One of the many benefits from joining the NGA is that you will have access to the NGA magazine, Governing Matters. Governing Matters is a bi-monthly magazine for governors that will keep you updated and informed about the latest changes and good practice. All members can access the magazine in a PDF format on the NGA website and, depending on your membership, you may also receive it in hard copy.
Click on the front covers of the magazine to access a PDF copy (please note that only members can access magazines in this way).
Primary school improvement
Non-members can view the September/October 2013 edition
, which will give you an idea of what the magazine has to offer.
Below we highlight some of the stories that have featured in recent editions of Governing Matters to give you an insight into what it covers.
Focus on Ofsted
- We examine the emphasis on governance and LA league tables
Keys to success
- How effective use of data can drive improvement
A world-class curriculum
- The new reforms offer opportunities to innovate
- How to retain a successful governance structure
- A governance manager's experience
Governing more than one school
- A challenge for governors
The great education debate
- Delegates at the NGA annual conference share their views
Paying for it all
- The role of the Education Funding Agency
- Working together to improve standards
- Governors' responsibilities explained
Ensuring high quality teaching
- Governors' vital supporting role
- Don't overlook this crucial stakeholder group
Find us a clerk!
- NGA's new matchmaking service
Why we must raise standards
- The employers' perspective
An end to the postcode lottery
- The importance of narrowing the attainment gap
NGA Summer Conference
- Education minister Lord Nash pledges more support for governance
School governance in England reviewed
- Education select committee recognises the importance of training and clerking
What do governors really think?
- Results from the NGA/TES annual survey
The world of work
- How schools and governors can best support young people
- Commission seeks views on best way forward
The NGA Awards
- Celebrating outstanding governing bodies and clerks
Performance related pay
- Key issues for governors
Professionalising the role of clerk
- Our ambition for the future
- Governors reveal the routes to success
Maximising the return on governors' investment
- Lord Nash sets out his proposals
Collaboration: the key to improving standards
- Shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg looks to the future
The FFT Governor Dashboard
- A new way of accessing performance data
- What governors need to know
Listening to pupils
- Taking account of the student voice brings all-round benefits
Changes to school teachers' pay
- What governing bodies and headteachers need to know
Lessons from City Challenge
- A positive approach to successful school improvement
The growth of academies
- How governors' role is changing
Whose school is it anyway? -
Speakers and delegates at the NGA annual conference give their views
Closing the education divide
- How to get the most from pupil premium
NGA members speak out
- Results from the 2012 membersip survey
Taking the chair
- Research confirms the importance of this vital role
- Governors' key role in raising standards
Working in partnership
- What school leaders and governing bodies should expect from each other
- The latest changes explained
Speak up for clerks!
- NGA is working with partners to support greater professionalism
NGA policy conference -
Her Majesty's Chief Inspector shares his thoughts on governance
The pupil premium
- Helping to close the acheivement gap
Governing body composition
- Time to review your working practices
- 20 key questions to set you on the right path
Policies and Procedures
- The NGA Policy Manager explains the difference and what the governing body should be doing and not doing.
Government Supporting Governors
- The School's Minister, Lord Hill, oulines the current situation for governors and where he hopes to see progress in the future.
The Relationship Between the Chair and the Head
- A look at the ways of making this vital partnership a success.
- Proposals from the 2012 Fellowship Commission.
Recruting the Best Head for your School
- The National College gives seven steps to recruitment success.
- How e-learning can help.
In My Experience - My First Year as Chair
- Carol Long recalls her first year as chair and some of the things that she did.
Engaging with Parents
- Tips for a sucessful survey.