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The Visible Governance in Schools campaign will relaunch in January 2021.

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. We were delighted with the how the campaign was embraced by governors, trustees, clerks and governance support organisations.

After pausing the campaign for 2020, we are now excitedly planning a year of activity for 2021 to celebrate the power of governance, the people that volunteer for the role and the value that good governance brings to the schools system.

School and trust governance must be more visible within the education sector and within society.

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

We’re encouraging governors and trustees 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 their school/trust.

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.

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.

What’s planned?

  • Delivering the Outstanding Governance Awards 2021 encouraging boards to share their excellent practice
  • Support and encourage people to nominate governors and trustees for honours
  • Continue to raise the profile of school governance in the media and with national policy makers
  • Highlight the different aspects of governance with a to various groups including education professionals, employers, parents and pupils.

Check back soon for updates and further details on our plans for 2021.

Throughout the year, we’ll be updating this page with resources and ideas to help you support the aims – keep an eye on our website, the hashtag #VisibleGovernance and follow us @NGAmedia for updates.

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.

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

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




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