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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.


The school funding crisis is not about “little extras”

Friday, 02 November 2018, with 0 comments

In this context, it’s easy to see why the manner of the Chancellor’s reference to “little extras” has gone down badly. Like many others, NGA was less than impressed with the attempt to dismiss the very real concerns of governors, trustees, parents, teachers and school leaders in this way. The cross-party Public Accounts Committee has described the announcement as an “insult to pupils and parents”, while the National Education Union said that it reveals “the depth of his ignorance on school funding” and the Association of School and College Leaders said that it demonstrates “a complete misunderstanding of the prevailing funding pressures”.


Raising the 16-19 Rate: A sector wide issue

Thursday, 25 October 2018, with 0 comments

In this blog Tom explains why the National Governance Association (NGA) is joining the Raise the Rate campaign to increase 16-19 funding, organised by the Sixth Form Colleges Association, and why this is an important issue for all governors and trustees across the country.


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