Local Association

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

We work successfully with many local associations across the country, providing information, guidance and a voice at a national level. We support local associations in order to develop professional governance, keep up to date and compliant and to save them time and money.

With an NGA membership, your local association’s executive board will receive:
  • access to NGA’s GOLDline advice sevice providing independent and confidential advice to the local association executive committee on matters relating to the association.
  • a weekly e-newsletter featuring the latest education news and policy updates 
  • a copy of our magazine Governing Matters for each executive committee member
  • three free places at NGA summer and annual conferences, and three free places at NGA regional conferences or meetings which draw high-profile speakers including government ministers and senior officials from the Department for Education and Ofsted
  • full access for our members’ only content on our online knowledge centre
  • additional NGA guides available at a discounted rate
  • Local Association microsite hosted by NGA

Learn more about the great range of membership benefits you can access.

*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 fill in our online application and a member of the team will be in contact shortly.

Sign up for Local Association membership today

Fill out our online application form.

Call our membership team on 0121 237 3780 (Option Six). 

Complete our enquiry form.

Full terms and conditions of all membership packages can be found here.

Annual Price from 1 April 2020

Membership Benefits

NGA guides

Governing Matters' bimonthly magazine

Weekly e-newsletter

Access to member's area of website

NGA Annual Conference

NGA Summer Conference

Regional meetings

Unlimited access to GOLDline Advice Service

Membership for local governing boards

Learning link e-learning discounted option

Local Association

Price on application

For local associations looking to work with NGA to develop professional governance and gain access to key resources

50% member discount

For each executive committee member

3 free places

3 free places

3 free places

Available to the executive committee on matters relating to the local association



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