Release date: 12/06/2017

The National Governance Association has once again joined forces with the Times Educational Supplement (TES) to survey the nation’s school governors and trustees.

Click here to have your say!

The survey is open to all governors, trustees, and academy committee members in England, including headteachers, and you do not have to be an NGA member to take part – please share it with others on your governing board and your wider networks! Closing date: Monday 17 July.

The survey aims to build a picture of who is governing our schools, of governance practice, and to understand the impact of government policies on schools. This includes key issues such as the current crisis in school funding, and the findings will be vital as we continue to campaign for the overall size of the schools budget to be increased.

Some examples of the impact made by last year’s survey:

  • the government backtracked on their plan to remove the requirement for academy trusts to reserve places for elected parents on governing boards, helped by findings on the proportion of governors whose first involvement had been as elected parents;
  • fringe events at the 2016 Conservative and Labour party conferences, which put your views directly to senior politicians and policy makers;
  • the pilot of the Young Governors’ Network and a new project diversifying the cultural makeup of school governing boards were inspired by what we learned about who governs in English schools;
  • NGA’s responses to the national funding formula, the School Teacher’s Review Body, an inquiry into the role of education in children’s mental health, and other high profile consultations built on your views;
  • and the findings inform NGA’s guidance, advice, consultancy and training, campaigns, and conversations with ministers and officials throughout the year.


The more responses, the stronger the voice of governing boards in national education policy – don’t miss the chance to have your say!

Take the survey here: and help spread the word on Twitter @ngamedia.

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