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Fewer governors, but harder to recruit? Help us to spread the word: challenging but rewarding

Thursday, 07 December 2017, with 0 comments

This term we have been trumpeting all sorts of the findings of our 2017 Annual Governance Survey – there is so much to say; the data is so rich.  But one issue you may not have noticed is that there are fewer people involved in governing England’s schools than previously.  Everyone quotes the numbers as 300,000, but we estimate there are now between 250 and 260,000 people governing our state schools.  That is still rather a lot!


Why being clear on the trustee role in academy trusts is key to success

Friday, 17 November 2017, with 0 comments

Trustees’ Week provides an annual platform to applaud the crucial work that trustees do while also emphasising exactly what the role is. In the charity sector, trustee is a familiar term, but although all those governing at board level in academies are charity trustees, the role is less familiar.  


OUT NOW: Welcome to a Multi Academy Trust - 2nd edition

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, with 0 comments

Welcome to a Multi Academy Trust provides high-quality practical information on MAT governance structure and practice for new trustees and senior leaders,whether they have previous experience of governing in standalone schools or organisations in other sectors.


Stand up and be counted in the interests of pupils

Monday, 04 September 2017, with 0 comments

As we head back for a new term I am worried about a disjuncture in the rhetoric used by all of us in school leadership and what we actually decide to do.


Have we gone as far as we can go with measuring?

Friday, 14 July 2017, with 1 comments

This week, the DfE has published research by NGA in collaboration with the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). In a new blog, Chief Executive Emma Knights reflects on the study and asks: have we gone as far as we can go with measuring?  

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