NGA Leading Governance - Development for Chairs

This NGA Leading Governance leadership development programme provides chairs, vice chairs, committee chairs and future chairs opportunities for developing leadership skills and confident governance. 

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Programme delivery

Our recently updated Development for Chairs programme offers a blend of flexible learning and will take approximately three terms to complete.

Led by experienced NGA consultants, participants will attend three 2.5-hour workshops focusing on leading the governing board, delivering effective governance and leading school improvement.

Our Development for Chairs programme is run virtually, giving participants the benefit of networking with governors and trustees from all over England. We continue to work with local partners across the country and can facilitate local face-to-face cohorts if interest warrants.  Please contact the team directly to discuss this option.

Discussion, debate and networking is an important part of our workshops, so our  Development for Chairs programme also differentiates between those governing in a maintained or single school, and those working at trust board level. Please choose a cohort which best suits your governance role.

What’s included in the programme?

This is a leadership programme designed for those currently in a chairing role, or those who are aspiring to chair, and will include:

  • Three virtual face-to-face sessions focusing on leadership development
  • access to interactive e-learning modules and resources
  • participation in action learning sets and peer to peer support groups

In addition to the standard elements of the programme, participants can choose to purchase add-ons to complement their learning at any point during the course:

  • A 360 degree appraisal which is designed specifically to highlight both best practice, and areas of development. The 360 degree appraisal differentiates between those currently chairing, those in a vice-chair role, and those aspiring chairs of the future, ensuring the information collected, and the analysis of feedback is appropriate for your role. The 360 degree appraisal has a repeat element and a comparator report is produced to demonstrate progress. The 360 degree appraisal can be carried out within a 12-month period
  • Mentoring with an NGA consultant. Mentoring can be conducted either by phone or a virtual face-to-face platform, and individual support and advice provided as dictated by a participant’s unique circumstance.

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
  • 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 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, and 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

Programme journey 

Take a look at the programme journey. 


The full cost of this programme is £249 per participant. 

Available cohorts and book your place

Book your place today

Summer Trustees 2022 (Start date: 7 June 2022)

Autumn 2022 (Maintained and LGBs Schools) (Start date: 13 September 2022)

Autumn Trustees 2022 (Start date: 13 September 2022)

Contact us

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  • Call us on 0121 237 3780 dial option 5
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The programme provided a sound platform to enable me to bring about positive change to our Governing Board. It enabled me to reflect and take appropriate action to strengthen my own knowledge and understanding of Governance and that of the Board. – Participant, Lincolnshire cohort 1

An excellent programme that has raised my awareness of the roles and responsibilities of a chair and also given me tools to carry these out. – Nicky Frobisher, Windsor and Maidenhead cohort 1

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