About the consultation

The National Governance Association (NGA) is asking for feedback on the long-standing 20 and 21 questions for governing board self-review.

The consultation will run until Monday 7 March 2022 at 9am.
The updated questions will be published at the end of March 2022.

Downloaded almost 11,000 times since July 2019, the questions are hugely popular and are also used in NGA’s Leading Governance programmes, external reviews of governance and board self-appraisal tool. The questions are also signposted in the Department for Education's Governance Handbook. 

What we’re asking

Reviewing board effectiveness is good practice and self-review is one of the main methods that boards use to monitor and improve their governance.

The 20 questions – intended for use by boards governing a single school – were created in 2012 by NGA, The Key and the APPG.

The 21 questions for multi academy trust (MAT) boards are bespoke to MATs to help ensure that governance structures are fit for purpose and support the best outcomes for children and young people. They were created in 2015 by NGA and the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Education Governance in response to the growing number of schools in MATs. In addition, in 2019, NGA created 17 questions to be used to review academy committees (local governing bodies).

General feedback is welcome on:

  • how boards have used the questions in the past
  • how the questions have helped to shape and improve practice
  • any areas of self-review that are not currently covered.

Governors, trustees, governance professionals, executive leaders, and individuals and organisations that support governance are encouraged to respond.

How to get involved

Fill in our short survey or

Email comments to:

You can also attend our member events where we'll be discussing the questions:

We're setting up events with partner organisations open to all regardless of NGA membership. We'll publish details of these soon.

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