NGA offers a range of training, services and resources to support governors and trustees during the first few months of their role and beyond.
A well-planned induction programme helps new governors and trustees become familiar with their school or trust and what their role entails. Our guide provides a starting point for those planning and delivering induction programmes – use the guide to develop a programme that is suitable for your context and the experience of the new board member.
Download guide to inducting new governors and trustees (PDF)
We recommend that new governors and trustees receive a copy of Welcome to Governance or Welcome to a Multi Academy Trust. These are essential entry-level guides to help those new to governance become effective as soon as possible.
Welcome to Governance LIVE free virtual sessions will complement any local school, trust or LA induction sessions and explore how to make an impact in the first six months.
These sessions are available to new governors/trustees with NGA GOLD governing board membership and trustees of trust boards with MAT membership.
NGA Learning Link subscribers can access over 50 e-learning modules, including a suite of 8 modules covering key governance areas, perfect for those new to governance or those looking for a refresher.
Take a look at the resources we recommend to help new governors/trustees understand their new role.
CEO and headteacher appraisal
COVID-19 recovery: strategic priorities
Tools to support equality, diversity and inclusion
Equality and diversity
Skills audit and skills dashboard
Model code of conduct for governing boards
What governing boards and school leaders should expect from each other
Knowing your school: questions for governing boards to ask
Role descriptions: chairs, governors, trustees, clerks and other governance professionals
Managing staffing costs
Guidance: Federations Q&A (2016)
Exploring headteacher appraisals in English schools (2018)
The good governance temple
MATs moving forward: the power of governance
NGA Guidance: Academy conversion: TUPE
Questions for governing boards to ask: engaging parents
A governance guide to engaging with parents and carers
The school estate, buildings and grounds
School governance in 2020
NGA announces new e-learning for school governors, trustees and clerks
NGA awarded contract to deliver reformed National Leaders of Governance programme
Overall A-level grades remain stable
Directors encouraged to learn about the benefits of school governance in new report
Arts and cultural education eLearning module launched to support school governors and trustees
Next phase of government's education recovery spending revealed
New guidance for governing boards highlights the importance of PSHE education
Another year over - here’s what happened at NGA in 2017…
Extended support package for Inspiring Governance-placed volunteers announced
Outstanding Governance Awards 2021 finalists announced
Annual Conference and AGM
North East Regional Forum
Maintained Governance Leadership Forum
Welcome to Governance LIVE - for new trustees of a MAT board
SAT Governance Leadership Forum
Local academy Governance Leadership Forum
Welcome to Governance LIVE - for new governors on a local academy committee within a MAT
LA Partners Network
Networking meeting: governor representatives serving on schools forums
Welcome to Governance LIVE - for new governors in maintained schools
Induction - for governors of maintained schools
Preparing for Ofsted – what governors and trustees need to know
Getting the right people round the table
Safer recruitment - an introduction
Question and challenge and courageous conversations
Forming or joining a MAT
The effective governance of SEND
Generating income: the governance role
Creating a new vision and strategy for your organisation
Governor or trustee visits to their organisation