Celebrating Governance

We are passionate about recognising the achievements of school governors, trustees and clerks. Here's how you can say thank you to a brilliant governing board or an outstanding individual.   


Click here to enter the 2016-17 awards 

Nominate a governing board or clerk for NGA's Oustanding Governance Awards

Our awards for outstanding governance are held every two years and are open to any government funded school in England. The aim is to celebrate good school governance and examples of best practice throughout the governing and clerking community.

In 2015 we invited our six GB finalists and four clerks to a prize-giving event at the House of Commons. Our next round of applications will open in 2016, so watch this space!  To read about the 2015 event click here

Nominate a governor or trustee for a national honour

An honour is for those who have made a positive difference to the lives
of children, adults and other people in their community. It recognises people who have made significant achievements in public life or committed themselves to serving their community. People who receive an honour have made life better for others.

An honour is not a reward for doing a “good day’s work”, or a reward for the length of service. It is about the impact the person has made. Therefore it is important to be specific about how the your nominee’s contribution has made a difference to children and young people.

"I’m pleased to see that governors are increasingly getting the recognition that they deserve in the public eye as well. You may well have noticed that the Queen's Birthday Honours was littered with awards for people who contribute to school governance, including Clare Collins, Lead Consultant to the NGA. And I really would encourage you to nominate your fellow governors as well."  Rt. Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education. 

Have you received local recognition or a national honour? Tell us about it. Email mark.gardner@nga.org.uk
and you could feature in the next Governing Matters magazine. 

What makes a strong candidate?   

A strong candidate is someone whom has delivered outstanding governance in their school, group of schools, local authority area or wider community. You'll be able to show how their work has had a wider positive impact and at what level this has been. For  example, at local, regional or national level. Nominations should include examples and evidence to support these statements. For instance, examples of how a governor has mentored other governors in their area, sustained or improved Ofsted gradings under testing circumstances, improved pupil performance data despite local pressures, or working to support a local association or network of governors. 

How to make the nomination

Visit our dedicated page for more information, application forms and contact details. www.nga.org.uk/honours 


Image: Upland Primary School, recipients of an NGA Special Commendation