As the membership organisation for governors, trustees and clerks of state schools in England, NGA provides an unrivalled offer to MATs providing information, advice and guidance, professional development and e-learning.

In this section you can explore the range of our MAT offer. Whether you are looking for the latest thinking on MAT governance, deciding how you can support your board through our e-learning or a bespoke development programme, or want to find out more about membership, NGA can support you. 

MAT Membership
NGA MAT membership provides your trust board and academies with access to a wealth of governance resources

We have designed our MAT membership package to provide support to trust boards and their academies. As a trust, you will benefit from a range of resources and guidance to assist you in ensuring good governance across your MAT.

Just some of the benefits your trust board will receive include access to our GOLDline advice service, copies of Governing Matters magazine to the home of every trustee, full access to our online knowledge centre and a complimentary copy of both The Chair’s Handbook and Welcome to a Multi Academy Trust to name a few. 

For more information, head to our NGA MAT membership page.

GOLDline advice for members
Expert advice for your MAT trusts whenever you need it - governance advice on strategic, procedural and legal information including advice on any of the academies within a MAT

GOLDline provides governing boards, clerks, headteachers and executive leaders with independent and timely advice. Available throughout the year including school holidays, GOLDline is staffed by our advisers from 9am to 5pm during the working week and is easily accessible online or by phone. Our expert team of advisers will respond to any question relating to the role and duties of governing boards and provide the advice that is needed to deliver effective governance in a range of settings and circumstances.

For more information, please head to our dedicated GOLDline advice page.

Professional development
Quality assured external reviews of MAT governance, online board self-evaluation tools, e-learning and bespoke face-to-face training and development aligned to your MAT's governance structure
Insight and research
Drawn from NGA's own research and extensive network of MAT members, research studies and case studies designed to share lessons learned

NGA is committed to ensuring that our outputs are supported by robust evidence and insight and we are committed to leading research projects which explore the impact of policy changes, or emerging themes in contemporary education, from a school governance perspective.

MAT specific Governing Matters articles
Governing Matters is essential reading for school governors, trustees, and clerks, and provides strategic leadership in schools and academies

Contributors include NGA staff, policy makers, government ministers, governors and others involved in education. Each issue includes the latest news from the organisation, changes in policy and advice on running schools and managing school leaders.

NGA's sector-leading publications include the go-to-guides Welcome to a Multi Academy Trust and The Chair's Handbook.

Welcome to a Multi Academy Trust

The third edition of our Welcome to a Multi Academy Trust is a key guide for all MATs and has everything trust board members need to know about their role and responsibility.

The Chair's Handbook

 Whether you’re a chair or prospective chair, this guide is essential reading. Also suitable for vice chairs and committee chairs, you’ll find in this guide everything you need to improve your knowledge about the role.

Networks and events
NGA's Community MAT's network and MAT specific conferences provide opportunities to share experience and practice. We also run a series of governance webinars throughout the year

Community MAT's Network

Community MATs is a network developed by the National Governance Association to give those involved with the governance of multi academy trusts (MATs) the opportunity to share their experiences and practice with others.

Take a look at our upcoming webinars and podcasts.  

Inspiring Governance recruitment service
Find new volunteers for your trust board or local academy committees/council. NGA provides 12 months free support for appointments made via the free recruitment service

Inspiring Governance is a free online school governance recruitment service used by thousands of chairs, and clerks of governing boards and connects skilled volunteers interested in serving as school governors or trustees. We support schools across England, from maintained schools and multi academy trusts to diocesan trusts and local authorities to find skilled governors, trustees and chairs for their boards.

Over 95% of users would recommend Inspiring Governance to other schools and trusts

Find out more about Inspiring Governance

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