The Chair's Handbook

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The 8th edition of our best-selling guide The Chair’s Handbook is now available to order.
NGA members - chairs of trust boards, and chairs of GOLD governing boards/GOLD academy boards will receive a complimentary copy as part of your membership and do not need to place an order. Please ensure that your role and contact details are up to date in your NGA membership account so that we can send you a complimentary copy.

Total price: £ 16.00

Additional Information

Who is this guide for?

A guide for chairs of governing boards of schools and academy trusts.

This induction guide is about the responsibilities and the work of the chair of a governing body or a board of trustees in state-funded schools in England. It should also be useful for vice chairs and those chairing committees.

This new edition builds on NGA’s experience of working with many governing boards of both academy trusts and local authority-maintained schools, along with our research to produce an invaluable aide to performing the role of chair effectively. In this latest edition we build on

  • the three mindsets of governance: generative, strategic and fiduciary
  • managing the dynamics in the boardroom, and
  • helping you to understand how the chair builds trust with the board and school leaders.

Quite simply, you’ll find in this essential guide everything you need to improve your knowledge about the role.

Chapters cover:
  • Leading governance in schools 
  • Becoming the chair 
  • Leading and developing the team 
  • The chair, the headteacher and accountability
  • Leading school improvement
  • Leading governing board business
  • Leaving the chair 
  • Further resources
  • Members: £8 per copy
  • Non-members: £16 per copy

If you are not currently a member and would like to be, find out more about our membership options. If your board has GOLD membership, you will receive a complimentary copy of this guide each time it is updated with a new edition.  

To purchase your copy of this guide, simply add it to your basket above or to enquire about bulk discounts (15 copies or more), please contact us.

“You’ve taken the plunge and stepped up to what I think you will find is a most fascinating and important role – congratulations on taking up a position where you can really influence improvement for the children and young people in your school(s). […] This handbook will point you to the best practice so that you can deliver real accountability for the provision in your school(s)."

Maggi Bull, chair of the National Governance Association

“An excellent reference tool to make meetings and governance more productive and focused.”


“It provided a source for referring to when I took up the Chair's position. It also introduced me to the skills audit. Both of these things have helped our governing body progress.”


“The Chairs' bible”


“I love the Handbook it really helps me to undertake the role as effectively as I can.”


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