The NGA Magazine - Governing Matters

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).


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

Growing federations - How to retain a successful governance structure

Clerking Matters - A governance manager's experience

January/February 2014

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

Co-operative trusts - Working together to improve standards

Pay appeals - Governors' responsibilities explained

November/December 2013

Ensuring high quality teaching - Governors' vital supporting role

Staff surveys - 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

September/October 2013

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

Primary assessment - Commission seeks views on best way forward

July/August 2013

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

Federations - Governors reveal the routes to success

May/June 2013

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

Post-16 Education - What governors need to know

March/April 2013

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

January/February 2013

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

November/December 2012

Primary school improvement - Governors' key role in raising standards

Working in partnership - What school leaders and governing bodies should expect from each other

School funding - The latest changes explained

Speak up for clerks! - NGA is working with partners to support greater professionalism

September/October 2012

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

Effective governance - 20 key questions to set you on the right path

July/August 2012

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.

Good Governance - Proposals from the 2012 Fellowship Commission.


May/June 2012

Recruting the Best Head for your School - The National College gives seven steps to recruitment success.

Governors Training - 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.



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