The right people around the table - A guide to recruiting and retaining school governors and trustees

A guide to recruiting and retaining school governors and trustees

Getting the right people around the table is one of the eight elements of effective governance, and to support governing boards in recruiting and retaining skilled governors or trustees, NGA has updated its popular and practical guide, the right people around the table.

Five short chapters cover:

  • Evaluating: people, practice and composition
  • Recruiting: attracting good candidates
  • Appointing: interviewing and checks
  • Inducting: training and support
  • Succession planning: moving on and ensuring leadership      

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As best practice, NGA recommends that boards must promote any governor/trustee vacancy publicly and externally of the school/trust. This will help to achieve a diversity of volunteers on the governing board, as when boards recruit exclusively from their networks, this can lead to candidates coming from a narrow pool that is likely to be similar to the existing governors/trustees.

Updates from the previous edition include a greater focus on how to create a diverse board and new ideas on how to promote your governance vacancies, along with a practical look at interviewing volunteers and why it is important.

Inside you’ll find:

  • Practical advice and actions that you can take to evaluate your board, promote your vacancy and attract good candidates to the role

  • Suggestions of good practice in appointing candidates, providing induction training for new recruits and succession planning

  • Signposting to further tools and resources provided by NGA such as our skills auditmodel role descriptions and key questions for governing boards

  • Information on how Inspiring Governance can support you in finding new governors/ trustees including the ability to search for volunteers based on their skills and the free training and support provided to new appointees by NGA.

The guide is designed to complement Inspiring Governance – a free online recruitment service connecting volunteers interested in serving as governors and trustees with schools who are looking for new recruits. The Department for Education fund the service, which is run by the charity Education and Employers in partnership with the National Governance Association and supported by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and Academy Ambassadors.

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