National Leaders of Governance FAQ
While we anticipate needing to undertake further recruitment, it is likely that this will be much smaller and targeted to particular skill sets, or regions where shortages are identified or demand is especially high therefore, we would encourage anyone interested not to wait incase a further round is not needed in their area.
Successful applicants can be engaged under ‘self-employed status’, meaning a contract would be issued with you as an individual. If you are self-employed, and registered to pay VAT, you can include the additional VAT when you invoice NGA. The role is IR35 compliant although please do note, NLGs will not be ‘employed’ by NGA or the DfE, they will be engaged to carry out work on a consultancy basis – your contract will reflect this.
You can also be contracted via your employer (if you work for a trust, school, local authority or consultancy company for instance). This means that we would be paying your employer for the work completed, rather than you as an individual.
For any work carried out for NGA, you will be covered by NGAs insurance.
Any schools or trusts, whether they meet the criteria for funded support or not, can approach and commission independent providers or NGA as always. You are free to continue other streams of work you have declared or that came to you independently of NGA; however, you will only be able to use your NLG designation to complete work scheduled by NGA under the terms of your contract with us.
If a setting wants an NLG specifically to complete their external review or other governance support, this can only be commissioned through NGA.
All current designations end in August when the new criteria and programme are implemented.
You must have experience of two settings that have no connection. Please remember though, one of these settings can be outside of education.
Neither of these examples qualify as two unrelated settings:
No, the local governing board is not the accountable body and the criteria states that you must have experience of two accountable bodies. Please remember one of these settings can be outside of education.
We appreciate that this may not be straightforward and will consider all types of evidence; other data, external reports for eg to evidence improvement. It is important that you can evidence the positive impact you have had on effecting change, and we understand this may come in differing forms. We would ask you to consider areas such as pupil progress for special schools for instance, survey feedback and increased numbers on roll for nursery settings. All types of evidence showing positive change will be considered.
As long as you can meet the criteria relating to governance and can evidence positive change in a governance or governance professional position, you are able to apply.
No. We must have a record of all of the ‘governance roles’ you have held, not every assignment/school you have supported. The first part of the application form asks for two current roles; If you have more than two, these should be the two that best support the criteria. All other ‘governance roles’ where you have held office can be detailed below.
The case studies are there to capture two detailed of examples of your work, which may be in a governance role held, or in a support capacity.
Please ignore this, you do not have to complete it.
NGA will write to referees and manage the reference process. If referees are not available over the school holiday period, we will approach them in September. Referees must be provided from the current and other setting where you currently govern – not from your case studies – and should be able to comment on the impact you have had in your role.
Yes. As long as you meet the criteria, we are looking for all areas of specialised experience and it is important we appoint a wide variety of specialist skill sets. Not everyone will have experience of everything. We will also record your experiences and areas of specialism as they change or expand.
If you can evidence that you have made a positive change that has resulted in better outcomes, or the organisation is more sustainable (eg the financial situation has been stabilised and improved) then this will count.
All interviews will be held remotely. When we write to shortlisted applicants inviting them to interview, we will include full details of the presentation you will be asked to deliver.
We expect NLGs to be asked to carry out between five and 10 reviews a year, but there will always be the option to refuse work or take on more where it is available/demand requires it. ERGs will take between three and five days (and in some exceptional circumstances, 10 days). Some of the work will need to be carried out during the school/working day so please do consider this and discuss it with your employer should you need to.
A commitment must be made to attend training and CPD sessions. There will be a short induction session focusing on the administration and operations processes as well as two half-day sessions on the ERG process itself. Regrettably, you will not be paid to attend these sessions. Induction and training sessions will be held virtually.
The first ERG conducted by every NLG will be quality assured (QA’d), and this will then continue on a sample basis. QA will cover the quality of report writing, examination of the findings, a check that they link to the recommendations, and that the overall assessment of the ability of the board to respond the recommendations is realistic. Feedback from the quality assurance process will be discussed on an individual basis.
This is unlikely as each deployment is only funded once however, there may be the opportunity to split the funding between two NLGs in individual negotiated circumstances if deemed appropriate.
Hard measures are objective and so these are powerful; softer measures will also be taken into account but should be from credible sources. Please consider all measures available, whether this be internal pupil attainment and progress data, or external reviews or reports from other professionals.
Yes, we would consider this as a suitable case study.
We appreciate this may be challenging, but we do need to see where your influence has resulted in positive change. We understand that some of this change may still be in progress, but even partial change and first steps taken upon your support or guidance will be considered.
No, the sector will undoubtedly continue to provide reviews where they are commissioned by settings as part of regular good practice self-review.
Yes, settings that do not meet the criteria for centrally funded ERGs can still commission an NLG through NGA, as part of good practice, regular self-review.
No, if there are issues highlighted within a school within a trust, it will trigger a trust board review.
Independent schools would not be able to access the DfE funded support, however may commission an NLG to provide support through NGA.
NLGs will be deployed depending on their skill set and area of expertise. We will discuss with you each deployment, ensuring you have the capacity to complete the work, have no conflicts of interest. There will be some differences between NGAs framework and that of the NLG programme. The funded support includes a progress check approximately three months after the review. There will be limited funding to provide further support identified where appropriate, and this will be negotiated with the DfE on a case-by-case basis.
No, an external review of governance will look at the effectiveness and structures of the current governance arrangements and make specific recommendations for improvements as they relate to the current context. NLGs will not be expected to promote government policy, but as set out in the NLG standards, NLGs will be expected to model effective governance as set out in both the Governance Handbook and the Academy Trust Handbook.
Regular external reviews will be recognised as good practice in all settings, however DfE funded NLG deployments will only be commissioned in schools or trusts that meet the DfE’s eligibility criteria. ESFA reviews are generally triggered by concerns over financial matters, but with the new ATH and the move from FNtIs to NTIs, this may change accordingly.