Supporting you in your governance role

Discover a wealth of governance resources and benefits you can access as a member of NGA to support you in your governing role.

Membership options

Sign up to access a range of resources that will help you to develop professional governance, keep you up to date and compliant and save you time and money:


GOLDline Advice Service: expert advice whenever you need it

GOLDline is NGA’s independent and confidential advice service. GOLDline provides governing boards, clerks, headteachers and executive leaders with expert, confidential and independent governance advice. Our advisers can help with queries relating to education law, offer best practice and provide problem-solving advice. Our experts are available to deal with any questions you may have, and the service is easily accessible online or by phone.

NGA sector-leading publications: to support you in your governance role

Welcome to Governance, The Chair’s Handbook and Welcome to a Multi Academy Trust are essential reading for experienced and new governors and trustees and reflect the latest practice and legal guidance. Take advantage of complimentary copies (depending on your membership type) and membership discounts.

Welcome to Governance LIVE

New governors/trustees of single academy trusts, multi academy trusts and maintained schools – and those working at local level governance – will be able to access Welcome to Governance LIVE. These free virtual sessions will complement any local school, trust or LA induction sessions in place and explore how to make an impact in the first six months.

Governing Matters magazine: essential reading for governing boards

NGA’s membership magazine Governing Matters is essential reading for governors, trustees and clerks providing strategic leadership in schools and academies. Each issue includes the latest news from NGA, changes in policy, advice and guidance.

Knowledge Centre: the essential information hub for governors

NGA’s Knowledge Centre offers exclusive online access to practical governance resources including model policies; templates; checklists; best practice guidance; insights; and much more. Topics include finance, staffing, Ofsted, curriculum, special education needs, legislation, school improvement. You can also access regularly updated information, resources and guidance on NGA’s Covid-19 hub to support governing boards in their response to COVID-19.

E-newsletter: your weekly education news update

NGA’s e-newsletter is the best way to keep up to date with important government and education news, including policy announcements, information on consultations, legislation, key guidance and new research. Delivered during term-time for all members, you will receive key updates every Friday to keep you well informed.

Conferences, events, networks, leadership forums, webinars and podcasts: free for members

NGA’s conferences, events, governance leadership forums, networks, webinars and podcasts are free for members to access and allow you to hear the latest news on a range of issues as well as providing opportunities to share best practice. Our events draw high-profile speakers including government ministers and senior leaders in education.

NGA’s new leadership forums are available to NGA members and are networking events for those governing and leading schools in similar situations to share their experiences, future plans and provide a platform to discuss the issues they face.

Making your voice heard at the national level

We make your voice heard at the national level and raise the profile of governance through our engagement with policy makers and through our campaigns. Findings from our events and research are invaluable to NGA’s work lobbying the government on key governance issues and are used to inform work and guidance to support governing boards across the country.

NGA Learning Link e-learning: develop your governance skills

NGA Learning Link offers flexible e-learning to help governors, trustees, chairs and clerks develop their governance skills and knowledge. Choose from over 50 modules, bitesize modules, or try our free trial. Without NGA membership, NGA Learning Link is £169 per year. NGA governing board members can purchase Learning Link at discounted prices. Discounts are available for multiple purchases for multi academy trusts and local authority governor services.

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