National Leaders of Governance (NLG)

National Leaders of Governance (NLG) support

The National Governance Association (NGA) is delivering the reformed National Leaders of Governance (NLG) support programme. NLGs will provide Department for Education (DfE) funded, targeted support to those schools and trusts with governance challenges. NLGs will provide governance expertise, external reviews of governance and bespoke support.

Recruitment open - apply to be an NLG

Key dates

  • Applications to become an NLG are open until 9am on Thursday 29 July 2021

  • Support to eligible settings will begin in October 2021. 

Eligibility criteria 

The criteria for NLGs is set by the Department for Education. To be considered, applicants must have: 

  • A minimum 5 years’ school/trust board governance experience, including 3 years’ experience as a Board chair or 5 years’ experience as a clerk or governance professional.
  • A current role within governance which involves holding the executive to account, or a current clerk/governance professional role (unless exceptional circumstances) 
  • Experience (as trustee, governor, clerk/governance professional) in at least two unrelated settings; one must be an academy trust board or a school governing board; one or more may be in a non-education setting 

NLGs must also meet at least one of the following requirements: 

  • Currently a Chair of a good or outstanding school according to Ofsted’s judgement, or Chair/lead trustee in a trust that is not subject to a Financial Notice to Improve (FNtI) or any other warning notice relating to financial management
  • Demonstrate a track record in improving governance in a school or trust, resulting in an improved overall leadership and management Ofsted judgement, or other objective measure​ 
  • Demonstrate a track record in providing effective professional services that have challenged and delivered improved governance in schools or trusts, leading to an improved Ofsted judgement or other objective measure 

Recruitment open - apply to be an NLG

Information for current NLGs

All current designations will cease on 31 August 2021. If you are currently an NLG and are interested in the revised programme you will need to reapply. 

The DfE’s NLG advisory group in September 2020 concluded: “We believe that for many chairs, access to a mentor can be an invaluable support. As this aspect will no longer be a primary role for NLGs, we recommend that the DfE consider ways it could support chair mentoring schemes outside the NLG role.” NGA understands that the Department is still considering this recommendation. We also acknowledge the many local mentoring schemes which do exist and thank all those chairs who act as mentors, giving their time voluntarily to improve school and trust governance.

Contact us

If you have a query about NLG support please email

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