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  • Ofsted – The Quality of Education Webinar - 26th November 2019

    This webinar will focus on the new judgement in the Ofsted framework, the quality of education.

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2019

  • Academies Financial Update Webinar (Recorded Nov 2019)

    This webinar provides trustees and others involved in governance within academies and free schools, with an update on effective governance of finance within the academy sector in 2019, moving forward into 2020. We will focus on recent updates from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), the 2019 Academies Financial Handbook and the recently introduced School Resource Management Self-assessment tool.

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2019

  • Clerks' Forum webinar - 24th October 2019 (Recorded October 2019)

    This Clerks' Forum was a webinar for clerks of maintained schools and academies and was focused on the clerk's role in governor recruitment. The webinar focused on developing an understanding of the governor recruitment process, understanding the clerk’s role in providing advice, guidance and practical support and raising awareness of an effective induction programme.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2019

  • Hot Topics webinar (Recorded October 2019)

    This Hot Topics webinar was an opportunity for governors and trustees to learn about what's new and happening in education of specific relevance to governance in schools and academy trusts. The session provided a brief update on new regulations, policy and practice that will influence meetings of your governing body/trust this term. The webinar was facilitated by our governance experts Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn. It included updates on; the Ofsted framework, Keeping Children Safe in Education, Data Protection and Teachers' Pay.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2019

  • Clerks' Briefing Webinar (Recorded September 2019)

    This Clerks' Briefing webinar was aimed at Clerks to Governing Boards and Trust Boards in both maintained schools and academies. Get up to speed on the issues that are of relevance to school governance this term, which should influence agenda setting for the term ahead's meetings.

    Consultant: Steve Barker September 2019

  • Better Governor webinar - New to Chairing (Recorded August 2019)

    This Better Governor webinar was aimed at governors who are; new to chairing, about to take up the role of chair, or vice chairs considering the role. The recording is equally relevant for those in maintained schools, academies or free schools. The session focuses on the role of the chair and key aspects of it, including effective working with the headteacher and the clerk to the governing board, as well as reflecting on how the chair provides strong leadership within the expectations that government has of the role. The webinar was facilitated by our two governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn. It is a great resource for anyone new to the role of chairing and provides a helpful introduction to the role.

    Consultant: Steve Barker August 2019

  • Better Governor webinar - New to Clerking (Recorded August 2019)

    This Better Governor webinar, is an opportunity for newly-appointed clerks, in maintained schools and academies, to learn about the role and expectations of clerking in their school or trust. Our mantra at Better Governor is ' What you need to know, when you need to know it' and this session will prepare you for your initial governing board meeting, by developing your understanding of not just your own role but also that of the governing body. This webinar was facilitated by our governance experts Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn and was a mix of input from them together with the opportunity for the audience to ask their own questions.

    Consultant: Steve Barker August 2019

  • Better Governor webinar - New to Governance (Recorded August 2019)

    This Better Governor webinar is an opportunity for newly-appointed governors or academy trustees to develop an understanding of the principles and expectations of effective school governance. The webinar will provide you with an overview of the principles of governance, explain the strategic nature of the role and explore the accountability framework that underpins effective governance. At Better Governor, our mantra is 'What you need to know, when you need to know it': this session is designed to prepare you for your first meeting as a new governor, but also as a precursor to further induction training that you will have access to. This webinar was facilitated by our governance experts Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn and was a mix of input from them together with the opportunity for the audience to ask their own questions.

    Consultant: Steve Barker August 2019

  • Better Strategic Planning for governors and trustees webinar (Recorded July 2019)

    This Better Governor webinar, is an opportunity for all those involved in governance, in maintained schools and academies to reflect on the effectiveness of strategic planning in their school or trust. The Governance Competency Framework sets a clear expectation that Governing/Trust Board's focus on a strategic remit: effective strategic planning is implicit in this. Watch the recording to explore the topic and hear the discussion on what effective practice looks like in 2019. This webinar was facilitated by our governance experts Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn and was a mix of input from them together with opinion polls and the opportunity for the audience to ask their own questions.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2019

  • The role of the Clerk in handling concerns and complaints Webinar 12th June 12pm

    This Clerks’ Forum webinar provides clerks to governing bodies and trust boards with the opportunity to come together with other clerks to talk about good practice in handling parental concerns in schools, including clerking a parental complaint panel. We will refer to the latest Department for Education guidance and ensure that we brief clerks on all relevant materials with suggested actions that are appropriate to clerks in providing advice, support and guidance to governors and trustees.

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2019

  • Hot Topics webinar recording

    This Better Governor webinar was an opportunity for all those involved in governance, in maintained schools and academies to get up to speed with what is happening in education that is specifically relevant to governors, trustees and clerks. The session was an invaluable preparation for Governing Body and Trust Board meetings this term.

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2019

  • Clerks’ Briefing webinar recording May 2019

    The Clerks’ Briefing webinar provided clerks to governing bodies and trust boards with an update on the latest developments in educational policy, practice and consultation that should influence agendas for governing body/trust meetings this term. We briefed clerks on relevant subjects and suggested actions that are appropriate to clerks in providing advice, support and guidance to governors and trustees.

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2019

  • Self-evaluation of the Governing Board webinar recording

    This Better Governor webinar explored how governors, trustees and those serving on Local Academy Committees ensure through rigorous self-evaluation and reflection that governance is effective and fit for purpose, within their school or trust.

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2019

  • Recruiting a Headteacher in 2019 webinar

    This Better Governor webinar will explore the role of governance in recruiting headteachers and focus on best practice in ensuring schoools secure the leadership they deserve. The cost of not being successful in recruiting a headteacher places a significant premium on getting the whole process right first time. Governing Bodies and Trust Boards need to ensure that investing in a recruitment process delivers value for money.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2019

  • Better Governor Clerks' Forum - Data Protection - webinar recording

    This Better Governor, Clerks' Forum webinar explored the governance of data protection, in the light of the 2018 Data Protection Act, with a specific focus on the role of the clerk.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2019

  • Handling Parental Complaints and Conducting an Investigation Webinar recording

    This Better Governor webinar took place on February 27th at 08.00. It explored how governors, trustees and those serving on Local Academy Committees ensure that parental complaints are handled effectively within their schools. Governing Boards are required to ensure that the school or academy has effective systems in place for listening to the views of parents and carers, and responding to their concerns. Governors may also be involved in commissioning or conducting investigations. This webinar also explored best practice issues surrounding parental complaints handling.

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2019

  • Clerks’ Briefing webinar

    This Clerks’ Briefing webinar provided clerks to governing bodies and trust boards with an update on the latest developments in educational policy, practice and consultation that should influence agendas for governing body/trust meetings this term. We briefed clerks on relevant subjects and suggest actions that are appropriate to clerks in providing advice, support and guidance to governors and trustees.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2019

  • Hot Topics Webinar January 2019

    The first Better Governor, Hot Topics webinar of 2019 was held on Thursday 17th January at 7pm. The aim of the sessions was to bring all those involved in governance up to speed with what is happening in education, that is specifically relevant to school governors in academies and maintained schools.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2019

  • Secondary School Performance Data Webinar Dec 12th

    This webinar will provide governors and trustees, in secondary schools, with an overview of Analysing School Performance (ASP) and the Inspection Data Summary Report (IDSR).

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2018

  • Clerks' Forum Webinar

    This Better Governor, Clerks' Forum, webinar focused on the governance of safeguarding children and young people and how this impacts upon the role of the clerk.

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2018

  • Clerks’ Briefing webinar

    This Better Governor Clerks’ Briefing webinar provided clerks to governing bodies and trust boards with an update on the latest developments in educational policy, practice and consultation that should influence agendas for governing body/trust meetings this term. We briefed clerks on relevant subjects and suggest actions that are appropriate to clerks in providing advice, support and guidance to governors and trustees.

    Consultant: Linda Lissimore November 2018

  • Clerking in an Academy or Free School Webinar Recording

    This webinar was aimed at those clerks new to role who wish to develop their awareness and understanding of: • the structure of academies • key documentation • the role of the clerk • clerking competencies

    : November 2018

  • Secondary Matters Webinar

    This Better Governor webinar focused on issues germane to secondary education. In this first of a series of Secondary Matters webinars, we explored the curriculum and how current policy, thought, research and plans to overhaul the Ofsted Inspection framework will influence what is taught in secondary schools going forward.

    Author: Ruth Murton October 2018

  • Chairs' Network

    This Better Governor Chairs’ Network webinar, was an opportunity for chairs of governing bodies, academy trusts and chairs of local academy committees to come together and discuss topical issues, with our resident governance experts in a structured debate.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2018

  • Secondary School Performance Data

    This webinar will provide governors and trustees, in secondary schools, with an overview of Analysing School Performance (ASP) and Inspection Data Summary Reports (IDSR).

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2018

  • Harnessing The Powers of Social Media

    This Better Governor webinar is looking at the impact of social media on our schools. We will be asking if it can it be harnessed it so it becomes a productive tool?

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2018

  • Finance Matters - School Financial Value Standard

    This Better Governor webinar is part of a series of webinars on 'Finance Matters' impacting our schools and academy trusts. This webinar is aimed at maintained schools will explore how make SFVS a valuable tool and how it is a key part of governing bodies ensuring financial compliance and efficiency.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2018

  • GDPR - What Now! - Webinar

    This Better Governor webinar looked at GDPR in our schools and academy trusts and the expectations of the DfE and Information Commissioners Office. Some schools are now responding to subject access requests.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2018

  • Primary Data Webinar - How governors can use ASP/IDSR to monitor school improvement

    This webinar provided governors and trustees, in primary schools, with an overview of Analysing School Performance (ASP) and Inspection Data Summary Reports (IDSR).

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2018

  • Secondary Matters 2018

    This is a new webinar series and termly these webinars will provide governors and trustees, with an opportunity to explore key topics particularly relevant to those in secondary education such as: implementation of careers guidance; the rise in exclusions and off rolling; mental health in teenagers; impact of social media.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2018

  • Chairs' Network- The role of the Chair during an Ofsted inspection

    This Better Governor webinar is one of a series of webinars on 'Finance Matters' focusing on financial issues impacting our schools and academy trusts.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2018

  • Safeguarding 2018

    This term’s Better Governor ‘Safeguarding’ webinar was broadcasted on 2nd October at 7:45pm.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2018

  • Making Every Penny Count

    This 'Finance Matters - Making Every Penny Count' webinar was broadcasted on Wednesday 26th September at 7pm.

    Consultant: Steve Barker September 2018

  • Hot Topics Webinar (September 2018)

    This term’s Better Governor ‘Hot Topics’ webinar was broadcasted on Thursday 20th September at 7pm.

    Consultant: Steve Barker September 2018

  • Confidentiality and Part 2 Minutes (June 2018)

    This Better Governor webinar focused on the confidentiality within governance. We reflected on the use of Part Two minutes, when confidentiality is appropriate, how long certain matters should remain confidential and who has access to minutes of part two discussions.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2018

  • Ensuring the needs of disadvantaged pupils are met (June 2018)

    This Better Governor webinar explores how governors, trustees and those serving on Local Academy Committees ensure the needs of disadvantaged pupils are met within their schools.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2018

  • Chairs' Network What Constitutes part 2 (June 2018)

    This Chairs' Network webinar provided the opportunity for chairs, co-chairs and others who were interested, to come together and explore topical issues that are relevant to the leadership of governance in schools and academy trusts.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2018

  • Considering becoming the Chair? (June 2018)

    This Better Governor webinar explores the role of the chair of the governing body/trust board/local academy committee and the expectations of the position, from the perspective of governors and trustees who are considering or planning to put themselves forward for election, either as Chair or co-Chair.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2018

  • Chairs' Development Programme Cohort #1 Unit 2 (June 2018)

    This short webinar, facilitated by Ruth Murton builds on Session One and encourages you to reflect on your learning so far.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2018

  • Governance of Safeguarding (June 2018)

    This Better Governor webinar focuses on the safeguarding in 2018 reflecting not just the changes in the new Keeping Children Safe in Education, for September 2018, but also looking at emerging themes in the ever-changing challenge of safeguarding children and young people.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2018

  • Better Governor Podcast – Headteacher Appraisal

    This short podcast features two of our governance experts, Steve Barker and Ruth Murton, discussing Headteacher Appraisal.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2018

  • Chairs' Network- What Constitutes 'Part 2' Webinar (May 2018)

    This Better Governor Chairs’ Network webinar, is an opportunity for chairs of governing bodies, academy trusts and chairs of local academy committees to come together and discuss topical issues, with our resident governance experts in a structured debate. 

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2018

  • How does governance change you join a MAT? Webinar (May 2018)

    This Better Governor webinar reflects on how governance changes when schools convert to academy status and join a multi-academy trust.

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2018

  • Clerks' Briefing Webinar (May 2018)

    This Clerks’ Briefing webinar provides clerks with an update on the latest developments in educational policy; practice; and consultation, together with guidance on how to ensure these items are covered in governing body/trust board meetings this term.

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2018

  • Hot Topics Webinar (April 2018)

    This webinar provides all governors, trustees, those who serve on Local Academy Committees and clerks with the opportunity to get up to speed on what is happening in education, that is specifically relevant to all those with an interest in school governance.

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2018

  • Clerks' Forum Webinar (March 2018)

    This Better Governor Clerks' Forum focused on the clerk's role in supporting governance through ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction. 

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2018

  • Introduction Webinar to Better Chairing Development Programme (March 2018)

    This webinar provided chairs and aspiring chairs, in both maintained schools and academies, embarking on our new Better Governor Chair's Development Programme, with an introduction to, and overview of the programme, prior to the initial face-to-face session. 

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2018

  • Introduction Webinar to Better Clerking Development Programme (January 2018)

    This webinar provides an overview of the Better Governor, Better Clerking Development Programme, to those clerks who have registered.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2018

  • GDPR: What Governors Need to Know - Webinar (March 2018)

    This webinar focused on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).The webinar recording is relevant for governors and trustees in both maintained secondary schools and secondary academies.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2018

  • Analyse School Performance: Secondary Schools (January 2018)

    This webinar focused on the recently-published secondary school pupil performance data, contained within the new reports, Analysing School Performance (ASP) and the Inspection Data Summary report (IDSR).

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2018

  • Clerks’ Briefing Webinar (January 2018)

    This webinar, recorded on 22nd January, briefs clerks on the latest developments in education that should be influencing governing body/trust board agendas this term.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2018

  • Hot Topics Webinar (January 2018)

    This webinar, recorded on 8th January 2018, briefs governors and clerks on the latest developments in education that are relevant to governance.

    Consultant: Steve Barker January 2018

  • Hot Topics Webinar (November 2017)

    This webinar, recorded on 20th November, briefs governors and clerks on the latest developments in education that are relevant to governance.

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2017

  • Analyse School Performance (ASP) for Primary School Webinar (November 2017)

    This webinar, recorded on 13th November, for governors and clerks in maintained schools and academies. The webinar focuses on the new Analyse School Performance the replacement for RAISEonline and the new Inspection Data Summary Report (IDSR).

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2017

  • Chairs’ Forum Webinar (October 2017)

    This webinar, recorded on 4th October, brought chairs of governing bodies and academy trusts together from across the country to talk about Ofsted inspections and their role before, during and after.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2017

  • Hot Topics Webinar (October 2017)

    This webinar, recorded on 19th October, briefs governors and clerks on the latest developments in education that are relevant to governance.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2017

  • Clerks’ Briefing Webinar (October 2017)

    This webinar, recorded on 18th October, briefs clerks on the latest developments in education that should be influencing governing body/trust board agendas this term.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2017

  • What we should expect of Governors & Trustees? - Webinar (July 2017)

    This webinar 'What we should expect of Governors & Trustees?' took place on Tuesday 4th July. You can now watch the full recording of the session here....

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2017

  • Staff Restructuring – What Governors need to know

    This screencast introduces Governors to the key elements of the process required to implement staff restructuring, including the minimum legal obligations and best practice procedure. Watch this informative video here now...

    Consultant: Kirstie Young April 2017

  • Hot Topics Webinar (April 2017)

    Keep informed with our last Hot Topics webinar! This session will bring you up-to-date with the main developments in education legislation, policy and news that are relevant to school governors and clerks. Watch the replay here now...

    Author: Ruth Murton April 2017

  • Hot Topics Webinar (March 2017)

    Keep informed with our last Hot Topics webinar! This session will bring you up-to-date with the main developments in education legislation, policy and news that are relevant to school governors and clerks. Watch the replay here now...

    Author: Ruth Murton March 2017

  • Hot Topics Webinar (January 2017)

    Keep informed at our next Hot Topics webinar! This session will bring you up-to-date with the main developments in education legislation, policy and news that are relevant to school governors and clerks. Register now...

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2016

  • RAISEonline for Primary School Governors Webinar (December 2016)

    This webinar coincides with the launch of the 2016 RAISEonline. This will be an informative event specifically for Primary School Governors. Watch the recording of this session here now...

    Consultant: Steve Barker December 2016

  • RAISEonline for Secondary School Governors Webinar (December 2016)

    This webinar coincides with the launch of the 2016 RAISEonline. This will be an informative event specifically for Secondary School Governors. Watch the recording of this session here now...

    Consultant: Steve Barker November 2016

  • Hot Topics Webinar (November 2016)

    The next Better Governor live Hot Topics webinar will take place on Wednesday 9th November 7pm – 8pm. This webinar will focus on current Hot Topics in education. Watch the recording of this session here now...

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2016

  • KS4 headline performance measures explained (screencast)

    This screencast delivers a concise explanation of the KS4 headline performance measures for 2016. To watch this video which lasts around 10 minutes, please click here now....

    Author: Ruth Murton October 2016

  • Schools that work for everyone (screencast)

    In this screencast, Ruth Murton provides an explanation of the Department for Education consultation – Schools that work for everyone. Please click here to watch the video now...

    Author: Ruth Murton October 2016

  • Pupil Well-Being Webinar (October 2016)

    Our next webinar will focus on pupil well-being, a key element of the Ofsted judgement Personal Development Behaviour and Welfare. Please register now to attend this live event.....

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2016

  • Self Evaluation of Governance (podcast)

    This podcast features a focused discussion between two highly experienced governance experts in relation to self-evaluation and how this is the key to successful improvement. Download and listen to this insightful podcast now...

    Consultant: Steve Barker September 2016

  • School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document (podcast)

    This podcast features a focused discussion between Steve Barker and Ruth Murton, both experienced governors and governance experts, on the latest version of the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD). Listen now....

    Author: Ruth Murton September 2016

  • Hot Topics Webinar (September 2016)

    The next Hot Topics webinar will take place at 7pm on September 8th and will be approximately 1 hour in duration. The webinar will cover an update on Ofsted inspections, governor details on Edubase, English as an additional language and School Financial Health Checks. Register here now to attend this next event....

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2016

  • 100 days as a school governor podcast

    This podcast explores what new school governors should be aware of and do in the first 100 days after their appointment/election.

    Author: Ruth Murton August 2016

  • Term-time holidays (podcast)

    Download and listen to this Better Governor podcast now to ensure that you are aware of the key issues on attendance, brought into the media spotlight recently, as a result of the High Court Ruling on term-time holidays from school...

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2016

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education Webinar (July 2016)

    This Better Governor webinar will focus on the newly published DfE Statutory guidance on Safeguarding for schools that comes into effect in September 2016. The early publication of this draft guidance has been timed to allow schools to become familiar with the changes, in readiness for implementation in September.

    Consultant: Steve Barker June 2016

  • Collaboration between schools podcast

    This podcast is a discussion between two highly experienced governors sharing their views on the options and benefits of schools working more closely together and the key issues around schools collaborating.

    Author: Ruth Murton June 2016

  • Hot Topics Webinar (June 2016)

    With the Queen's Speech, last week, we now have more detailed information on how the government plans to take forward some of the announcements made in the White Paper, Educational Excellence Everywhere, in late March. We will issue a full list of the topics to be covered nearer the time.

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2016

  • Safeguarding podcast

    This Better Governor podcast focuses on the key elements of safeguarding in schools and what school governors and clerks need to know about it.

    Consultant: Steve Barker May 2016

  • Hot Topics Webinar (April 2016)

    This webinar will focus on current Hot Topics in education, ensuring that governors and clerks are aware of the key developments in legislation, policy and practice, that are specifically relevant to the work of governing bodies in maintained schools, academies, free schools and non-maintained free schools.

    Consultant: Steve Barker April 2016

  • The Prevent Duty - Podcast

    This subscriber podcast explores The Prevent Duty and and what it means to schools. It provides governors and clerks, in maintained schools and academies with a quick, easy-to-understand overview of what governors need to know about Prevent and how to ensure that schools are responding to this vital element of safeguarding.

    Consultant: Steve Barker March 2016

  • Financial School Performance subscriber podcast

    Financial School Performance subscriber podcast

    Consultant: Steve Barker February 2016

  • Academies Financial Handbook - Podcast

    A short audio podcast outlining the key changes that governors and clerks should be aware of, within the September 2015 version of the Academies Financial Handbook.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2015

  • New Ofsted Framework VIDEO

    This subscriber content video outlines the key changes in new Ofsted framework introduced in September 2015. Its focus is on what governors in maintained schools, academies and free schools in England need to know. This video applies to Governors in maintained schools, academies and free schools in England.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2015

  • Ofsted Short Inspections VIDEO

    This subscriber video explores the key implications of the new Ofsted short inspections for governors in maintained schools, academies and free schools in England.

    Consultant: Steve Barker October 2015

  • Safer Recruitment E-learning Programme

    Make recruitment safe in your school with this 90-minute personnel online training course. It will support your personnel teams to make recruitment safe in your school and deliver HR function in line with your statutory responsibilities

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2015

  • Outcomes for Pupils

    Subscriber content: This training pack will provide any experienced governor with the tools they need to deliver this interactive training to their Governing Body in school.

    Consultant: Steve Barker July 2015

  • Headteacher Appraisal and Salary Review:

    Subscriber content: Guidance for governing body Headteacher Appraisal Panels with information they need when carrying out their Headteacher Appraisal and reviewing the Headteacher's salary.

    Consultant: Debbie Clapshaw July 2015

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Ofsted – The Quality of Education Webinar - 26th November 2019

This webinar will focus on the new judgement in the Ofsted framework, the quality of education. We will explore in detail how Ofsted will be judging this aspect of the school’s work and the evidence they expect, within the context of the strategic overview, that as governors, we are expected to take. The session will be facilitated by our governance experts; Steve Barker and Linda Waghorn and will be a mix of input from them together with opinion polls conducted in real time and the opportunity for governors, trustees and clerks to ask questions, either by typing them on the dashboard or being invited to ask them live on air.