Local association membership

We work successfully with many local associations across the country, providing information, guidance and a voice at a national level. 

Local associations are independent, volunteer-led organisations which provide a forum for governors and trustees in a local area.

Local associations are an important part of NGA membership as they provide vital local information which NGA would not have access to otherwise – in turn this enables NGA to represent governing boards’ view at meetings with the Department for Education and other national bodies.

Being a member of NGA supports local associations to:

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

Membership benefits for local associations

Weekly e-newsletter

Our weekly e-newsletter reaches members during term time, keeping you up to date with important education news, the latest policies, guidance and legislation.

Free speakers

One free NGA speaker to attend and present at one Local Association event per annum.

Termly bulletin board

A termly bulletin to keep governing boards up to date and help develop good practice in school governance, for local associations to distribute to their schools and network.

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.

Each executive committee member receives a copy of each edition of Governing Matters magazine, published six times a year.

Events and conferences

Three free places at NGA summer and annual conferences, and three free places at NGA regional conferences or meetings. Our conferences draw high-profile speakers including government ministers and senior officials from the Department for Education and Ofsted.

NGA also holds meetings specifically for chairs of local associations.


Discounts on our sector leading guides Welcome to Governance and The Chair’s Handbook. Bulk discounts are available on large orders – please contact us to find out more.

Online guidance centre

Access for local association executive committees to our members’ only content. Our online guidance centre contains a wealth of resources and information on all aspects of governance.

Access to NGA’s independent and confidential advice service

The local association executive committee can access legal and procedural advice on matters relating to the association.

Get in touch

If you’re interested in taking up Local Association membership or would like more details, please get in touch.

E: membership@nga.org.uk

T: 0121 237 3780

* Please note, the GOLDline Advice Service is for local association matters only and does not include membership for local governing boards. Should your school/s wish to take out GOLD governing board membership with access to the GOLDline Advice Service please get in touch. 

Learn more about local associations 

Full terms and conditions of membership can be found here