Governance and equality, diversity and inclusion
NGA’s guidance, resources and campaigns on equality, diversity and inclusion cover:
- Governing board diversity: composition, recruitment and creating an inclusive environment
- The board’s role in encouraging diversity and ensuring equality: in determining ethos and culture; when recruiting executive and senior leaders; as employers of all staff; and in the direct impact on pupils (eg oversight of the curriculum, monitoring of behaviour and exclusions, and outcomes)
- Increasing the number of volunteers from underrepresented groups (particularly people from Black, Asian or minority ethnicities and young people aged 40 and under) that join governing boards.
Instilling a culture of EDI throughout your setting
The below resources are designed to provide insight, understanding and awareness to assist boards when having and navigating discussions around equality, diversity and inclusion and to empower boards to take action:
Increasing participation in school and trust governance - This report explores volunteer recruitment and retention through the lens of the experiences and views of governors and trustees from Black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds and young volunteers (aged under 40) alongside data from NGA’s annual survey 2021 and a review of research from other sectors. Read the report on our research page.
Closing the gender pay gap in education (2021) - this analysis explores the gender pay gap differences across the education sector and whether there has been any progress in reducing the gap in recent years. The analysis was conducted by WomenEd, ASCL, NAHT and NGA. Read the analysis on our research page.
Right people around the table - this updated guidance provides practical advice to help ensure that your board has the right blend of knowledge, skills, perspectives and backgrounds to govern effectively. Read the guidance.
Skills audit - the 2021 skills audit now provides those governing with an opportunity to evaluate their experience and understanding of the communities they serve and their capacity to lead an inclusive culture. Find out more in the Knowledge Centre.
Tools to support equality, diversity and inclusion - NGA has collated a variety of tools to help boards evaluate the effectiveness of their strategies for promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. Go to the Knowledge Centre.
Statement of intent on equality, diversity and inclusion in education - NGA is a co-signatory to the sector-led statement of action and commitments published in June 2021. View the Statement of Intent.
Everyone on Board - NGA's Everyone on Board campaign aims to address histroic underrepresentation of young people and people from ethnic minorities in school governance to improve outcomes for all pupils.
The Young Governors’ Network (YGN) - NGA's Young Governors’ Network supports and encourages young governors and trustees under 40 to share thier experiences, address challenges and opportunities and create relevant and sustainable connections. YGN hosts termly virtual meetings which provide an informal opportunity for young governors and trustees to netwrok and discuss thier roles.
"More than ever we also need diverse boards, and the Handbook has been updated to emphasise the expectation that recruitment processes should encourage volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds, cultures and perspectives, that better reflect the communities they serve."
Baroness Berridge, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System, writing in the Governance Handbook, October 2020
Our commitments and action
NGA has published a series of commitments to demonstrate how we have committed to improving diversity on governing boards, particularly in relation to race. Read the blog on our commitments. We are also involved in various projects and initiatives around diversity and governance, and engage with governors, trustees, governance professionals and education professionals to understand experiences, needs and insight.
- We welcome and encourage feedback on our work – please do send us any suggestions, comments or questions
- If you are a governor or trustee from an underrepresented group, and are interested in participating in our work on equality, diversity and inclusion eg by sharing your story with us or being willing to share your experiences in the media, please get in touch
- If your governing board has taken action to improve its diversity and inclusion, or has done proactive work in developing its role in equality, diversity and inclusion, no matter how small, we’d love to hear from you to share your practical tips with others
Please email email@example.com to get involved.