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Welcome to the Guidance section of the NGA website. Here you will find guidance documents and information on a number of topics. For ease of use we have split our information into the categories below.
This section is your clerk’s reference guide, containing the latest updates in the law so that they can be your source of information and advice.
NGA is re-writing the government’s ‘Governors’ Guide to the Law’ as a new ‘Clerks’ Guide to the Law,’ which will be gradually uploaded to this section.
Find out more about sources of funding for all types of school, staffing issues, and about working with your senior leadership team.
Here you can learn about the various government funding for schools, including various premiums, such as the pupil premium and sport premium. The staffing section has information about recruitment, pay and performance management, redundancy, and capability.
This section contains valuable information on how you can improve the effectiveness of your governing board, and consequently your school.
There are a number of tools available to download that you can use in your meetings to help improve, including a skills audit, code of practice, the APPG's 20 questions and evaluation framework. As the leader of the board, chairs are instrumental in leading change, and you can find out about the training and development opportunities available to chairs in this section. In addition, there are resources looking at the governing board's relationship with the clerk and this working relationship.
Holding the school to account for its performance is one of the key tasks of the governing board.
Learn about the role of Ofsted and what they expect from you and the school, how to monitor the performance of the school, and how to effectively challenge your school leaders. This section will help you to look at data for you school and interpret it to get a picture of its performance. You can look at the basic level, or dive deep into the RAISEonline data to identify any areas the school might be weaker in.
Are you reviewing the structure of your school? Or have you just joined a school and what to find out more about the type of school it is?
Learn about the differences between local authority maintained schools, academies, free schools, co-operative trusts, federations, and everything in between!
This section is where you will find our Q&A on constitution, academies, sponsored academy conversion, federations and more.
Pupils and parents are two of the key stakeholders in the school.
This section covers everything from admissions and exclusions, to special educational needs, behaviour, curriculum, and careers.
Getting to grips with terminology in education can take a while. Look up abbreviations, acronyms, and other jargon in our glossary.
Read about the latest research into education and governance, and download the reports here. NGA's own research is also available here.