Leading Governance Development for Boards

NGA is continuing to accept applications to the Leading Governance programmes during this period. The length of our programmes have been extended whilst we work in these unprecedented times. The online aspects of the programme will continue to be available and future face-to-face workshop sessions will be reintroduced when it is appropriate to do so. 

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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.

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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 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

This programme aims to develop governance by:

  • ensuring that the board is self-evaluating accurately

  • supporting the creation of a governance action plan which is realistic in scope and will ensure impact on governance practice and therefore pupil outcomes
  • targeting areas where knowledge gain is required
  • developing leadership skills
  • monitoring and evaluating progress and impact
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

Funding of at least £2,500 of is available per eligible trust or board. Please read the Terms and Conditions of the programme or contact us should you wish to enquire about eligibility for funding.

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