Resources for Governing Boards

Ready to start recruiting? Download our user guide for governing boards, which shows you step-by-step how to find and message volunteers, and post your vacancies on the Inspiring Governance site.

Other Resources

Many schools take out NGA membership for their whole governing board, so that all governors have access to valuable information and advice, including the samples below.

 

Getting the Right People Around the Table – How to recruit great new governors and trustees

Welcome to Governance – an induction guide for both LA maintained schools and academies

Welcome to a Multi Academy Trust – Guidance for new trustees and senior leaders

The Chair’s Handbook: a guide for chairs and aspiring chairs An induction guide for MAT trustees

20 Key Questions for Governing Boards – Key questions a governing board should ask itself, published by NGA and the All Party Group on Education Governance and Leadership

21 Questions for Multi-academy Trusts – Key questions a MAT board should ask itself, published by NGA and the All Party Group on Education Governance and Leadership

Guidance on the crucial role of the chair – Developed jointly with NGA and available on the NCTL website

Skills audit and matrix, structured around the core functions of the board to help them identify skills and knowledge they need to deliver their functions effectively, versions for single schools and MATs

A Framework for Governance – how governing boards can evaluate their own practice, set the strategic direction for their school and monitor progress

NGA’s Model Code of Conduct – helps boards draft their own code of conduct, one which sets out the purpose of the board and describes the appropriate relationship between individuals, the whole board and the leadership team of the school.

Governance Handbook and Competency Framework for advice on roles, duties, size and membership of governing bodies