NGA latest news

Jan
28

Teacher recruitment and retention strategy announced

Monday, 28 January 2019

The Department for Education has released its Teacher Recruitment and Retention strategy, which aims to “make sure a career in teaching continues to be attractive, rewarding and sustainable.” The strategy seeks to tackle the issues that are of most concern to teachers and school leaders including workload, flexible working opportunities, the high-stakes accountability system and the volume of learning facing new teachers. It aims to free-up more time for teachers to spend teaching, attract more people to the profession and encourage others to remain in the profession.

Jan
25

Ethical approach to executive pay in academy trusts urged in new guidance

Friday, 25 January 2019

To support governing boards of academy trusts in setting a framework for the pay of their executive leader, NGA has produced new guidance. It builds on the ESFA’s Academies Financial Handbook 2018 which advises that “the board of trustees must ensure its decisions about levels of executive pay follow a robust evidence-based process and are reflective of the individual’s roles and responsibilities”.

Jan
25

New framework to support governors and trustees in ethical decision-making

Friday, 25 January 2019

A new set of principles to support school governors and trustees, as well as executive leaders, in navigating “the educational moral maze” are revealed in the Ethical Leadership Commission’s final report.

Jan
16

Ofsted opens consultation on new education inspection framework

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Ofsted has today published for consultation its draft framework for the inspection of maintained and academy schools, to take effect from September 2019.

Dec
13

Arts and cultural education eLearning module launched to support school governors and trustees

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Cultural education is an essential part of a broad and balanced curriculum, and to inform and empower those involved in school governance on how arts and cultural education can be used for school improvement and enhancing the school curriculum, NGA has collaborated with Arts Council England to develop an eLearning module.

Nov
17

Emma Knights gives annual address at NGA annual conference

Saturday, 17 November 2018

NGA's chief executive Emma Knights delivers the annual address at our annual conference. (This may not appear exactly as delivered.)

Nov
17

Growing school governance: NGA unveils annual report of achievements in 2018

Saturday, 17 November 2018

At its annual conference and AGM today (18 November), the National Governance Association (NGA) launched its annual report of achievements charting how it has driven effective school governance from system level to individual board level in 2018.

Nov
09

DfE announce new school improvement offer

Friday, 09 November 2018

NGA responds to the announcement of a new school improvement offer from the Department for Education (DfE) for this school year.

Nov
05

NGA supports DfE recommendations for governing boards on teacher workload

Monday, 05 November 2018

Teacher workload has been a major issue in the education sector for some time. To help address this challenge, the report of the Department for Education’s Workload Advisory Group has today (5 November) been published, alongside a letter from the Secretary of State for Education accepting all of the report’s recommendations and committing to take action. Amongst other areas, the report makes recommendations for governing boards and in support of these recommendations, NGA has co-signed the secretary of state’s letter to school leaders to encourage and support them in adopting the recommendations in their own context.

Nov
02

New edition of The Chair's Handbook published

Friday, 02 November 2018

Now in its seventh edition, The Chair’s Handbook – written by the National Governance Association and published today – is a valuable resource for current and new chairs alike. The role of the chair of a governing board in a state-funded school in England should be viewed in the same light as that of the chair of the board in any other sector, and this guide draws on practice from across a range of sectors to apply to governing boards of all schools and trusts, from the smallest to the biggest.

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