NGA membership



We have a variety of membership packages to suit your needs and support you in your governing role:

Whether it’s through providing expert advice and guidance, practical resources, knowledge sharing, or keeping you up to date on education news and policy, we can help you face new challenges as they arise. If you're already a member and want to know how to take advantage of these benefits, have a look at our page on accessing membership benefits.

Sign up to access a range of resources that will:

  • help you to develop professional governance
  • keep you up to date and compliant
  • save you time and money

Weekly e-newsletter

Our weekly e-newsletter reaches members during term time, keeping you up to date with important government and education related news, including policy announcements, information on consultations, legislation, guidance and new research.

Governing Matters magazine

Our official membership magazine, published six times a year, is essential reading for governors providing strategic leadership in schools and academies. Each issue includes the latest news from our organisation, changes in policy, advice and guidance.

Free places at NGA member events and conferences

We run regional events and national conferences providing opportunities to share best practice. Our conferences draw high-profile speakers including government ministers.

Due to the popularity of our events places at our events are limited, and we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. 

Guidance Centre – the information hub for governors

Exclusive access to our online guidance centre with best practice resources including finance; staffing; Ofsted; curriculum; special educational needs; legislation, and school improvement.

Practical governance resources include model polices; checklists; information summaries; insights; case studies, and much more. 

GOLDline advce service

Exclusive to GOLD members. 

Access to GOLDLine – our expert confidential, independent legal and procedural advice 

Our highly experienced advice team is available to deal with any queries you may have, big or small.

We provide advice on: governance roles and responsibilities; admissions; exclusions; staffing and disciplinary issues; constitution of the board; conflicts of interest; multi academy trusts, and education law.

Read examples of our latest advice case studies to find out more about the service.

NGA’s GOLDline Advice Service is supported by leading education law firm Browne Jacobson.

NGA guides

GOLD governing board members receive a complimentary pack.

Welcome to Governance

This induction guide contains everything new governors and trustees need to know about their role. This induction guide contains everything new governors and trustees need to know about their role in maintained schools and academies.

The Chair’s Handbook

This essential guide covers all aspects of the role for aspiring, new and experienced chairs, including how to lead the governing board.

Discounts on NGA guides

Members can also take advantage of discounts of up to 50% on our sector-leading guides.

Bulk discounts are available on large orders. Please contact us to find out more.