Resources for Governing Boards


Tips For Using Inspiring Governance – Recruiters (Pdf)



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

Reviewing effectiveness

It is good practice for a governing board to review its own effectiveness annually. Skills audits and self-evaluation tools will help you reflect on whether your constitution, membership and skills are fit for purpose:

There are a range of trained and experienced organisations, such as NGA, and individuals such as National Leaders of Governance, who may be able to help you with this process.

The process of review will help you take stock, decide what skills and experience you need and how your current governing board compares with that ideal. You can then identify your training needs and set out to recruit to fill any gaps.