Growing Governance

Growing Governance is a national campaign developed by the National Governors’ Association to celebrate our 10-year anniversary. We’re challenging school governors and trustees in England to step up and set the educational agenda in 2016 and beyond, inspire others with their ideas and creativity and establish themselves as strategic thinkers and leaders.

Our goals

  1. Celebrate the difference made by governors and trustees as strategic thinkers and leaders who act in the children’s interests
  2. Increase education sector awareness about the role and responsibilities of school governors and trustees  - particularly the responsibility to set the vision, and ethos of the schools and their offer to pupils
  3. Challenge governors and trustees to step up and embrace the ability to take charge of the educational offer, and to publicise their actions to a wider audience, including MPs

Growing Governance Day 

We're asking governors and trustees to engage the whole school community  in a debate about the education of pupils, with the view to creating or refreshing an exciting vision that brings together the whole school in determining it. 

We realise that a number of barriers might prevent boards from creating a clear and meaningful vision, not least the misconception that it is simply unnecessary or just a long-forgotten paragraph on the school’s website. 
 
But it is the starting point for everything the school is trying to achieve.  Think of your vision and ethos as the school’s DNA. 
 
Share your vision with the local community, local councillors and your MP. Talking about what you’re trying to achieve...raises the profile of school governance and has the power to kickstart change. 
 
Clarity of vision is one of three core functions for every governing board, and it’s our privilege as governors and trustees to ensure that the vision, ethos and strategic direction of our school or schools are clearly defined. From this vision stems your strategy; armed with your strategy, the school’s leaders can set about developing their plans to achieve your targets. 
 
We know that there are many factors – qualifications and tests, performance tables, Ofsted, funding – that limit the freedoms governing boards have, or at least can feel as though they constrain us. Yet there is much room in the school year for doing things differently, if we all have the confidence to do so.
 
Why not host a Growing Governance event at your school to really work on your vision and engage with the community? 
 
You should aim to collect the views of the whole school community – pupils, parents, staff, the wider community and local employers – and then use the time with your senior leaders to consider these views, to think about the school’s strengths and weaknesses, and the opportunities and threats on the horizon, before settling on the vision.
 

Download the Growing Governance resource pack!

We've created a new resource pack exclusively for NGA members which sets out:
 
  • How to create a vision
  • Being strategic (mission, values and aims)
  • Achieving your vision
  • Turning vision into strategy
  • Evaluation
Combine our new Growing Governance resource pack with A Framework for Governance: a flexible guide to strategic planning, to give you everything you need to create a vision and strategic plan.
 
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Download the Growing Governance resource pack exclusively for NGA members
 
Download A Framework for Governance: a flexible guide to strategic planning!
 
But don’t stop there. Share your vision with the local community, local councillors and your MP. Talking about what you’re trying to achieve and the challenges you encounter in the process raises the profile of school governance and has the power to kickstart change. 
 
We hope this will be a real opportunity to improve the way you engage with your parents and your community. We hope you will be proud of what you produce.
 
Later this year, enter our Outstanding Governance Awards, when we’ll be asking you to include your vision. It is time for us to reclaim the educational agenda and creating a vision is just the start! 
 
Are you planning a Growing Governance day? Tell us about it! Tweet us @NGAMedia #growinggovernance and email mark.gardner@nga.org.uk
 
 
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