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NGA’s independent and confidential advice service offering strategic, procedural and legal information about governance.

Governance professional

A collective description for all those involved in supporting and advising governing boards in schools and trusts (including clerks, governance managers and directors of governance)

Governing board

Refers to the board of maintained schools (governing body) and academies/MATs (board of trustees)

Governing body

Refers to the governing body of a maintained school only

Governor services

May be ‘in-house’ in larger MATs but often externally commissioned, governor services provide essential support to the governing board which may be in the form of training, advice or clerking services. This has historically been offered by the local authority through a service level agreement. Academies and maintained schools are free to buy into their local authority’s governor services or seek alternative arrangements

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