NGA is passionate about raising the profile of good governance and recognising the valuable contributions of governors, trustees, and clerks, through our Visible governance in Schools campaign.  As part of this campaign, we are renewing our efforts to encourage and support the nominations of governors, trustees and clerks for national honours.

Why nominate someone for an honour?

Honours are a great way of recognising the achievements of ordinary school governors, trustees and clerks doing extraordinary things in their communities. They are awarded to individuals who have made outstanding achievements, devoted themselves to selfless voluntary service and made a significant and profound impact on the lives of others.

To receive a national honour is not only a substantial recognition for the individual, but also demonstrates the contribution of governance to education on the national stage.

What makes a strong candidate? 

Think of those who have gone above and beyond in commitment and passion for their governance role and those who have made a significant contribution to the education of the children and young people in their schools and communities. An honour is not a reward for doing a ‘good day’s work’, or a reward for the length of service. It is about the impact the person has made.

Nominate a governor, trustee or clerk for an honour

If you know of an individual who should be recognised for their work, then why not consider nominating them for an honour? Anyone can make the nomination for a national honour but it helps if you can give a good overview of your nominee's work over time and demonstrate the wider positive impact of their work. You will need to be able to show how their work has had a wider positive impact and at what level this has been. For example, at local, regional or national level. Nominations should include examples and evidence to support these statements.

How to make the nomination

NGA is here to support the nomination of governors, trustees and clerks for honours. Visit our dedicated Knowledge Centre page for guidance, nomination forms and contact details.

Read the guidance

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