NGA’s conferences, events, governance leadership forums, networks, webinars and podcasts are free for members to access. There are over 60 events a year to choose from. They highlight new developments on a range of topics and promote best practice. In 2021 over 8,200 members attended our events.​

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Our monthly webinars (30-45 mins long) keep you up to date with the latest thinking on key issues in school governance, including topics such as Ofsted, safeguarding and working well with executives. In 2021 our webinars attracted over 6,200 viewers. You can catch up on all our previous webinars and register for upcoming webinars.

Available to members and non-members.


Our monthly Governing Chatters podcast, featuring the NGA team and guest speakers, provides opportunities for deeper discussion and sharing of practical experiences. Join us for our latest Governing Chatters podcast and listen to our on-demand series. You can find Governing Chatters wherever you download your podcasts. In 2021 our podcasts attracted over 6,400 listeners across 19 episodes

Available to members and non-members.

Summer and Annual Conferences

We hold two national conferences for members each year. Our Summer Conference in June is online and our Annual Conference and AGM in November is face-to-face.

Attended by up to 250 delegates, these events draw high-profile speakers including government ministers, senior education leaders and officials. They provide opportunities to discuss developments in governance.

Available to members.

“A very useful and informative conference. I found both days very interesting with a good mix of speakers and topics.” Member

“The webinars and virtual conferences have been extremely useful and very professionally organised.” Member

Governance Professionals’ Annual Conference

Our online annual conference for governance professionals features informative keynotes and practical workshops offering guidance on how to carry out the clerking role effectively. Speakers and panellists include individuals who currently clerk, legal professionals, NGA staff and colleagues from the Department for Education.

Available to members.

SEND Conference

Held every two years, our online SEND conference both informs NGA policy work and promotes the effective governance of SEND. Aimed at those who govern in mainstream and specialist settings, it provides governing boards and management committees with practical advice from professionals and practitioners working within the sector, NGA staff and the Department for Education.

Available to members.

Governance Leadership Forum

Our online governance leadership forums are an important platform for those governing and leading trusts and academies in similar situations to share ideas, explore future plans and discuss the issues they face.

Available to chairs, co-chairs, vice-chairs and school leaders with NGA GOLD membership, Standard membership, Trust board membership, and Individual membership.

Regional Forums

Our online regional forums focus on exchange of information, NGA updates and a chance for members to highlight their needs. They are an effective way to make your voice heard: NGA’s policy and information team takes the themes raised at these events to parliamentarians and influential civil servants.

Available to members.

Special interest networks

Our special interest networks provide focal points to meet together, exchange ideas and share best practice with peers.

Our special interest networks include:

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