NGA Membership Benefits


The NGA offers several different types of membership to suit different situations. All of the benefits are listed below. To find out what each membership includes and for pricing information, visit the Membership Options page. If you're already a member and want to know how to take advantage of these benefits, have a look at our page on accessing membership benefits.

Membership benefits

The NGA website

Our website is the information source for governors, with a public section containing general information and events, plus a members' area where you can find detailed up-to-date guidance, an education glossary for governors, research of interest to governors, information about our links with other education organisations, reports on ministerial lobbying and analysis of government initiatives.

NGA Magazine

Our magazine 'Governing Matters' is a high quality colour magazine written by and for governors, and published six times a year. The NGA magazine offers thought provoking articles on all aspects of education and governance. The only way to receive Governing Matters is to become a member of the NGA.

NGA Newsletter

The NGA weekly e-newsletter is an essential briefing document for any governor or governor support officer. The newsletter gives details of new research, government consultation papers, policy announcements, legislation, together with a summary of recent education stories in the media. 

NGA Guidance Centre

Detailed information summaries on a wide range of school governance issues, including: fiance and staffing, school structures, school improvement, being a governor and teaching and learning. You can also find individual articles from Governing Matters in relevant sections of guidance.

NGA Guides

The NGA has produced two guides which together offer a comprehensive resource for governing bodies, covering induction to the governing body and to the role of the chair. NGA members receive a generous discount off both these publications. More information about our guides.

NGA conferences

The NGA runs national conferences, and a number of regional events. Being a member of the NGA will entitle you or your governing body to a certain number of free places at NGA events; how many will depend on your membership type. Our conferences draw high profile speakers – including ministers – and have focussed on a whole series of key issues facing governing bodies, including: head teacher recruitment, extended schools, workforce remodelling and pupil assessment. More information about our conferences

Exclusive to GOLD members:

NGA advice

We have a national office in Birmingham, with professional staff who work hard to support NGA members across the country. We provide direct advice to GOLD governing body members, which they can access by phoning their own dedicated GOLDline.

NGA Legal Support

The NGA is working with the leading education law firm Browne Jacobson to offer an independent legal support service for NGA GOLD members. More information about our legal service.

Governor induction certificate

Educare is an online certification of your knowledge. It is based on Welcome to Governance. GOLD members can register up to six people each year on this course for free. For other members and additional places, the course is £14.95. Find our more at