Self-evaluation is a fundamental feature of good governance – NGA recommends that governing boards evaluate themselves annually.

Questions for multi academy trusts

Our questions for multi academy trusts (MATs) include 21 questions for trust boards and 16 questions for academy committees (local governing bodies).

Download MAT questions (PDF)

Each board member should provide responses, making use of our accompanying guidance:

Download MAT questions and guidance (MS Word)

Questions for all other types of school

Our 20 questions for governing boards are suitable for single schools (local authority-maintained and single academy trusts). 

Download single school questions (PDF)

Each board member should provide responses, making use of our accompanying guidance:

Download single school questions and guidance (MS Word)

Self-evaluation questions: about the 2022 update

The 20 and 21 questions were originally developed in 2012 and 2015 by NGA, The Key for School Governors and the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Education Governance.

The 2022 update of the questions follows an NGA consultation with members and colleagues across the sector. As a result of the feedback provided, we have:

  • developed a set of questions for academy committees (local governing bodies)
  • constructed supporting guidance to help respondents 'RAG' rate their answers

The content of the questions has also changed, such that they:

  • place greater emphasis on the importance of governance professionals
  • emphasise the importance of board diversity
  • reference board dynamics, culture and behaviours 
  • reflect best practice (supported by the new guidance)

The Department for Education welcomes NGA’s review and update of the widely used self-evaluation tools: 20 questions for governing boards and 21 questions for MAT boards. We encourage governing boards to regularly evaluate their own effectiveness and the updated tools produced by NGA will continue to be helpful in supporting boards to do this.

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