role (and its limits) and an understanding of the strategic...

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...

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...

It’s a question we get asked a lot and something that we are passionate about at Learning Pool. It is very easy to take paper or web based content and stick it into an e-learning module, but to us that’s not e-learning it’s just a...

The recording from our March webinar is now available.  Thanks to everybody who came along - and if you were unable to join us, maybe next time! All of our recordings are placed into the video player on the homepage of www.moderngovernor.com, so you can view...

Online webinars are becoming increasingly popular and we have two Modern Governor webinars for you in April.   They're a great way of attending a conference, without leaving the comfort of your desk (or sofa!). Choose which one most suits you. The secret of anytime, anywhere learning for...

Third in our series of profiles of some of our lovely subject matter experts.  Derek Balaam is Governor Support Manager for Brent Council and has been incredibly supportive of Modern Governor since the very start. Derek, tell us about your experience and qualifications "I am a qualified...

Here's the third part of our series of guidance for school governors about online communications.  It's been written by our resident Community EvangelistDave Briggs as guidance for governance organisations. In part one we talked about the opportunities. In part two we talked about the risks and guiding principles. In part...

Here's part two in our sneaky peek at the guidance we're working on about online communications and school governance.  Read part one - Opportunities -here. Part Two: Risks and Guiding Principles As well as an incredible opportunity, digital participation is not without risk. Some of the risks...

Our resident Community Evangelist Dave Briggs has been doing some thinking and writing recently about school governors and online communications.  It's in advance of some guidance we are producing for governance organisations - but as ever, I couldn't wait to give you a sneaky peek. So here's...

I'm hosting a free webinar for school governors in March. I'll be explaining how Modern Governor works, how it can be used to complement any face to face training received and how it can make learning more accessible for busy school governors. It's happening on Tuesday 15th...

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...

Yesterday Learning Pool launched My Learning Pool. My Learning Pool is a suite of online learning resources which can be bought and used by anybody. Whether you are someone who is about to have a change in career, or a volunteer with a local community group, or the person in...

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...

Online debate about the use of biometrics in schools is increasing - both for and against.  I was surprised to see that schools do not have a legal duty to consult parents (although they are advised to). The official ICO guidelines are here; the most recent...

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...

Paperwork - don't you just love it? We've got around 20000 School Governors using our Modern Governor e-learning, and their feedback is crucial to us.  It helps us to identify any problems, make Modern Governor better, and plan our future content based on what Governors want...

We'd planned to hold our breakfast briefing for Co-ordinators of Governor Services in York this Thursday, 9th December. Because of the extreme weather conditions, we've decided to make this event an online event instead.   You'll be able to use your computer and/or telephone to participate in our...

I came across something quite wonderful recently - www.screenr.com - and am now using it to create simple tutorials. Have a look at the following - let me know what you think, and send me your suggestions for future tutorials about Modern Governor e-learning and how...

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...