NGA’s Outstanding Governance Awards 2021 are now open 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.
Entries to the awards can be submitted until 9am on Monday 26 April.
- Find out more about each of our six categories below
- Download a category information sheet to find out who can be nominated, the criteria and how to make a successful nomination
- Download and complete the nomination form and send this to [email protected] by 9am on Monday 26 April.
Our six categories
Who can enter?
The awards are open to all types and phases of state-funded schools and trusts in England (see category information sheets for details). You may also nominate, or be nominated by, a third party such as your executive leader or a governance support service. You do not need to be a member of the National Governance Association. Entry is free; for full details please refer to the terms and conditions.
- Gain deserved recognition for your governing board, clerk or lead governance professional
- Have your diligence, commitment and model practice recognised through a high-quality judging process
- Lead the way as an exemplar of good school governance and inspire fellow governors, trustees, clerks and lead governance professionals with your practice
- Take an opportunity to reflect on your governing board’s work against the awards criteria
- Promote the vital role of your governing board in the school’s development and success
- Give your school and its community cause for celebration
NGA’s expert team will review all entries and a compile a shortlist for the judges. We may contact you for further information for longlisting or shortlisting purposes to support your nomination (details on this can be found on the nomination forms). A panel of judges will visit each of the shortlisted entries, either in person or virtually, to meet and interview the nominated board or individual, and to consider evidence that supports the nomination.
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).
Please email any queries to [email protected]
Read the full terms and conditions
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.