NGA’s Outstanding Governance Awards 2021 are now closed for nominations. 

Our biennial awards are the only national education awards to recognise the contribution of governing boards, clerks and lead governance professionals. They provide an opportunity to share the best practice in school and trust governance and demonstrate the positive contribution that good governance makes to the school system and the education of children and young people.

The 2021 awards are part of NGA’s Visible Governance in Schools Campaign which seeks to increase awareness and understanding of the role of governance in the school system through a year of action which celebrates the power of governance, the people that volunteer for the role and the value that good governance brings to the school system.

Our finalists will be invited to a prestigious ceremony at the House of Commons in autumn term 2021 where awards will be presented to the winners (subject to COVID-19 rules).  

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Read all about the finalists and winners of the 2019 awards.

Our media partner for the awards is Schools Week.

These awards are for governing boards or individual clerks or governance professionals. If you wish to recognise individual governors or trustees consider nominating them for a national honours. You can find information on the process and how NGA can help here.

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