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

Learning Link modules

Over 50 learning modules are available to all governors on your board through your NGA Learning Link subscription. If your school would like to purchase a Learning Link subscription, fill out the application form.

The induction suite

Eight modules provide immersive, challenging and interactive learning in all the key areas that new governors or trustees need in order to become effective in their governance role from the start. Those with more experience can refresh and test their understanding of the key areas of governance. Each module is CPD accredited. 

“Outstanding quality and very useful in enhancing my knowledge”

  • Governance: roles and responsibilities
  • Your organisation: curriculum and school structures
  • Strategy: vision and values
  • Progress and attainment: understanding schools structures
  • Resources: finance and staffing
  • Working Together: building the team
  • Compliance: statutory responsibility and risk
  • Effectiveness: making an impact and changing lives

For chairs

Our modules contain relevant learning for aspiring, new and experienced chairs. Modules of particular relevance include:

  • How to lead the governing board
  • Planning for succession
  • Appraisal and capability
  • School improvement

For clerks

Our modules are designed for clerks wanting to get a better understanding of governance and its various areas, with our specific suite focusing on their governance roles: 

“Easy to access and informative content”

  • Introduction to clerking maintained schools
  • Introduction to clerking academies
  • Clerking a trust or academy committee
  • Clerking an interim executive board
  • The constitution of a governing board
  • Getting to know the law
  • Governing board duties on compliance
  • Preparing for a meeting
  • Recording a meeting
  • The clerk's role in appointing the headteacher
  • The clerk as coordinator of continual professional development
  • Supporting a governing board in raising school standards
  • Handling difficult situations
  • Helping struggling governing boards
  • The governing board and Ofsted

Effective governance

For those with some governance experience wanting to brush up their knowledge or understand the area in more depth.

“Clear to follow. I liked having the extra learning resources to refer to”

Governance areas:

  • Vision, strategy and ethos
  • Holding to account
  • Financial oversight
  • Compliance
  • Staffing
  • Link roles

Further online modules

Included in the NGA learning Link offer are a range of modules developed by Virtual College for a wider audience which provide useful background information on a range of topics with relevance with governance such as important aspects of safeguarding and health and safety. 

If you are interested in buying NGA Learning Link for your governing board or a group of schools, get in touch or fill out the application form.

Call our team: 0121 237 4600
Email: learninglink@nga.org.uk