Guidance

Guidance documents and information

Key guidance and documentation links for governors to download essential guides, handbooks, codes of practice, etc.

National Governors' Association

Added: Monday 10th August 2015

Updated: Tuesday 18th August 2015


All Parliamentary Group on Education Governance and Leadership/NGA: Twenty Key Questions for the Governing Board to ask itself

Strong governance is essential for good schools. In too many schools, governing boards are not effective or confident enough. One of a governing board’s three key functions is to support and challenge headteachers; holding them to account so that pupils get the best possible education. But governing boards also need support and challenge.

A number of organisations, including NGA and the Key, have developed material to both help governing boards evaluate their performance using these questions, and to take action following the review to improve governance practice.

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National Governors' Association

Added: Friday 7th August 2015

Updated: Wednesday 19th August 2015


All Parliamentary Group on Education Governance and Leadership/NGA: Twenty One Questions for Multi-Academy Trusts

This follows on from the ‘Twenty questions every governing board should ask itself’ providing a separate dedicated set of questions aimed at Multiacademy
Trusts (MATs).

The main difference is the addition of a section on governance structures; MATs tend to have multiple layers of governance but their respective roles have not always been defined well. The structure of any organisation must be designed to enable the achievement of its core purpose – the core purpose of any school is to improve the outcomes for children and young people. Different MATs can and will have different structures – the key question for any MAT is whether the structure supports better outcomes for children and young people.

Although it is intended as a self evaluation tool the framework of questions provide a useful framework of questions for any governing body contemplating conversion to academy status to either ask themselves or any potential academy sponsor.

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National Governors' Association

Added: Wednesday 19th August 2015

Updated: Wednesday 19th August 2015


NGA/Wellcome Trust: A Framework for Governance

The National Governors’ Association (NGA) and the Wellcome Trust have jointly developed the Framework for Governance, an essential document for all governing boards to help them effectively carry out their vital role. It is a flexible guide, so can be used by any school regardless of phase, type or governance structure.

For further details on the NGA Website see Framework for Governance.  You might also usefully refer to 'Questions for Governors' which builds on the Framework helping governing bodies identify areas to celebrate or challenge in their schools, enabling them to work with their senior leaders to drive improvement.

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National Governors' Association

Added: Friday 7th August 2015

Updated: Monday 21st September 2015


NGA Skills Audit

This audit is a useful way of assessing the skills, knowledge and experience of your governing body. In the 2013 NGA/TES survey, 80% of respondents said their governing body uses a skills audit.  Of these, 78% used it to identify training needs and 45% used it when recruiting new governors.

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National Governors' Association

Added: Tuesday 15th September 2015

Updated: Tuesday 15th September 2015


NGA: Forming or Joining a Group of Schools

The guide has been published by the NGA in association with ASCL Association of School and College Leaders and Browne Jacobson Education Lawyers for schools which want to join forces as they consider whether to form or join federations or multi academy trusts (MATs) to share expertise, improve both the curricula and extra-curricula offer to pupils and further raise standards.

It is aimed at senior leaders and governors and spells out the benefits and types of collaboration, as well as the steps they need to take to form a group of schools accountable to one governing board. More than half of academies are now part of multi-academy trusts, and maintained schools are coming together in federations.

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National Governors' Association

Added: Monday 21st September 2015

Updated: Monday 21st September 2015


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