The highs and the…..highs of 2013!

Who would have thought it? Nobody could be more surprised than us how something which started life as a random Sunday morning tweet would become so popular and be so well received. Our first ever #ukgovchat was held on 10th March 2013. Since then we have gone from strength to strength and are delighted to have so many loyal and engaged followers. Along the way we have tackled some difficult topics, had some chuckles, offered support to each other and enjoyed some fabulous cakes!

Most importantly,though, we have made some really good friends.

We have attended NGA events

and a Modern Governor event.

Lord Nash told us that someone from his office would be following @UKGovChat to keep up with what we as governors were thinking!

Our weekly chats have proved to be very popular and we’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our hosts throughout the year. There are over 60 chats storified now with topics ranging from ‘Effective Governance’ to ‘Ofsted Expectations’. These sessions have been so popular that we have even trended on Twitter, finishing ahead of Downton Abbey!

#ukgovchat made the shortlist in the Best Twitter Hashtag for Education 2013 and placed 9th out of 15, a great achievement considering we only started in March!

As we come to the end of 2013, we thought we should take this opportunity to thank you all for your support. We, at UKGovChat headquarters, will continue to do all we can to raise the capacity and profile of governors. Have a lovely Christmas and see you in January 2014.

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