Leading Governance - Development for Boards

This programme is designed for those governing in MATs, empty MATs and federations of two or more schools, or boards of schools in DfE-specified areas of England where the school is rated by Ofsted as Requires Improvement. This is a consultant-led bespoke programme, that will be tailored to your board’s circumstances, to improve practice and outcomes, and includes two places on the Development for Chairs programme. It can be fully-funded by the DfE, with at least £2,500 of funding available per eligible trust or board.

Funding for these programmes has now ended. If you are still interested in this programme please contact the leading governance team at leading.governance@nga.org.uk  to discuss your individual board requirements.

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Programme delivery

Your consultant will work closely with the board, analysing an online board self-evaluation, the results of which will enable the board to plan with the consultant the support that will be offered. Leadership skills can be strengthened for one to two board members per school through participation in the Leading Governance development for chairs programme.

What’s included in the programme?

Designed to suit each board’s circumstances, this programme will include elements such as:

  • evaluation of the board’s strengths and areas for development
  • face-to-face or virtual engagement with the board
    and senior leaders
  • co-creation of a governance action plan

up to two board members per school can join a leadership development programme.

Benefits of the programme

  • build on NGA’s extensive and longstanding experience of working with MATs on their governance which is second to none

  • are bespoke to your MAT or federation as we know that you are all different, while also providing chairs with the opportunity to learn from other chairs
  • provide the evidence required to present to the members of the trust at their AGM so they can undertake their governance functions
  • helps build the confidence of future chairs and vice chairs to support with succession planning
  • build on NGA’s experience of effective professional development programmes
  • utilise NGA’s online self-evaluation tools
  • provide bespoke training and support to meet participants’ needs
  • are informed by governance research, DfE and Ofsted expectations
  • work with sector-expert facilitators and consultants
  • are quality assured
  • are delivered in your area
  • provide valuable evidence for Ofsted

Programme outcomes

The board will have a clearer understanding of effective governance as follows:

  • board leadership will be strengthened

  • the board will be knowledgeable about governance structures, effective delegation, and how best to work with the clerk or company secretary
  • the board will be confident to carry out its role in ensuring school improvement and value for money
  • the board will be able to assess its own effectiveness and impact

Programme Content

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Costs and eligibility

Please read the Terms and Conditions of the programme or contact us should you wish to enquire about costs of the Development for Boards programme.

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