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Are you confident and effective in your governance role?

Friday, 11 January 2019, with 1 comments

The esteemed education journalist Laura McInerney wrote last week “the average person who takes on a school governor role is really being thrown into a massive deep cave and asked to map its insides using nothing but a lighter”. The fact it felt like that to Laura who is so knowledgeable made me sit up and take notice. Anyone would be delighted to recruit her to their board. As you would expect (after all it is my job) I continuously ponder how we can get useful information out to those that govern schools and how we can help our governors and trustees to develop their approach to governance.


Thanks, gifts, and laughs

Friday, 21 December 2018, with 0 comments

Here at GovernorHQ we have a lot to be thankful for, with a growing membership which allows us in turn to produce more – and I hope better – information for governors, trustees and clerks to draw on. We are of course always aiming to improve, just as our schools are. But continuously trying to be better, to go the extra mile, to put the next idea into practice can be exhausting, especially towards the end of term – we mustn’t forget to celebrate those things that went well this year.  


Guest blog: the role of governance in creativity and school improvement

Thursday, 13 December 2018, with 1 comments

This month, NGA  launched a new eLearning module for school governors and trustees; Arts and cultural education: improving your school and its curriculum, with support from Arts Council England. The Arts Council’s CEO Darren Henley is also a school governor and talks to us about how arts and cultural education can be used for school improvement and enhancing the curriculum.


Walking the talk of succession planning

Friday, 07 December 2018, with 0 comments

Having been chair for six years, in September 2017 it was time for me to walk the talk; I had to start to plan for my own successor and by July 2018, it was time to say farewell to the first school I had ever governed in and that both my children had attended. NGA is today publishing revised guidance with practical steps to ensure a culture of succession, but my blog is not about what you SHOULD be doing; it is about actually doing it and how it feels to step down.


We need you! Recruitment for Pathfinders for the Framework for Ethical Leadership in Education

Friday, 16 November 2018, with 0 comments

For the past year Emma Knights, NGA’s Chief Executive has been involved in an Ethical Leadership Commission, with a number of other commission members, including ASCL, NAHT and Committee for Standards in Public Life, amongst others. Whilst the commission itself is wrapping up, the on-going objectives of the commission is now pushing ahead.

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