Developing an effective governing board

It is important that every governing board reviews its performance as a whole and NGA recommend that this exercise is carried out internally annually. Governing boards may also wish for an external perspective on their performance, or an external review may be recommended by Ofsted.

Please contact or call 0121  237 3780 for more information.

NGA offers the following options for developing your governing board:

Getting the right people round the table 

This two hour session covers the competency framework, recruitment procedures and the management of the board

Your governance framework: understanding the role and responsibilities

This two hour session is designed as an overview and can be delivered to governors of maintained schools, or trustees of single academy trusts or multi academy trusts.  

Being strategic: an introduction

This two hour session focuses on the strategic board and introduces the Framework for Governance.  

Being strategic: governing groups of schools

This session looks at the options from federation to forming or joining a MAT

Being strategic: managing risk

This two hour session introduces the concept of risk, risk management techniques and some of the risks school organisations should be considered

Holding to account: performance management

This two hour session covers the basic principles of performance management and how the governing board should lead and manage the process.

Holding to account: knowing your organisation – safeguarding

This two hour session focuses on the governor and trustee role in ensuring that their organisations are safe places for pupils. 

Holding to account: knowing your school - the data and beyond

This two hour session will raise governors’ and trustees' awareness of the data sources, the extent to which they can be analysed, and other means by which governors and trustees can get to know their school. 

Holding to account: knowing your organisation - the effective governance of SEND

This two hour session covers both the requirement to comply with guidance and the practicalities of holding the school to account for the performance of pupils with SEND

Holding to account: knowing your organisation school - governor and trustee visits

This two hour session will develop governors’ and trustees’ understanding of why visits matter, their purpose, and the framework that needs to be established to enable effective visiting to take place.

Holding to account: panel work

This two hour session covers the principles of panel work and the practicalities of setting up a panel for complaints, exclusions or disciplinary hearings

Holding to account: question, challenge and courageous conversations

This two hour session on the approach governors and trustees should take when questioning and challenging and when, and how, to conduct a courageous conversation

Financial oversight: financial management in your organisation

This two hour session will raise governors' and trustees' awareness of their responsibilities for financial oversight, ensuring value for money and making an impact.  


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