Development for Chairs

Leading Governance Development for Chairs

The NGA Leading Governance Development for Chairs programme is funded by the Department for Education and provides chairs, vice chairs, committee chairs and future chairs opportunities for developing leadership skills and confident governance.

Programme delivery

This programme offers a blend of flexible learning and will take approximately three terms to complete.

Led by experienced facilitators, participants will attend workshops and access effective one-to-one mentoring throughout the duration of this programme. Learning will be both group-led and independent.

What’s included in the programme?

This is a leadership programme designed for those in a chairing role, or a future chair, and will include:

  • three face-to-face workshops focusing on leadership development
  • a 360-degree diagnostic to evaluate strengths and development needs
  • access to interactive e-learning modules and resources
  • participation in action learning sets
  • support with creating a school-based project and action plan

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Benefits of the programme

This programme aims to develop chairs’ leadership skills, ensuring that governance is both effective and sustainable by:

  • developing the chair or future chair’s knowledge, leadership skills and networks
  • supporting the creation of an action plan which is both realistic in scope and will ensure impact on governance practice and therefore pupil outcomes
  • targeting areas where knowledge gain is required
  • enhancing the chair’s awareness of their own strengths and areas for development
  • creating self-supporting groups to ensure learning continues beyond the duration of the programme
  • offering delegates a system to problem solve through action learning sets

Programme outcomes

By the end of the NGA Leading Governance Development for Chairs programme, participants will be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of strategic leadership within the context of governance. Participants will:

  • know how to manage and build their team, how to build a relationship with the senior executive leader, how to plan for succession and other changes, and will be able to lead and influence when required
  • be knowledgeable about governance structures and effective delegation, and how to work with the clerk to best effect
  • understand the governance role in school improvement and will be able to lead the board in effectively challenging the school organisation on its performance
  • be able to assess their own effectiveness, to problem solve, and to create and sustain their own networks


The full cost of this programme is £500. Funding for £500 is available. Please contact NGA to enquire about eligibility. 

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