Supporting effective relationships

These guides are written and backed by the National Governance Association (NGA), the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Institute of School Business Leaders (ISBL). They set out what school leaders and those governing should expect from each other in order to maintain effective working relationships.

There are two distinct versions:

Download What governing boards and headteachers should expect (PDF)
Aimed at those leading and governing in a single school, academy or LA-maintained school federation.

Download What multi academy trust boards and CEOs should expect (PDF)
Aimed at those leading and governing in a multi academy trust (MAT)

Both versions of the guide cover:

  • respecting respective roles
  • working together to set a strategy
  • stakeholder engagement
  • ensuring your school/trust is a great place to work
  • making governance effective
  • ways of working

What governing boards and headteachers should expect from each other PDF                  What MAT boards and CEOs should expect from each other PDF

Watch our webinar: a partnership with senior leaders

Emma Knights, NGA Chief Executive, hosts a webinar exploring the respective roles of the governing board and school and trust leaders.

Watch the webinar here

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Further reading

  • NGA's model code of conduct for governing boards: adapt to suit the needs of your school or trust
  • A guide to Being Strategic: a robust annual cycle for governing boards creating, monitoring and reviewing strategy.
  • Effective teamwork: a guide to help governing boards work together
  • Role descriptions for governors, trustees, clerks and governance professionals
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