A guide to recruiting and retaining school governors and trustees

Having the right people around the table is one of NGA’s eight elements of effective governance. It is a continuous cycle that begins with evaluating your board’s current and future needs and building an effective team. Finding new volunteers is not always an easy task and recruiting from underrepresented groups can be particularly challenging.

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The fourth edition of this guide, published in June 2021, provides practical advice to help ensure that your board has the right blend of knowledge, skills, perspectives and backgrounds to govern effectively. All types of state-funded schools can use the principles, ideas and resources included in this guide.

Included in the guide:

  • Evaluating your board’s needs          
  • The recruitment process       
  • Finding new volunteers
  • Interviewing  
  • Making an appointment
  • Induction and ongoing development
  • Retention and succession planning

Recruiting a diverse board: NGA resources

  • Our report on Increasing participation in school and trust governance provides insight and ideas to help boards recruit volunteers with the right skills, talents and passion from a wide range of backgrounds and lived experiences.
  • The popular NGA skills audit now prompts governing boards to evaluate their knowledge and understanding of the communities they serve. The skills audit is designed to help boards develop a targeted recruitment strategy.
  • NGA has collated a number of tools to help boards evaluate the effectiveness of their strategies for promoting equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Visit our Equality diversity and inclusion project page to find more resources and read NGA commitments to action.

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