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Will you join us in championing your contribution to the education system and shining a light on the difference that good governance makes to schools and trusts?

We’re encouraging governors, trustees and clerks to be bold and be positive about sharing what they do and why they do it, highlight their contribution to the education system and shine a light on the difference that good governance makes to the success of schools and trusts.

We are also encouraging the people and organisations who value the role of school and trust governance to champion and participate in the campaign.

With your support, we can achieve a higher profile and better understanding of governance, and further improve outcomes for children and their communities – a goal which we know will be important to you too.

Get involved

Our first focus is on recognising the contribution of governors, trustees, clerks and governance professionals. We are encouraging them to reflect on their role, celebrate the work they do and seek recognition for excellent practice and contributions.

  • Nominate a board, clerk or lead governance professional for an Outstanding Governance Award.
  • Nominate an exceptional governor or trustee for a national Honour.
  • Share your story on social media – share a message and our social media graphic with your family, friends, colleagues and networks using #VisibleGovernance. Your message could cover:
    • Why you govern or clerk
    • Why you are proud to be a governor/ trustee/ clerk
    • Your favourite part of being a governor/ trustee/ clerk
    • The difference you make as a governor/ trustee/ clerk
  • We have created a list of practical actions you can take in your prersonal and professional life  as well as in your school/trust and the education system to help people understand the role and the difference it can make.

You can find social media graphics and all our Visible Governance graphics on our resources page. If you don’t use social media and would like to share your story you can email us at [email protected].

In the spring term we are focusing on recognising the contribution of those involved in school governance, as well as putting a spotlight on clerking. Later in the year we will be working with parents, pupils, employers and education professionals; promoting governor and trustee wellbeing; and pushing on volunteer recruitment.

About the campaign

School and trust governance is almost always invisible when it is working well, and very much in the spotlight when things go wrong.

School governance needs to be recognised and celebrated for its positive role in ensuring things go right for pupils, staff and schools, ensuring the best possible education experience. Good governance is not an insurance policy which picks up the pieces when things have gone awry; it is a central component of a successful organisation. Through this collective action, we want school governance to take its rightful place as a visible, valued and understood component of the education system.

In 2020 NGA launched its Visible Governance in Schools campaign to celebrate, champion and raise the profile of the impact of good governance on schools. After pausing the campaign due to COVID-19 we are pleased to be relaunching in 2021.

Over the past year boards have played a significant role in supporting their staff and schools during this difficult time and this crisis has forced governance to become more visible than it usually is and we are relaunching the campaign to keep this new found visibility alive. While schools continue to face huge challenges we want to recognise and thank the governors, trustees, clerks and governance professionals who continue to support their schools and work to ensure their best of their pupils and communities.

We are planning a year of activity to celebrate the power of governance, the people that volunteer for the role and the value that good governance brings to the schools system.

What’s planned?

Over the course of the year, NGA will:

  • Encourage and equip individual governors, trustees and clerks, and boards to be visible through activities and resources
  • Share inspiring examples of visibility and the impact of good governance
  • Work with key groups to increase both understanding and volunteering
  • Continue to raise the profile of school governance in the media and with national policy makers
  • Highlight the different aspects of governance with various groups including education professionals, employers, parents and pupils
  • Recognise and celebrate the contribution of boards and governance professionals through the Outstanding Governance Awards 2021
  • Encourage and offer support to people to nominate for a national honour governors, trustees and governance professionals who have made a significant individual contribution to education.

We will continue to update this page with our plans along with resources and ideas to help you get involved. Keep an eye on our website, the hashtag #VisibileGovernance and follow us on Twitter @NGAmedia for updates.

If you are local authority, local association, groups of schools, diocese, education sector organisation, employer or other organisation wishing to collaborate in this campaign, we would be delighted to work with you and share ideas – please contact [email protected].

You can download the logo and other resources – we encourage you to use the Visible Governance in Schools branding wherever you like to promote your participation in the campaign.

We will also communicate with members through the weekly newsletter, Governing Matters and our events.

We welcome your ideas and comments for the Visible Governance campaign contact [email protected]


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