NGA Learning Link: e-learning modules for governors, trustees and clerks

E-learning to help you every step of the way with your professional development.

NGA Learning Link offers flexible e-learning to help governors, trustees, chairs and clerks develop their governance skills and knowledge.

The National Governance Association has teamed up with Virtual College, one of the UK’s top e-learning providers, to deliver accessible, engaging and convenient e-learning. With 24/7 multi-device access to modules, learning can be completed anytime, anywhere and at any place that suits the learner. 


*Breaking news: New module available


NGA have collaborated with Arts Council England to bring you this new module! Centred around the essential curriculum, this module aims to empower school governors and trustees on how arts and cultural education can be used for school improvement.

Darren Henley, CEO of Arts Council England and a school governor, said “Schools remain the single most important place where children can access great cultural experiences, which is why we have supported the NGA to develop this e-learning module for governors and trustees. It will inform and empower them to develop their understanding of what arts and cultural education means and how it can improve outcomes.”

We spoke to some of our users about their experience with this new module. To see what they thought, check out our testimonials here. 

For more information on this module, check out our news piece here. Alternatively, why not take a look at this dedicated video created by the Arts Council England?


Access a catalogue of high-quality interactive online training modules to help you develop your governance skills and knowledge. Modules reflect the latest legislation, the Department for Education's Governance Handbook and the Competency Framework for Governance.

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Take the next steps 

If your school is signed up for Learning Link, you can register for an account. Just fill out the form and search for your school using the postcode.

If you already have a Learning Link account, you can log in here. If you are unsure of your password, click on 'forgotten your password?'

Please check with your Clerk, school finance office or your Service Level Agreement (SLA) with your local authority before applying to confirm that your school does not already have a Learning Link subscription.


Cost-effective training 

NGA Learning Link is a cost-effective way to secure comprehensive training for governors, trustees, chairs and clerks on the full range of their responsibilities.

Without NGA membership, Learning Link costs £150 per year. NGA governing board members can purchase Learning Link at discounted prices:


Learning Link
discounted price


GOLD £260

£150 £75


Standard £90

£150 £110


Discounts are available for multiple purchases for multi academy trusts and local authority governor services. Please contact us to find out more. 

Learning Link subscriptions are not available for purchase on an individual basis - schools must purchase a subscription for the entire governing board.

Frequently Asked Questions

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